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Brian Howard Kvitko

Assistant Professor
  • Plant Pathology
Mailing Address:
Athens, CAES Campus
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Kvitko Lab

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Jan 2009
B.S. in Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Jun 2003

Research Interests and Current Efforts  

Mechanisms of plant immune action on bacteria.
Molecular plant-microbe interactions of Pantoea sp.
Bacterial genetic and genomic engineering and genetic tool development.

Recent Publications

PubMed author profile ( BH)

Steven T. Bruckbauer, Brian H. Kvitko, RoxAnn R. Karkhoff-Schweizer, and Herbert P Schweizer. 2015. Tn5/7-lux: a versatile tool for the identification and capture of promoters in Gram-negative bacteria. BMC Microbiology2015,15:17doi:10.1186/s12866-015-0354-3.

Zhongmeng Bao, Paul Stodghill, Christopher R. Myers, Hanh Lam, Hai-Lei Wei, Suma Chakravarthy, Brian H. Kvitko, Alan Collmer, Samuel Cartinhour, Peter Schweitzer, Bryan Swingle. 2014. Genomic plasticity enables phenotypic variation of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. PLoS ONE. 9(2): e86628. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086628.

Kvitko, Brian H., Ian A. McMillan and Herbert P. Schweizer. 2013. An improved method for the oriT-directed cloning and functionalization of large bacterial genomic regions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79.4869-78.

Kvitko, Brian H., Christopher Cox, David DeShazer, Johnson, S.L., Voorhees, K.J., and Herbert P. Schweizer. 2012. φX216, a P2-like bacteriophage with broad Burkholderia pseudomallei and B. mallei strain infectivity. BMC Microbiology. 12:289.

Worley, Jay, Alistair Russell, Aaron Wexler, Philip Bronstein, Brian H. Kvitko, Stuart Krasnoff, Kathy Munkvold, Bryan Swingle, Donna Gibson, and Alan Collmer. 2012. Evidence that Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 CmaL (PSPTO4723), a DUF1330 family member, is needed to produce L-allo-isoleucine, a precursor for the phytotoxin coronatine. Journal of Bacteriology. 195(2):287-96.

Kvitko, Brian H., Andrew Goodyear, Katie L. Propst, Steven W. Dow, and Herbert P. Schweizer. 2012. Burkholderia pseudomallei known siderophores and hemin uptake are dispensable for induction of lethal murine melioidosis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 6(6): e1715. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001715

Kvitko, Brian H.*, Steven Bruckbauer*, John Prucha, Ian McMillan, Erin Breland Stephanie Lehman, Katie Mladinich, Roxann Karkhoff-Schweizer, and Herbert P. Schweizer. 2012. A simple method for construction of pir+ Enterobacterial hosts for maintenance of R6K replicon plasmids. BMC Research Notes. 5:157. doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-157. *Co-first author

Massey, Shane, Katie Johnston, Tiffany M. Mott, Barbara M. Judy, Brian H. Kvitko, Herbert P. Schweizer, D. Mark Estes, and Alfredo G. Torres. 2011. In vivo bioluminescence imaging of Burkholderia mallei respiratory infection and treatment in the mouse model. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 2:174. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00174.

Mima, Takehiko, Brian H. Kvitko, Drew A. Rholl, Malcolm G.P. Page, Eric Desarbre, and Herbert P. Schweizer. 2011. In vitro activity of BAL30072 against Burkholderia pseudomallei. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 38(2)157-9.

Kvitko, Brian. H. and Alan Collmer. 2011. Construction of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 mutant and polymutant strains. In Methods in Molecular Biology: Plant Immunity. Vol. 712. 109-128.McDowell, J. (ed.). Humana Press. Book Chapter.

Cunnac, Sébastien, Suma Chakravarthy, Brian H. Kvitko, Alistair B. Russell, Gregory B. Martin, and Alan Collmer. 2011. Genetic disassembly and combinatorial reassembly identify a minimal functional repertoire of type III effectors in Pseudomonas syringae. PNAS. Vol. 108, No. 7:2975-2980.

Munkvold, Kathy R.*, Alistair B. Russell*, Brian H Kvitko, and Alan Collmer. 2009. Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 Type III Effector HopAA1-1 Functions Redundantly with Chlorosis-Promoting Factor PSPTO4723 to Produce Bacterial Speck Lesions in Host Tomato. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 22:1341-1355. Cover Article *Co-first authors

Kvitko, Brian H., Duck Hwan Park, André C. Velásquez, Chia-Fong Wei, Alistair B. Russell,Gregory B. Martin, David J. Schneider  and Alan Collmer. 2009. Deletions in the repertoire of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 type III secretion effector genes reveal functional overlap among effectors. PLoS Pathogens. 5:e1000388.

Oh, Hye-Sook, Brian H. Kvitko, Joanne E. Morello, and Alan Collmer. 2007. Pseudomonas syringae lytic transglycosylases co-regulated with the type III secretion system contribute to the translocation of effector proteins into plant cells. Journal of Bacteriology. 189:8277-8299.

Kvitko, Brian H.*, Adela R. Ramos* Joanne E. Morello, Hye-Sook Oh and Alan Collmer. 2007. Identification of harpins in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 which are functionally similar to HrpK1 in promoting translocation of type III secretion system effectors. Journal of Bacteriology. 189:8059-8072. *Co-first authors

Wei, Chia-Fong*, Brian H. Kvitko*, Rena Shimizu, Emerson Crabill, James R. Alfano, Nai-Chun Lin, Gregory B. Martin, Hsiou-Chen Huang and Alan Collmer. 2007. A Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 mutant lacking the type III effector HopQ1-1 is able to cause disease in the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana. The Plant Journal.  51:32-46. Cover Article *Co-first authors

Christner, Brent C., Brian H. Kvitko II and John N. Reeve. 2003. Molecular identification of Bacteria and Eukarya inhabiting an Antarctic cryoconite hole. Extremophiles 7:177-183.