Amelia Lovelace

Postdoctoral Scientist
Wenbo Ma Group

I am interested in understanding the virulence factors of the phloem-colonizing bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), which is associated with the citrus disease Huanglongbing. More specifically, my current research identifies the CLas genes that are important during association with its vector host, Asian Citrus Psyllid and during disease its plant host, Citrus.

My PhD work focused on using bacterial monitoring of the plant pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, during exposure to Pattern Triggered Immunity (PTI) to identify potential molecular mechanisms of PTI.


Lovelace AH, Lee S, Down DM, Soufi Z, Bota P, Preston GM, Kvitko BH (2020)

RpoS Contributes to Successful Opportunistic Colonization by Human Enteric Pathogens during Plant Disease. bioRxiv.

Lovelace AH (2020)

Genome-Wide Bacterial Response to Plant innate Immunity. University of Georgia. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. 28154583.

Lovelace AH, Smith A, Kvitko BH (2018)

Pattern-Triggered Immunity Alters the Transcriptional Regulation of Virulence-Associated Genes and Induces the Sulfur Starvation Response in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. MPMI 31(7): 450-765.

Smith A, Lovelace AH, Kvitko BH (2018)

Validation of RT-qPCR Approaches to Monitor Pseudomonas syringae Gene Expression During Infection and Exposure to Pattern-Triggered Immunity. MPMI 31(4): 410-419.

Job History

2021 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2015 – 2020 PhD. in Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

2010 – 2014 B.A. in Mathematics and Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD USA