Berlaine Quime

PhD Student
Nick Talbot Group

I completed my Master’s degree at the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a major in Plant Pathology and a cognate in Plant Breeding. I have always been interested in developing disease-resistant crops. I worked on breeding for disease resistance against rice blast by introgressing known resistance genes into widely cultivated rice cultivars. I also monitored the pathogen population structure of Magnaporthe oryzae by determining the prevalent avirulence genes present in the field in order to deploy the appropriate resistant varieties.

I started my PhD studies in October 2020 on a Halpin Rice Blast PhD Studentship. My project aims to investigate the cell biology of the rice blast pathogen, Magnaporthe oryzae, by defining the host-pathogen interface, looking at the major cellular changes in the host and focusing on the secretory route of effector proteins during plant infection.


Olukayode T, Quime B, Shen YC, Yanoria MJ, Zhang S, Yang J, Zhu X, Shen WC, von Tiedemann A, Zhou B (2019)

Dynamic Insertion of Pot3 in AvrPib Prevailing in a Field Rice Blast Population in the Philippines Led to the High Virulence Frequency Against the Resistance Gene Pib in Rice. Phytopathology. 2019 May;109(5):870-877. doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-06-18-0198-R.

Chaipanya C, Telebanco-Yanoria MJ, Quime B, Longya A, Korinsak S, Korinsak S, Toojinda T, Vanavichit A, Jantasuriyarat C, Zhou B (2017)

Dissection of broad-spectrum resistance of the Thai rice variety Jao Hom Nin conferred by two resistance genes against rice blast. Rice (N Y). 2017 Dec;10(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s12284-017-0159-0.

Selisana SM, Yanoria MJ, Quime B, Chaipanya C, Lu G, Opulencia R, Wang GL, Mitchell T, Correll J, Talbot NJ, Leung H, Zhou B (2017)

Avirulence (AVR) Gene-Based Diagnosis Complements Existing Pathogen Surveillance Tools for Effective Deployment of Resistance (R) Genes Against Rice Blast Disease. Phytopathology. 2017 Jun;107(6):711-720. doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-12-16-0451-R.

Job History

2020 – present PhD Student, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2017 – 2020 Assistant Scientist, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

2016 – 2017 Researcher, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

2016 – 2016 Intern, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

2013 – 2015 MSc Research Scholar, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

2012 – 2013 Research Technician, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines