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Department of Plant Pathology Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Tanaka Lab – Personnel


Joel M. Sowders

Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Information

WSU Plant Pathology
PO BOX 646430
Pullman, WA, 99163-6430
Office – Plant Sciences Building 245
Lab – Plant Sciences Building 215
Phone: (509) 335-5813 | Fax: (509) 335-9581

joel.sowders [at]

  • 2023 (expected) Ph.D. (Molecular Plant Sciences), Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2017 B.S. (Cellular and Molecular Biology), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Professional Experience
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Molecular Plant Sciences Program (affiliated with Department of Plant Pathology), Washington State University, Pullman, WA (2018 – Present)
  • Teacher Assistant, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle WA (2017)
  • Undergraduate Research Intern, Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, Holland, MI (2016)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2014 – 2015)
Academic Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (2019 – Present)
Current Research Focus
  • Study on downstream mechanisms of extracellular ATP signal transduction
Profile links

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  1. Jewell JB, Sowders JM, He R, Willis MA, Gang DR, Tanaka K (2019) Extracellular ATP shapes a defense-related transcriptome both independently and along with other defense signaling pathways. Plant Physiol. 179: 1144-1158 doi:10.1104/pp.18.01301