Dr Mojgan Rabiey PhD, FHEA

Dr Mojgan Rabiey

School of Biosciences
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact details

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mojgan Rabiey is experts in molecular plant-microbe interaction. She works on biological control of tree diseases caused by bacteria. Her main interest is the evolution of tree pathogenic bacteria and bacteriophages, and how bacteriophages can be utilised as an alternative to antibiotics to control fungal and bacterial diseases in plants.


  • PhD in Plant Pathology
  • M.Sc in Plant Pathology
  • B.Sc in Plant Protection


Dr Mojgan Rabiey completed her PhD at University of Reading, where she worked on biological control of Fusarium diseases of wheat (head blight and root rot diseases) using endophytic fungi. Her two postdoctoral career at Reading focused on the biological control of plant diseases; one using a rust pathogen to control population of invasive weed species and another one using bacteriophages to control tree bacterial diseases. She then moved to University of Birmingham to work on how new strains of Pseudomonas syringae bacterial pathogens emerge and evolve on potential hosts using cultivated and wild cherry trees. In addition, she wants to understand how readily gene exchange mediated by phages occurs between P. syringae strains.


  • Plant-microbe interaction
  • Biological control
  • Tree disease management
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Bacteriophage-bacteria evolution


Recent publications


Paliwal, D, Rabiey, M, Mauchline, TH, Hassani-Pak, K, Nauen, R, Wagstaff, C, Andrews, S, Bass, C & Jackson, R 2024, 'Multiple toxins and a protease contribute to the aphid-killing ability of Pseudomonas fluorescens PpR24', Environmental Microbiology, vol. 26, no. 4, e16604. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.16604

Al Zadjali, M, Rabiey, M, McMillan, V, Shaw, LJ, Hammond-Kosack, K, Malone, JG, Mauchline, TH & Jackson, RW 2023, 'Characterising the Influence of First-Year Wheat Cultivar on Pseudomonas Selection and Function in a Take-All Infected Field', Crops, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 195-208. https://doi.org/10.3390/crops3030019

Nielsen, TK, Winther-Have, CS, Thomsen, IM, Jackson, RW, Rabiey, M, Hennessy, RC, Bak, F, Kot, W, Nicolaisen, MH, Carstens, AB & Hansen, LH 2023, 'Genetic rearrangements in Pseudomonas amygdali pathovar aesculi shape coronatine plasmids', Infection, Genetics and Evolution, vol. 113, 105486. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2023.105486

Hulin, MT, Rabiey, M, Zeng, Z, Dieguez, AV, Bellamy, S, Swift, P, Mansfield, JW, Jackson, RW & Harrison, RJ 2023, 'Genomic and functional analysis of phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer in Pseudomonas syringae on the plant surface', New Phytologist, vol. 237, no. 3, pp. 959-973. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.18573

Rabiey, M, Welch, T, Sanchez-Lucas, R, Stevens, K, Raw, M, Kettles, GJ, Catoni, M, McDonald, MC, Jackson, RW & Luna, E 2022, 'Scaling-up to understand tree-pathogen interactions: a steep, tough climb or a walk in the park?', Current opinion in plant biology, vol. 68, 102229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2022.102229

Wood, S, Maczey, N, Currie, A, Lowry, A, Rabiey, M, Ellison, C, Jackson, R & Gange, A 2021, 'Rapid impact of Impatiens glandulifera control on above- and belowground invertebrate communities', Weed Research, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 35-44. https://doi.org/10.1111/wre.12454

Grace, ER, Rabiey, M, Friman, V & Jackson, RW 2021, 'Seeing the forest for the trees: Use of phages to treat bacterial tree diseases', Plant Pathology, vol. 70, no. 9, pp. 1987-2004. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppa.13465

Storey, N, Rabiey, M, Neuman, B, Jackson, R & Mulley, G 2020, 'Genomic Characterisation of Mushroom Pathogenic Pseudomonads and Their Interaction with Bacteriophages', Viruses, vol. 12, no. 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/v12111286

James, S, Rabiey, M, Neuman, B, Jackson, R & Percival, G 2020, 'Isolation, characterisation and experimental evolution of phage that infect the horse chestnut tree pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv. aesculi', Current Microbiology, vol. 77, no. 8, pp. 1438-1447. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00284-020-01952-1

Rabiey, M, Roy, S, Holtappels, D, Franceschetti, L, Quilty, B, Creeth, R, Sundin, G, Wagemans, J, Lavigne, R & Jackson, R 2020, 'Phage biocontrol to combat Pseudomonas syringae pathogens causing disease in cherry', Microbial Biotechnology, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1428-1445. https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13585

Review article

Rabiey, M, Hailey, LE, Roy, SR, Grenz, K, Al-Zadjali, MAS, Barrett, GA & Jackson, RW 2019, 'Endophytes vs tree pathogens and pests: can they be used as biological control agents to improve tree health?', European Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 155, no. 3, pp. 711-729. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-019-01814-y

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