2014 PhD. Horticulture (Molecular Plant Pathology). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. Dissertation: Characterization of Type Three Effector Genes of A. citrulli, the Causal Agent of Bacterial Fruit Blotch of Cucurbits. Advisor: Bingyu Zhao
2009 M.Sc. Molecular Biology. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. Thesis: Cloning and expression of synthetic peptide genes in Sweetpotato for use as therapeutic drug against cancer. Advisor: Marceline Egnin
2005 M.Sc. Animal Biology and Physiology, Université de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
2004 B.Sc. Biological Sciences. Université de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Understanding the molecular mechanisms by which Xylella fastidiosa, manipulate its host plants in order to design strategies that can help to control the related diseases.
Honors and Awards:
- 2009, Tuskegee University, Outstanding Performance in Biotech and Genomics.
- 2008, Tuskegee University, Outstanding Service as Lead Coordinator of USDA Biotechnology Conference between the US and West Africa.
Selected Research Projects:
- Bacteria Fruit Blotch Project. (BARD grant, 2010-2013). Member of joint research project team with Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, and University of Tel Aviv (Israel). The objectives of the project were to understand the molecular pathology of citrulli, to identify type three effector genes, and to use the effector genes as molecular probes to identify resistance gene that could be used to control BFB.
- Early Detection of BFB Disease in Seed and Embryos. Member of research project team. The objectives were to identify contaminated seed and embryo using the FTIR technology, and use the FTIR technology as an easy and powerful tool to screen and detect BFB disease in contaminated seeds and plantlets.
- The AvrRxo1 Project (NSF grant, 2010-2014). Member of research project team on AvrRxo1. The objectives of the project were to characterize the biological function of the type three effector gene AvrRxo1, as well as its interaction with its cognate resistant gene (R) Rxo1.
- Production of Vaccines in Sweet Potato (NSF and USDA grants, 2006-2009). The objective of the project was to use sweet potato as a system to express vaccine or therapeutic agents against cancer and HIV.
- Maintenance of Sweet Potato Germplasm (USDA grant, 2006-2009). The objective of the project was to maintain the widely germplasm collection of sweet potato through micro propagation in artificial medium for short and long term use.
Eckshtain-Levi, N., Munitz, T, Ž. M., Traore S., M., Spröer, C., Zhao, B., Welbaum G., Burman S. (2014). Comparative analysis of type III secreted effector genes reflects divergence of Acidovorax citrulli strains into three distinct lineages. Phytopathology (in press).
Traore, S. M., & Zhao, B. (2011). A novel Gateway®-compatible binary vector allows direct selection of recombinant clones in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Plant Methods, 7(42), 1-8.
Manuscripts Under Review:
- Traore, S. M, Miao J, Welbaum G, Zhao, B. (2014). Sequential Knockout of Type III Effectors in Acidovorax avenae subs. citrulli using a modified SacB/R gene cassette as the counter selectable markers. Journal of Molecular Biology. (Submitted 7-2014)
- Traore, S. M., Eckshtain-Levi, N., Sparks A. C., Burdman S., Walcott R., Welbaum, G., Zhao B. (2014). Employing Nicotiana benthamiana as a surrogate host for studying the pathogenicity of Acidovorax citrulli, the causal agent of Bacterial Fruit Blotch of cucurbits. Journal of Molecular Plant and Microbe Interactions. (Submitted 6-2014)
Selected Research Presentations and Workshops:
- Traore S. M., Eckshtain-Levi, N., Sparks, A. C., Burdman, S., Walcott, R., Welbaum, G., & Zhao, B. (2013). Characterize the type III effector repertoire in Acidovorax avenae subsp. Citrulli. Research paper presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathology Society, Austin TX.
- Traore, S. M., and Zhao, B. (March 2012) Using Nicotiana to study the pathogenicity of A citrulli. Research paper presentation given at the annual Potomac Subdivision meeting of the American Phytopathology Society, Winchester VA.
- Traore, S. M., & Zhao, B. (February 2011) Characterize the type III effector repertoire in Acidovorax avenae subsp. Citrulli. Poster presented at the annual Potomac Subdivision meeting of the American Phytopathology Society, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (Poster)
- Traore S. M, Mahon, L., Zhao, B., & Welbaum, G. (July 2011) Management of the Seed Transmitted Bacterial Fruit Bloch Disease of Cucurbits using the Maize Non-Host Disease Resistance Gene RXO1. Poster presented at the tenth annual, International Seed Science Society Meeting on Seed Biology, Salvador, Brazil.
- Traore, S. M., Egnin, M., Sanders, F., Powell, E., & Jaynes, J. (August, 2009). Cloning, characterization, and expression of synthetic tumor reducing peptide gene in sweet potato for use as therapeutic drugs against cancer. Poster presented at the annual In Vitro Biology Meeting, Charleston, North Carolina.
- Egnin M., Traore S. M., et al. (2007 and 2008). Cutting edge technology practicum in the GWCAES Teacher’s Biotechnology/Genomics. Workshop facilitated at Tuskegee University