William Truman
Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences
34 Strzeszynska street, PL-60-479 Poznan
[+48 61] 65 50 287

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:


B.Sc. – Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Durham University, UK (1999)

M.Sc. – Plant Biotechnology, Imperial College London, Wye, UK (2001)

Ph.D. – Plant Molecular Biology, Imperial College London, Wye, UK (2005)


2005 – 2006: Postdoctoral researcher, Imperial College London, Wye, UK

2006 – 2009: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Exeter, UK

2010 – 2015: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, US

Key Research Interests:

My main interest in understanding the regulatory networks that control plants responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. My previous research has focused on the interaction between the model plant Arabidopsis and the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. I am interested in using bioinformatic tools to mine data from assorted omics platforms and characterise the networks that underpin stress responses. Many components of plants immune networks are also deployed in regulating development and accommodating changes in the abiotic environment; I am interested in exploring how these multi-purpose networks emerge and are integrated.

Selected Publications:

1. Truman W, Sreekanta S, Lu Y, Bethke G, Tsuda K, Katagiri F, Glazebrook J (2013) The Calmodulin Binding Protein 60 family includes both negative and positive regulators of plant immunity. Plant Physiol. 163(4): 1741-51

2. Truman W, Glazebrook J (2012) Co-expression analysis identifies putative targets for CBP60g and SARD1 regulation. BMC Plant Biology 12: 216

3. Truman W, Bennett MH, Turnbull C, Grant M (2010) Arabidopsis auxin mutants are compromised in systemic acquired resistance and exhibit aberrant accumulation of various indolic compounds. Plant Physiol. 152(3): 1562-73

4. Truman W, Bennett MH, Kubigsteltig I, Turnbull C, Grant M (2007) Arabidopsis systemic immunity uses conserved defense signaling pathways and is mediated by jasmonates. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 104(3): 1075-80

5. Truman W, de Zabala MT, Grant M (2006) Type III effectors orchestrate a complex interplay between transcriptional networks to modify basal defence responses during pathogenesis and resistance. Plant J. 46(1): 14-33

6. de Torres Zabala M, Littlejohn G, Jayaraman S, Studholme D, Bailey T, Lawson T, Tillich M, Licht D, Bölter B, Delfino L, Truman W, Mansfield J, Smirnoff N, Grant M (2015) Chloroplasts play a central role in plant defence and are targeted by pathogen effectors. Nature Plants 1(6): 15704

7. Bethke G, Grundman RE, Sreekanta S, Truman W, Katagiri F, Glazebrook J (2014) Arabidopsis pectin methylesterase contribute to immunity against Pseudomonas syringae. Plant Physiol. 164(2): 1093-107

8. Rayson S, Arciga-Reyes L, Wootton L, De Torres Zabala M, Truman W, Graham N, Grant M, Davies B (2012) A role for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay in plants: pathogen responses are induced in Arabidopsis thaliana NMD mutants. PLoS One 7(2):e31917

9. Wang L, Tsuda K, Truman W, Sato M, Nguyen le V, Katagiri F, Glazebrook J (2011) CBP60g and SARD1 play partially redundant critical roles in salicylic acid signaling. Plant J. 67(6): 1029-41

10. Ward JL, Forcat S, Beckmann M, Bennett M, Miller SJ, Baker JM, Hawkins ND, Vermeer CP, Lu C, Lin W, Truman W, Beale MH, Draper J, Mansfield JW, Grant M (2010) The metabolic transition during disease following infection of Arabidopsis thaliana by Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. Plant J. 63(3): 443-57

11. Savage RS, Heller K, Xu Y, Ghahramani Z, Truman W, Grant M, Denby KJ, Wild DL (2009) R/BHC: fast Bayesian hierarchical clustering for microarray data. BMC Bioinformatics 10(1): 242.

12. Galvez-Valdivieso G, Fryer MJ, Lawson T, Slattery K, Truman W, Smirnoff N, Asami T, Davies WJ, Jones AM, Baker NR, Mullineaux PM (2009) The High Light Response in Arabidopsis Involves ABA Signaling between Vascular and Bundle Sheath Cells. Plant Cell, 21(7): 2143-62

13. de Torres Zabala M, Bennett MH, Truman W, Grant MR (2009) Antagonism between salicylic and abscisic acid reflects early host-pathogen conflict and moulds plant defence responses. Plant J. 59(3): 375-386

14. de Torres-Zabala M, Truman W, Bennett MH, Lafforgue G, Mansfield JW, Rodriguez Egea P, Bogre L, Grant M (2007) Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato hijacks the Arabidopsis abscisic acid signalling pathway to cause disease. EMBO J. 26(5): 1434-43

15. Jones AM, Thomas V, Truman B, Lilley K, Mansfield J, Grant M (2004) Specific changes in the Arabidopsis proteome in response to bacterial challenge: differentiating basal and R-gene mediated resistance. Phytochemistry, 65(12): 1805-16