Li Qin, first author of “The ARP2/3 complex, acting cooperatively with Class I formins, modulates penetration resistance in Arabidopsis against powdery mildew invasion”
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Prof. Yangdou Wei, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan
Education: Ph.D. in Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. M.Sc. in Plant Pathology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Non-scientific Interests: swimming, traveling, rock climbing, and hiking
My interest in scientific research began with an undergraduate course — General Plant Pathology at Huazhong Agricultural University, and I was attracted by various plant pathogens and their delicate parasitic mechanisms. I joined the lab of Prof. Daohong Jiang at HZAU for my M.Sc., and worked on the tritrophic interactions involving the plant rapeseed, the pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and the mycoparasite Coniothyrium minitans. After two years of office work in my hometown, I went on to pursue my Ph.D. degree in Biology in Prof. Yangdou Wei’s lab at University of Saskatchewan. My doctoral research focuses on the interactions between Arabidopsis and incompatible or compatible filamentous pathogens, involving two projects: (1) Plant biotrophic and hemibiotrophic pathogens modulate the subcellular distribution of host phosphoinositides and recruit PI(4,5)P2 as a susceptibility factor for plant disease; (2) ARP2/3 complex and formins act cooperatively to form actin patches and modulate the penetration resistance against powdery mildew invasion. I am currently working on the cellular and genetic regulation of defensive lignification in Arabidopsis in response to pathogen invasion.