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Kristina Zumstein

Kristina Zumstein is the lab manager of the Sinha lab and Department Safety Coordinator for the Department of Plant Biology. She specializes in tissue culture, NGS library construction, and protocol development – RNAseq, DNAseq, BrADseq, and GTseq. She develops and coordinates the lab’s Outreach programs.



University of California, Davis                   Microbiology                                      B. Sc.               2000


Professional Appointments

2020-present Staff Research Associate III
Plant Biology Department, UC Davis, California. Laboratory of Neelima Sinha
2011-2019 Staff Research Associate I
Plant Biology Department, UC Davis, California. Laboratory of Neelima Sinha
2004-2011 Staff Research Associate I
Plant Pathology Department, UC Davis, California. Laboratory of David Gilchrist
2000-2004 Post-graduate Researcher
Center for Plant Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP), UC Davis, California



Rowland, S.D., Zumstein, K., Nakayama, H., Cheng, Z., Flores, A.M., Chitwood, D.H., Maloof, J.N. and Sinha, N.R., 2020. Leaf shape is a predictor of fruit quality and cultivar performance in tomato. New Phytologist, 226(3), pp.851-865.

Jhu, M.Y., Farhi, M., Wang, L., Philbrook, R.N., Belcher, M.S., Nakayama, H., Zumstein, K.S., Rowland, S.D., Ron, M., Shih, P.M. and Sinha, N.R., 2019. Lignin-based resistance to Cuscuta campestris in tomato. bioRxiv, p.706861.

Reynoso, M.A., Kajala, K., Bajic, M., West, D.A., Pauluzzi, G., Yao, A.I., Hatch, K., Zumstein, K., Woodhouse, M., Rodriguez-Medina, J. and Sinha, N., 2019. Evolutionary flexibility in flooding response circuitry in angiosperms. Science, 365(6459), pp.1291-1295.

Lincoln, J.E., Sanchez, J.P., Zumstein, K. and Gilchrist, D.G., 2018. Plant and animal PR1 family members inhibit programmed cell death and suppress bacterial pathogens in plant tissues. Molecular plant pathology

Maher, K.A., Bajic, M., Kajala, K., Reynoso, M., Pauluzzi, G., West, D.A., Zumstein, K., Woodhouse, M., Bubb, K., Dorrity, M.W. and Queitsch, C., 2018. Profiling of accessible chromatin regions across multiple plant species and cell types reveals common gene regulatory principles and new control modules. The Plant Cell, 30(1), pp.15-36.

Cheng, Z., Zhan, M., Yang, Z., Zumstein, K., Huang, Q. and Chen, H., 2017. The major qualitative characteristics of olive (Olea europaea L.) cultivated in southwest China. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, p.559.

Ranjan, A., Budke, J., Rowland, S.D., Chitwood, D.H., Kumar, R., Carriedo, L.G., Ichihashi, Y., Zumstein, K., Maloof, J.N. and Sinha, N., 2016. eQTL regulating Transcript Levels Associated with Diverse Biological Processes in Tomato. Plant Physiology, pp.pp-00289.

Ranjan, A., Budke, J.M., Rowland, S.D., Chitwood, D.H., Kumar, R., Carriedo, L., Ichihashi, Y., Zumstein, K., Maloof, J.N. and Sinha, N.R., 2016. eQTL in a Precisely Defined Tomato Introgression Population Reveal Genetic Regulation of Gene Expression Patterns Related to Physiological and Developmental Pathways. bioRxiv, p.040592.

Ostria-Gallardo, Enrique & Ranjan, A & Zumstein, Kristina & Kumar, R & Townsley, B & Chitwood, D & Ichihashi, Yasunori & Corcuera, Luis & Sinha, Neelima. (2013). Transcriptional profile of leaf primordia of Gevuina avellana Mol. (Proteaceae) with different degrees of heteroblastic development growing under different light environments. 10.13140/2.1.4784.0329.

Townsley, B.T., Covington, M.F., Ichihashi, Y., Zumstein, K. and Sinha, N.R., 2014. BrAD-seq: Breath Adapter Directional sequencing: a streamlined, ultra-simple and fast library preparation protocol for strand specific mRNA library construction. Frontiers in plant science, 6, pp.366-366.

Chitwood, D.H., Kumar, R., Ranjan, A., Pelletier, J.M., Townsley, B.T., Ichihashi, Y., Martinez, C.C., Zumstein, K., Harada, J.J., Maloof, J.N. and Sinha, N.R., 2015. Light-induced indeterminacy alters shade-avoiding tomato leaf morphology. Plant physiology, 169(3), pp.2030-2047.

Chitwood, D.H., Ranjan, A., Kumar, R., Ichihashi, Y., Zumstein, K., Headland, L.R., Ostria-Gallardo, E., Aguilar-Martínez, J.A., Bush, S., Carriedo, L. and Fulop, D., 2014. Resolving distinct genetic regulators of tomato leaf shape within a heteroblastic and ontogenetic context. The Plant Cell, 26(9), pp.3616-3629.

Ranjan, A., Ichihashi, Y., Farhi, M., Zumstein, K., Townsley, B., David-Schwartz, R. and Sinha, N.R., 2014. De novo assembly and characterization of the transcriptome of the parasitic weed dodder identifies genes associated with plant parasitism. Plant Physiology, 166(3), pp.1186-1199.

Ron, M., Kajala, K., Pauluzzi, G., Wang, D., Reynoso, M.A., Zumstein, K., Garcha, J., Winte, S., Masson, H., Inagaki, S. and Federici, F., 2014. Hairy root transformation using Agrobacterium rhizogenes as a tool for exploring cell type-specific gene expression and function using tomato as a model. Plant physiology, 166(2), pp.455-469.

Gilchrist, D., Lincoln, J. and Zumstein, K., 2008. Functional testing and characterization of Pierce’s disease-induced promoters from grape. In Proceedings of the Pierce’s Disease Research Symposium.