SCIENCE

Dr KOSTYA KANYUKA

Functional Genomics Scientist

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

Kostya is a functional genomics scientist with a keen interest in plant-microbe Interactions. His group employs and develops state-of-the-art functional genomics approaches, such as virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS), virus-mediated heterologous protein overexpression (VOX) and host-induced gene silencing (HIGS), as well as classical genetic approaches to identify genes underlying compatible and incompatible interactions between cereal crops and phytopathogenic fungi. The group is also interested in understanding the role of small non-coding RNAs in plant-pathogen interactions, and in developing novel RNA interference-based approaches for improved resistance to fungal pathogens. Recent key scientific achievements include the identification of two wheat immune receptors activating defence in response to fungal cell-wall derived chitin, isolation of the first wheat gene (Stb6) that controls resistance to the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici, and identification of apoplastic fungal effector proteins that are recognised by the cell surface immune receptors and induce cell death in non-host plants.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
kostya.kanyuka@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 232

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        SOCIAL MEDIA

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        PUBLICATIONS

        Strategic programme

        • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)

        Science project

        • Bilateral BBSRC-Embrapa: Using disease risk forecasting, NGS and HIGS to explore and control Fusarium Head Blight disease in wheat field
        • Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN)

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 1991 - PhD in Molecular Biology, Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Moscow, Russia
        • 1987 - MSc in Biochemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
        • 1986 - BSc in Biochemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • Present - Member, BBSRC's Pool of Experts, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science, Board of International Advisors, New Phytologist, Member, IWGSC Coordinating Committee & Lead WAK gene family annotation, Member, EWG on Control of wheat diseases and pests of the Wheat Initiative
        • 2008 -2015 - Editorial Board, Molecular Plant Pathology
        • 2012-2017 - Institute Biological Safety Officer