Harvard Medical School
Kolter Lab


Jorge Rocha
The control of bacterial pathogens in agriculture is limited by a lack of information on the mechanisms underlying interactions between the organisms involved. The switch between free-living and host-associated lifestyle of the bacteria is a complex event including signaling, recognition and several levels of adaptation. My work focuses on describing the bacterial traits involved in the establishment of an ecological interaction comprising a plant pathogen, its insect vector, and the host plant. Also, I am interested in developing genetic tools and strategies for the study of non-model bacterial strains which impact agriculture.