Anam Siddiqui

PhD Student
Cyril Zipfel Group

I am interested in unravelling novel receptor-ligand pairs that may play fundamental role in development and response to a/biotic stresses in Arabidopsis. We are only beginning to understand the complexity of these systems and it seems that adaptive pressures can give rise to non-canonical pathways in living cells. Conversely, it is quite recent that high throughput data has made it possible for us to discover and investigate these novel proteins and pathways. TSL provides me with an ideal platform to gain concrete knowledge of this field; from underscoring the role of novel phytocytokines in eliciting plant immune responses to investigating their mode of action and perception by receptor kinases in plants, alongside exploiting that mechanism to develop Fusarium resistant crop varieties.


Alam M, Tahir J, Siddiqui A, Magzoub M, Shahzad-Ul-Hussan S, Mackey D, Afzal AJ (2021)

RIN4 homologs from important crop species differentially regulate the Arabidopsis NB-LRR immune receptor, RPS2. Plant Cell Rep. 2021 Sep 5. doi: 10.1007/s00299-021-02771-9.

Job History

2021 – present PhD Student, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2019 – 2021 Scientific Technician, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK

2016 – 2018 Research Associate, Lahore University of Management Sciences. Pakistan

2014 – 2016 Lab Instructor, Lahore University of Management Sciences. Pakistan