Pradeep Kachroo

Pradeep Kachroo

Pradeep Kachroo


223 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546-0312

Last Revised: Apr 19th, 2024

Professional Biography




The overall goal of our research is to help understand how specific signaling pathways are induced during host-pathogen interaction, how these pathways communicate with each other and the molecular, genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying such regulations. We are using Arabidopsis as a model plant system and are studying its interaction with bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae, viral pathogen turnip crinkle virus (TCV) and fungal pathogens Colletotrichum higginsianum and Botrytis cinerea. With regards to signaling mechanisms our main interest is to decipher the role of fatty acid, lipid and cuticular pathways in local and systemic acquired resistance, to characterize resistance (R) protein-mediated signaling and to understand interaction between light and defense signaling.


  • PPA 500: Physiology of Plant Health and Disease
  • PPA 673: Advanced Plant Disease Resistance

Employment Highlights

  • Professor, University of Kentucky, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2007-2013
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 2002-2007
  • Senior Research Associate, Boyce-Thompson Institute, Cornell University, 2000-2003

Awards, Recognition, Service

2009 to Present

  • Prestigious Research Paper Award, Celebration of Land-Grant Research, 2014
  • Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Section Editor, 2013
  • Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Editor, 2013-present
  • BMC Plant Biology, Deputy Editor, 2009-present
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Associate Editor, 2009-2011
  • Plant Signaling & Behavior, Associate Editor, 2005-present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Plant Biology
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions


  • Lim GH, Shine MB, de Lorenzo L, Yu K, Cui W, Navarre D, Hunt AG, Lee J-Y, Kachroo A, Kachroo P. (2016) Plasmodesmata localizing proteins regulate transport and signaling during systemic immunity. Cell Host & Microbe 19:541-549


Ph.D., Microbiology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India & University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
M.S., Biotechnology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, 1989
B.S. (Honors), Botany, University of Delhi, India, 1987

Contact Information

201F Plant Science Building 1405 Veterans Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0312

(859) 257-7445