Dr. Maxim Prokchorchik

Maxim Prokchorchik
© Maxim Prokchorchik

Research focus

I have been studying the plant-pathogen interactions using classical molecular biology and bioinformatic approaches. I am particularly interested in plant immunity system evolution and pathogen effector characterization. At Djamei lab I am focused on plant immunity receptors investigation and Ustilago maydis effector characterization.

Education and employment

2009 – 2014                        Belarus State University (Belarus) – BSc, Molecular Biology

07.2013  – 08.2013            John Innes Center (UK) – research internship

2014 – 2018                        Massey University (New Zealand) – PhD, Plant science

2018 – 2020                        Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH, Republic of Korea) – postdoctoral researcher

2020 – present                   University of Bonn (Germany), postdoctoral researcher


Choi, S.*, Prokchorchik, M.*, Lee, H., Gupta, R., Lee, Y., Chung, E.H., Cho, B., Kim, M.S., Kim, S.T., Sohn, K.H. (2021). Direct acetylation of a conserved threonine of RIN4 by the bacterial effector HopZ5 or AvrBsT activates RPM1-dependent immunity in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant, 27:S1674-2052(21)00305-1. https://10.1016/j.molp.2021.07.017 (* - equal contribution)

Pandey, A., Moon, H., Choi, S., Yoon, H., Prokchorchik, M., Jayaraman, J., Sujeevan, R., Kang, Y.M., McCann, H., Segonzac, C., Kim, C.M., Park, S.J., Sohn, K. (2021). Ralstonia solanacearum type III effector RipJ triggers bacterial wilt resistance in Solanum pimpinellifolium. Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI. https://10.1094/MPMI-09-20-0256-R

Moon, H., Pandey, A., Yoon, H., Choi, S., Jeon, H., Prokchorchik, M., Jung, G., Witek, K., Valls, M., McCann, H. C., Kim, M. S., Jones, J., Segonzac, C., & Sohn, K. H. (2021). Identification of RipAZ1 as an avirulence determinant of Ralstonia solanacearum in Solanum americanum. Molecular plant pathology, 10.1111/mpp.13030. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.13030

Prokchorchik, M., Pandey, A., Moon, H., Kim, W., Jeon, H., Jung, G., Jayaraman, J., Poole, S., Segonzac, C., Sohn, K. H., & McCann, H. C. (2020). Host adaptation and microbial competition drive Ralstonia solanacearum phylotype I evolution in the Republic of Korea. Microbial genomics, 6(11), mgen000461. https://doi.org/10.1099/mgen.0.000461

Kim, W., Prokchorchik, M., Tian, Y., Kim, S., Jeon, H., & Segonzac, C. (2020). Perception of unrelated microbe-associated molecular patterns triggers conserved yet variable physiological and transcriptional changes in Brassica rapa ssp. pekinensis. Horticulture research, 7(1), 186. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-020-00410-0

Lee, Y., Cho, K. S., Seo, J. H., Sohn, K. H., & Prokchorchik, M. (2020). Improved Genome Sequence and Gene Annotation Resource for the Potato Late Blight Pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI, 33(8), 1025–1028. https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-02-20-0023-A

Prokchorchik, M., Choi, S., Chung, E. H., Won, K., Dangl, J. L., & Sohn, K. H. (2020). A host target of a bacterial cysteine protease virulence effector plays a key role in convergent evolution of plant innate immune system receptors. The New phytologist, 225(3), 1327–1342. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16218

Prokchorchik, M., Won, K., Lee, Y., Segonzac, C., & Sohn, K. H. (2020). Whole Genome Enabled Phylogenetic and Secretome Analyses of Two Venturia nashicola Isolates. The plant pathology journal, 36(1), 98–105. https://doi.org/10.5423/PPJ.NT.10.2019.0258

Prokchorchik, M., Won, K., Lee, Y., Choi, E. D., Segonzac, C., & Sohn, K. H. (2019). High Contiguity Whole Genome Sequence and Gene Annotation Resource for Two Venturia nashicola Isolates. Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI, 32(9), 1091–1094. https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-03-19-0072-A

Gorshkov, V., Gubaev, R., Petrova, O., Daminova, A., Gogoleva, N., Ageeva, M., Parfirova, O., Prokchorchik, M., Nikolaichik, Y., Gogolev, Y. (2018). Transcriptome profiling helps to identify potential and true molecular switches of stealth to brute force behavior in Pectobacterium atrosepticum during systemic colonization of tobacco plants. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 152, 957–976. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-018-1496-6

Jayaraman, J., Choi, S., Prokchorchik, M., Choi, D. S., Spiandore, A., Rikkerink, E. H., Templeton, M. D., Segonzac, C., & Sohn, K. H. (2017). A bacterial acetyltransferase triggers immunity in Arabidopsis thaliana independent of hypersensitive response. Scientific reports, 7(1), 3557. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-03704-x

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