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Alberto P. Macho, PhD, Principal Investigator

Alberto studied Biology and did his PhD at the University of Málaga (Spain). During his PhD he used genetic approaches to characterise Type III effector proteins in Pseudomonas syringae, under the supervision of Prof. Carmen R. Beuzón. In February 2011 he joined the group of Prof. Cyril Zipfel, at The Sainsbury Laboratory, in Norwich (United Kingdom), where he studied the molecular mechanisms underlying the activation of PAMP-triggered immunity in plants. Since January 2015 he leads the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions at the Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology.

Xinyu Jian (菅新宇), PhD, Lab Manager

Xinyu studied Biology at Beijing Normal University and did her PhD at Institutes of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in the group of Prof. Fan Chen. During her PhD she worked on the identification of novel stress-regulated microRNAs from Oryza sativa. In May 2010 she started working in the laboratory of Prof. Zhenbiao Yang, where she studied the molecular mechanism of plant zygote polarity establishment, and changed to work as lab manager from September 2012. In January 2015 she joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as lab manager.

Gang Yu (余刚), PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Gang studied Plant Protection at Jilin University and did his PhD at Jilin University in the group of Prof. Hongyu Pan. During his PhD he studied functional isolation and characterization of stress-related genes from the halophyte, Atriplex canescens. From September 2013 to September 2015, he was trained in the laboratory of Prof. Gitta Coaker as a joint PhD graduate (supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council) at the University of California Davis (USA), where he worked on the biochemical analysis of plant resistance protein complexes (R, NLR).In July 2016 he joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as postdoctoral researcher, where he works on the biochemical characterisation of T3Es that interfere with plant immune singling pathways.

José Rufián, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

José Rufián, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

José studied Biology and did his PhD at the University of Málaga (Spain). During his PhD he used cell biology approaches to understand the dynamics of Pseudomonas syringae, in plant tissues, and biochemistry to characterize type III effector activities in plant cells, under the supervision of Prof. Carmen R. Beuzón.In February 2017 he joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as postdoctoral researcher, where he works on the biochemical characterisation of T3Es that interfere with plant immune singling pathways.

Haiyan Zhuang (庄海燕), PhD, Technician

Haiyan studied Ecology and did her PhD at Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University under the supervision of Prof. Shuoxin Zhang. During her PhD she was trained in the laboratory of Prof. Michael K. Deyholos as a joint PhD student (supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council) at the University of Alberta (Canada), where she studied the function of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) in Arabidopsis. In August 2016 she joined the Functional Genomics Computational Biology Group of Dr. Hongxing Yang at Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center as Research Assistant, where she focused on the functional study of RNA methylase for m6A in Arabidopsis and Phalaenopsis equestris. In March 2019 she moved to the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as Technician.

 

Yaru Wang (王亚如), PhD Student

Yaru studied Life Sciences and Technology at Lanzhou University. In 2014, she joined Shanghai PSC as MSc student candidate, and in January 2015 she joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as MSc Student, becoming PhD candidate in September 2016. She currently works on the molecular and biochemical characterization of R. solanacearum T3Es that interfere with plant immune signaling.

 

Liu Xian (鲜刘), "Torres", PhD Student

Xianliu studied Biotechnology, with a major in Plant Protection, Horticulture and Plant Sciences, at South China Agricultural University. In 2014, he joined Shanghai PSC as MSc student candidate, and in January 2015 he joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as MSc Student, becoming PhD candidate in September 2016. He currently works on the molecular and biochemical characterization of R. solanacearum T3Es that interfere with plant immune signaling. Out of the lab, he enjoys playing football, singing and writing.

 

Yali Wei (魏雅丽), PhD Student

Yali studied Biological Sciences at Hainan University. In September 2015 she joined the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group for her first rotation within the Shanghai PSC student rotation program. In January 2016, she started as MSc Student in our group, where she works on the molecular study of plant immunity triggered by R. solanacearum. In September 2017, she became PhD candidate.

Jiamin Luo (罗佳敏), PhD Student

Jiamin studied Biological Sciences at South China Agricultural University. In November 2015 she joined the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group within the Shanghai PSC student rotation program, becoming a MSc Student in our group in January 2016. She currently works on the molecular and biochemical characterization of R. solanacearum T3Es. In September 2017, she became PhD candidate.

Wenjia Yu (于文佳), MSc student

Wenjia studied Biological Sciences at Shandong Normal University. In March 2016 she started an internship at the the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group, becoming a MSc Student in our group in January 2017 after participating in the PSC student rotation program. She currently works on the molecular and biochemical characterization of R. solanacearum T3Es.

Hao Xue (薛好), "Iris", MSc student

Xuehao studied Horticulture at Huazhong Agricultural University. As undergraduate, she did an internship in the group of Prof. Huilan Chen, where she started working with R. solanacearum. In November 2017 she joined our group to do her second rotation, becoming a MSc Student in our group in January 2018. She currently works on the study of the interplay between R. solanacearum and root development (project co-supervised by Dr. Rosa Lozano-Duran).

Xin Liu (刘昕), MSc student

Xin studied Agronomy at Nanjing Agricultural University. In January 2017, she joined our group as MSc Student after participating in the PSC student rotation program. She currently studies the interplay between plant epigenetic regulation and the infection by R. solanacearum.

Achen Zhao (赵阿晨), MSc student

Achen studied Biological Sciences at Henan Normal University. In September 2018, she joined the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group within the PSC student rotation program, becoming a MSc student in January 2019. She currently studies the relevance of hormone signaling during the development of bacterial wilt disease.

Past Members

Rafael Morcillo, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Rafa studied Environmental Sciences at the University of Granada (Spain) and did his PhD at Zaidin Experimental Station (Spanish Research National Council) in Granada. During his PhD, he studied hormone signaling during the establishment of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) symbiosis, under the supervision of Dr. Jose Manuel Garcia Garrido. Particularly, he focused on signaling mediated by jasmonates and oxylipins, as well as isoprenoid metabolism.

After his PhD, he moved to PSC to join the group of Dr. Huiming Zhang, where he focused on the nutritional relationship between Arabidopsis and Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria. In January 2018 he joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as postdoctoral researcher, where he studied the relevance of hormone signaling and cell wall integrity during Ralstonia infection.

Jessi Pérez-Sancho, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Jessi studied Chemistry at the University of Malaga (Spain), and did her PhD in Biochemistry at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Miguel Botella and Prof. Abel Rosado. During her PhD she studied the role of Endoplasmic Reticulum – Plasma Membrane contact sites (EPCS) in plant tolerance to diverse abiotic stresses. In July 2018, she joined the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group as postdoctoral researcher, where she is deciphering the relevance and biochemical aspects of the involvement of EPCS in the plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Diego López, visiting student

Diego is  PhD Student at the University of Málaga (Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Carmen Beuzón and Prof. Eduardo Bejarano. He was visiting student at the MPBI lab from January to April 2019, to study pathogen manipulation of plant epigenetic signaling.

Javier Rueda , visiting student

Javi is  PhD Student at the University of Málaga (Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Carmen Beuzón and Prof. Javier Ruiz-Albert. He was visiting student at the MPBI lab from March to June 2019, to study bacterial effectors that manipulate plant metabolism and immunity.

Yuying Sang (桑玉英), PhD, Research Associate

Yuying completed her undergraduate work at Shandong Normal University. She received her PhD in 2009 at Auburn University (Alabama, USA) under the supervision of Prof. Narendra K. Singh, where she studied the biosynthesis pathway of vitamin B6 in Arabidopsis. She then spent two years in the Laboratory of David R. Gang at Washington State University working on the biosynthesis of curcuminoids in Turmeric. In 2011, she moved to SIBS to disclose the interaction signaling puzzles between carbon and nitrogen metabolism in Prof. Zhenbiao Yang Lab. In January 2015 she joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as Research Associate, where she works on the functional analysis of T3Es from R. solanacearum during the infection processes in plants. Since March 2019 she is Research Associate at Prof. Jian-Kang Zhu lab in PSC.

Keke Wang (王珂珂), PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Keke studied Agronomy at Henan Agricultural University and did her PhD at the Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPM)-INRA and Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France), in the group of Dr. Nemo Peeters. During her PhD she worked on the functional characterisation of a subset of T3Es from R. solanacearum, with special focus on the core effector RipG7. From May 2016 to September 2018 she worked in the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as postdoctoral researcher, where she worked on the characterisation of T3Es that interfere with plant hormone and immunity singling pathways. Since October 2018, she is postdoctoral researcher at the CNRGV-INRA, in Toulouse (France).

Yansha Li (李彦莎), PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Yansha studied Agronomy at Shenyang Agricultural University and did her PhD at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in the group of Prof. Jianru Zuo. During her PhD she studied programmed cell death in Arabidopsis. In November 2013 she started a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Yi Ren at Florida State University (USA), where she studied the function of macrophage during the spinal cord injury. From August 2015 to August 2018 she worked in the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as postdoctoral researcher, where she studied T3Es that interfere with plant hormone singling pathways. She currently works at Bellagen Biotechnology in Jinan, China.

Wencong Xu, internship student

Wencong did an internship at the the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group from July to September 2018. She is currently rotation student at Dr. Jiamu Du lab at PSC.

Carlos Cáceres, PhD Student

Carlos studied Biology at the University of Málaga (Spain). He then moved for a MSc degree on Applied Statistics from the UNED University (Spain). In June 2015, he joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions as PhD Student, where he worked on the identification and characterization of T3Es that manipulate plant hormone signaling. Carlos graduated in Summer 2018, and currently works as technician at the Center of Research in Agricultural Genomics in Barcelona, Spain.

Yiting Zhou, undergraduate student

Yiting did an internship at the the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group from February to July 2017, and then she joined for her first rotation from September to November 2017. She is currently MSc Student at Prof. Jian-Kang Zhu lab at PSC.

Yuanzheng Wang (王远征), PhD Student

After starting his MSc in the group of Prof. Zhenbiao Yang, Yuanzheng joined the group of Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions in January 2015 as PhD Student. He worked on the characterization of IMMUNE-ASSOCIATED NUCLEOTIDE-BINDING proteins as regulators of immune responses. Yuanzheng graduated in Summer 2017, and he now works as Assistant Investigator at the Bio-Agriculture Institute of Shaanxi.

Yajie Liu (刘雅洁), Rotation Student

Yajie  did her first rotation (Sept-Nov 2016) at the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group within the Shanghai PSC student rotation program. She is currently MSc Student at Dr. Yang Zhao lab at PSC.

Jia Zhou (周嘉), Rotation Student

Zhoujia did her first rotation (Sept-Nov 2015) at the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group within the Shanghai PSC student rotation program. She is currently MSc Student at Dr. Weiman Xing lab at PSC.

Yi Wang (王艺), Rotation Student

Wangyi did her second rotation (Nov 2015-Jan2016) at the Molecular Plant-Bacteria Interactions group within the Shanghai PSC student rotation program. She is currently MSc Student at Prof. Jiaming Li lab at PSC.

@2019 Alberto Macho - Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology - Chinese Academy of Sciences