Ayako Tsushima

Visiting Scientist
Sophien Kamoun Group

The goal of my research is to understand the interaction between plants and microbes with a particular focus on how fungal plant pathogens colonize effectively on their hosts. As a PhD student, I study Colletotrichum fungi that collectively have a broad host range and cause a devastating damage on many kinds of crops. It is known that plant pathogens secrete small proteins called effectors to manipulate host cells and promote infection. I hope to understand the functions of effectors from Colletotrichum fungi at the molecular level and provide novel insights into plant-microbe interactions.
Research ID: D-5071-2017

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Gan P, Narusaka M, Tsushima A, Narusaka Y, Takano Y, Shirasu K (2017)

Draft Genome Assembly of Colletotrichum chlorophyti, a Pathogen of Herbaceous Plants. Genome Announc. 2017 Mar 9;5(10). pii: e01733-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01733-16.

Gan P, Narusaka M, Kumakura N, Tsushima A, Takano Y, Narusaka Y, Shirasu K (2016)

Genus-Wide Comparative Genome Analyses of Colletotrichum Species Reveal Specific Gene Family Losses and Gains during Adaptation to Specific Infection Lifestyles. Genome Biol Evol. 2016 May 22;8(5):1467-81. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw089.

Job History

2016 – present PhD Student, The University of Tokyo

2014 – 2016 Masters Student, The University of Tokyo