Josephine Maidment

Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

In the 2Blades group, I will be working on a collaborative project to identify new sources of genetic resistance to fungal pathogens. I am interested in molecular plant pathology, and my PhD research focused on protein-protein interactions during rice blast disease.


Oikawa K, Fujisaki K, Shimizu M, Takeda T, Saitoh H, Hirabuchi A, Hiraka Y, Białas A, Langner T, Kellner R, Bozkurt TO, Cesari S, Kroj T, Maidment JHR, Banfield MJ, Kamoun S, Terauchi R (2020)

The blast pathogen effector AVR-Pik binds and stabilizes rice heavy metal-associated (HMA) proteins to co-opt their function in immunity. bioRxiv preprint Dec 02, 2020 doi:

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Maidment JHR, Franceschetti M, Maqbool A, Saitoh H, Jantasuriyarat C, Kamoun S, Terauchi R, Banfield MJ (2020)

Multiple variants of the blast fungus effector AVR-Pik bind the HMA domain of the rice protein OsHIPP19 with high affinity. bioRxiv preprint Dec 01, 2020 doi:

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De la Concepcion JC, Maidment JHR, Longya A, Xiao G, Franceschetti M, Banfield MJ (2020)

The allelic rice immune receptor Pikh confers extended resistance to strains of the blast fungus through a single polymorphism in the effector binding interface. bioRxiv preprint Sept 05, 2020 doi:

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Longya A, Chaipanya C, Franceschetti M, Maidment JHR, Banfield MJ, Jantasuriyarat C (2019)

Gene Duplication and Mutation in the Emergence of a Novel Aggressive Allele of the AVR-Pik Effector in the Rice Blast Fungus. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2019 Jun;32(6):740-749. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-09-18-0245-R. Epub 2019 May 1.

Varden FA, De la Concepcion JC, Maidment JH, Banfield MJ (2017)

Taking the stage: effectors in the spotlight. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2017 Aug;38:25-33. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.013. Epub 2017 Apr 28.

Job History

2019 – present Laboratory Technician, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2015 – 2019 PhD Student, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK