-Ph.D. in Plant Biology: Nodule development in Medicago truncatula, University of Vermont, USA (2007)
-MS in Plant Pathology, Zhejiang University, China (2001)
-BS in Plant Pathology, Northeast Agricultural University, China (1998)
-Research assistant: Cytokinin signaling and programmed cell death in Arabidopsis and rice, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, China (2007-2011)
-Postdoc fellow: Chitin and Nod factor signaling in soybean and Arabidopsis (2011-2015)
Through co-evolution with microbes, plants have evolved two opposite relationship with them. Some microbes are recognized as friends, such as rhizobia who form symbiotic relationship with legumes, whereas most of them are recognized as foes, such as pathogenic microbes. One central question in plant-microbe interactions is how plants recognize the signaling molecules from microbes to decide whether they are friends or foes. Our lab will focus on studying the recognition mechanism to some important microbial signaling molecules, including lipochitooligosaccharides and lipopolysaccharides.