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Ping He

He, Ping
Ping He
Borlaug/Room 179
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.

Recent Publications

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  1. Yu, X, Li, B, Jang, GJ, Jiang, S, Jiang, D, Jang, JC et al.. Orchestration of Processing Body Dynamics and mRNA Decay in Arabidopsis Immunity. Cell Rep. 2019;28 (8):2194-2205.e6.
    doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.07.054. PubMed PMID:31433992. PubMed Central PMC6716526.

  2. Hou, S, Yin, C, He, P. Cleave and Unleash: Metacaspases Prepare Peps for Work. Trends Plant Sci. 2019;24 (9):787-790.
    doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.06.010. PubMed PMID:31272898. .

  3. Cox, KL Jr, Babilonia, K, Wheeler, T, He, P, Shan, L. Return of old foes - recurrence of bacterial blight and Fusarium wilt of cotton. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 2019;50 :95-103.
    doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2019.03.012. PubMed PMID:31075542. .

  4. Liu, Z, Jian, Y, Chen, Y, Kistler, HC, He, P, Ma, Z et al.. A phosphorylated transcription factor regulates sterol biosynthesis in Fusarium graminearum. Nat Commun. 2019;10 (1):1228.
    doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09145-6. PubMed PMID:30874562. PubMed Central PMC6420630.

  5. Zhou, J, Wang, P, Claus, LAN, Savatin, DV, Xu, G, Wu, S et al.. Proteolytic Processing of SERK3/BAK1 Regulates Plant Immunity, Development, and Cell Death. Plant Physiol. 2019;180 (1):543-558.
    doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01503. PubMed PMID:30782965. PubMed Central PMC6501102.

  6. Huang, YY, Zhang, LL, Ma, XF, Zhao, ZX, Zhao, JH, Zhao, JQ et al.. Multiple intramolecular trafficking signals in RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW 8.2 are engaged in activation of cell death and defense. Plant J. 2019;98 (1):55-70.
    doi: 10.1111/tpj.14199. PubMed PMID:30552775. .

  7. Hou, S, Jamieson, P, He, P. The cloak, dagger, and shield: proteases in plant-pathogen interactions. Biochem. J. 2018;475 (15):2491-2509.
    doi: 10.1042/BCJ20170781. PubMed PMID:30115747. .

  8. Xiong, C, Luo, D, Lin, A, Zhang, C, Shan, L, He, P et al.. A tomato B-box protein SlBBX20 modulates carotenoid biosynthesis by directly activating PHYTOENE SYNTHASE 1, and is targeted for 26S proteasome-mediated degradation. New Phytol. 2019;221 (1):279-294.
    doi: 10.1111/nph.15373. PubMed PMID:30101463. .

  9. Jamieson, PA, Shan, L, He, P. Plant cell surface molecular cypher: Receptor-like proteins and their roles in immunity and development. Plant Sci. 2018;274 :242-251.
    doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.05.030. PubMed PMID:30080610. PubMed Central PMC6297115.

  10. Lal, NK, Nagalakshmi, U, Hurlburt, NK, Flores, R, Bak, A, Sone, P et al.. The Receptor-like Cytoplasmic Kinase BIK1 Localizes to the Nucleus and Regulates Defense Hormone Expression during Plant Innate Immunity. Cell Host Microbe. 2018;23 (4):485-497.e5.
    doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.03.010. PubMed PMID:29649442. PubMed Central PMC6266874.

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