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Dr Philip Carella

Dr Philip Carella

Visiting Researcher

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street
Cambridge CB2 1LR


I completed my PhD at McMaster University (Canada), where I studied phloem-mediated long-distance immune signalling induced by a bacterial pathogen in the model angiosperm Arabidopsis thaliana. Feeling a need to branch out a little, I joined Dr. Sebastian Schornack’s group  to study interactions between filamentous microbes and non-vascular early divergent land plants. Our goal is to identify core developmental processes required for the colonization of early land plant tissues by filamentous microbes and to understand how these processes evolved into the defense and symbiotic programs employed by vascular plants. 

Key Publications

Philip Carella, Anna Gogleva, David John Hoey, Anthony John Bridgen, Sara Christina Stolze, Hirofumi Nakagami, and Sebastian Schornack. (2019). Conserved Biochemical Defenses Underpin Host Responses to Oomycete Infection in an Early-Divergent Land Plant Lineage. Current Biology. doi

Carella, P., Gogleva, A., Tomaselli, M., Alfs, C., and Schornack, S. (2018) Phytophthora palmivora establishes tissue-specific intracellular infection structures in the earliest divergent land plant lineage. PNAS (Online Early: Previously on bioRxiv (2017, Pre-Print). doi:

Carella, P., and Schornack, S. (2017) Manipulation of bryophyte hosts by pathogenic and symbiotic microbes. Plant and Cell Physiology, pcx182,

Carella, P., Merl-Pham, J., Wilson, D.C., Dey, S., Hauck, S.M., Vlot, A.C., and Cameron, R.K. (2016) Comparative proteomics analysis of phloem exudates collected during the induction of systemic acquired resistance. Plant Physiol. 171: 1495-1510.

Carella, P., Isaacs, M., and Cameron, R.K. (2015) Plasmodesmata-located protein (PDLP) overexpression negatively impacts the manifestation of systemic acquired resistance and the long-distance movement of DIR1 in Arabidopsis. Plant Biology. 17: 395-401.