David Gilchrist

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

458 Hutchison Hall

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics
  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Genomics


  • 1963 BS Biology University of Illinois
  • 1965 MS Plant Breeding University of Illinois
  • 1970 PhD Genetics University of Nebraska


Lincoln JE, Richael C, Overduin , Smith K, Hall BD, Bostock RM and DG Gilchrist. 2002. Expression of the anti-apoptotic baculovirus p35 gene in tomato results in inhibition of cell death and a decreased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens. Proc Natl

Gilchrist DG. 1998. Programmed cell death in plant disease: the purpose and promise of cellular suicide. Ann. Rev. Phytopathology. 36:393-414

Richael C, Lincoln JE, Bostock R and D Gilchrist. 2001. Caspase inhibitors reduce symptom development in compatible plant-pathogen interactions and limit pathogen multiplication in planta. Physiol. Mol. Plant Patholology. 59(4): 213-221