Joe Win

Joe Win


I am fascinated by nature and evolution of Life (aren’t we all?). To me, nothing is more compelling than observing the arm race between plant pathogens and their hosts that are co-evolving in a vicious cycle of attack and defence: “Gene-for-Gene”, “Boom-and-Bust”, “Guard-Guardee-Decoy Hypothesis”, “Zig-Zag-Zig”, and “All That Jazz”. Specifically, I am interrogating a notorious plant pathogen called Phytophthora infestans, an oomycete aka the Irish potato famine pathogen, that causes blight disease on potatoes and tomatoes.

We know that this pathogen suppresses plant immunity and manipulates plant physiological processes through the activity of so called effectors that are translocated inside the plant cells, and thought to interact with the plant proteins to do their deeds.

I am performing in planta co-immunoprecipitation experiments using tagged effectors to fish out the interacting plant proteins which are then identified by mass spectrometry, ultimately aiming to unravel the functions of these effectors.

Job history

  • 2007 -


    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2003 - 2006

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    The Ohio State University, USA
  • 1997 - 1998

    Research Technician

    School of Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand