Dongbei Guo: The Plant Cell First Author

Dongbei Guo, co-first author of “CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSER OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 5 is an RNA-binding protein controlling plant immunity via RNA processing complex”

Current Position: M.S. candidate, College of Life Sciences, Shanghai Normal University, China

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering, Xihua University, China

Non-scientific Interests: playing badminton, swimming

Brief bio: In high school, the scientific knowledge in biology books attracted me and I therefore developed a great interest in microorganisms. During my undergraduate study, I majored in bioengineering and learned molecular biology. In 2019, I joined Prof. Shui Wang’s lab as a master student in botany. For more than two years, I have conducted research on plant immunity with the model plant Arabidopsis. I have learned that it has long been an ongoing arms race between plants and microorganisms ever since ancient times. Our lab is mainly focused on plant effector triggered immunity (ETI) mediated by CPR5. Previous studies have found that CPR5 is localized in nuclear membrane. In this study, we further dissected the CPR5 signaling pathway and found that CPR5 is localized in nuclear speckle and links RNA processing with plant immunity. Although plant ETI has been intensively studied, how plants integrate the signaling pathways in response to microorganism infection remains an appealing issue.