Gijzen, Mark, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

1391 Sandford St
London, Ontario N5V 4T3
Telephone: 519-457-1470 (280)
Fax: 519-457-3997

Areas of Expertise:

  • Molecular plant pathology and plant molecular biology; the application of modern methods of molecular genetic analysis to discover associations between genes and traits; the construction and sampling of cDNA libraries for expressed sequence tags; transcript profiling using microarrays; identification of genes by map-based approaches; biochemical characterization of protein toxins and elicitors; genomics.
  • Disease Resistance - Root rot caused by Phytophthora sojae is a serious and ongoing disease problem for Canadian soybean growers. Research efforts concentrate on identifying pathogen factors that determine host range and virulence
  • Soybean Seed Quality - Seed quality characteristics affect the value and utilization of the crop and are important to importers, crushers, processors, seed dealers, and consumers of soy-based products. Our research focuses specifically on quality traits that are determined by the seed coat and pericarp tissues

Current Projects:

  • Plant Pathogenic Phytophthora: Molecular Determinants of Virulence and Pathogenicity
  • Soybean Seed Coat Proteins: Molecular Determinants of Quality and Allergenicity


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.





Other Science Related Publications:


  • Gijzen, M. and Qutob, D. (2009). "Phytophthora sojae and Soybean.", in Lamour, K. and Kamoun, S. (eds.) - Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions, and Research Tools, Wiley - Blackwell, Chapter 15, pp. 303-331.
  • Qutob, D., Dong, S., Tedman-Jones, J., Tyler, B.M., and Gijzen, M. (2009). "Gene duplication and copy number variation drives the evolution of Phytophthora RXLR effectors.", 14th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Centre des congrès de Québec, Québec City, QC, Canada, July 19-23, 2009.
  • Walton, J.D., Avis, T.J., Alfano, J.R., Gijzen, M., Spanu, P., Hammond-Kosack, K., and Sánchez, F. (2009). "Effectors, Effectors et encore des Effectors: The XIV International Congress on Molecular-Plant Microbe Interactions, Quebec (Meeting review).", Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 22(12), pp. 1479-1483.