Mazen Alazem: Plant Physiology First Author

Mazen Alazem, first author of “Viral synergism suppresses R gene-mediated resistance by impairing downstream defense mechanisms in soybean”

Current Position: Research Scientist, Danforth Plant Science Center

Education: PhD in Biotechnology from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan.

Non-scientific Interests: Soccer, Table Tennis, Hiking.

Brief bio:

I am a plant virologist who earned my PhD and completed postdoctoral training at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. I began working on my published project, ‘Viral Synergism Effect on R-Gene Resistance in Soybean,’ when I moved to Seoul National University in South Korea as a research assistant professor. The project was challenging because the VIGS tool itself (BPMV vector) can break specific R-resistance against compatible viruses (such as SMV). Now that the project is published, I am focusing on my next research project, which addresses viral effects on plasmodesmata structure and biogenesis. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, playing soccer, table tennis, or any physical activity that takes me away from bench/office work. Ultimately, I believe it’s important to maintain a balance between work, family, and personal life.