- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. China Agricultural University (1993)
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1998)
- Ph.D. Kansas State University (2003)
- Postdoc. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (2003-2008)
- Joined Texas A&M in 2009
- NSF CAREER Award 2013
Signal Transduction in Plant Innate Immunity
Plants and animals, under constant attack by microbes, have evolved sophisticated immune systems to defend against infections. In turn, successful pathogens have developed elegant virulence strategies to suppress host immunity. Long-standing association between hosts and microbes has resulted in both acquiring specific adaptations which maximize their own survival and productivity.
Our laboratory is interested in elucidating novel plant immune signaling pathways as well as studying the myriad actions of pathogen virulence factors that intercept host immune responses. In order to provide a complete view of host-microbe interactions, we are using cellular, functional genomic, genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches. In addition, plant immunity is inextricably linked with plant development and environmental stresses. We are also interested in understanding the signaling crosstalk that orchestrates plant responses to different extrinsic and intrinsic signals. Ultimately, knowledge gained from studying model plants, such as Arabidopsis, will be applied to improve crop plants for resistance against different biotic and abiotic stresses.
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