Alex Corrion

Graduate Student


Alex Corrion



2008-2012, Michigan State University, B.S., Plant Biology

2013-Present, Michigan State University, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Pathology


2015, NSF-EAPSI Fellowship Recipient, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan (Dr. Yasuomi Tada)

2016, Kyung Soo Kim Student Travel Award and Evanthia D. and D. G. Kontaxis Student Travel Award, APS Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida

Research Interests

My curiosity in plant-microbe interactions stems from my childhood, where I worked for a number of years on a family operated produce farm. This is where I was first exposed to the problems that face agriculture as the worldwide population is increasing extremely rapidly. I am using the model pathosystem Arabidopsis thaliana-Pseudomonas syringae to define the molecular-genetic interactions underpinning host resistance. Specifically, I am using a combination of biochemical and cellular techniques to gain a better understanding of how NDR1 specifies resistance, including the role of NDR1 in ABA-mediated signaling processes. It is my ultimate goal to define the convergence of abiotic and biotic stress signaling processes.


Corrion, A., and Day, B. (2015). Pathogen resistance signaling in plants. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020119.pub2. pp. 1-14.

Weise, S.E., Li, Z., Sutter, A.E., Corrion, A., Banerjee, A. Sharkey, T.D. (2012). Measuring dimethlallyl diphosphate available fore isoprene synthesis. Analytical Biochemisty. 435: 27-34.