Min-Yao Jhu: Plant Physiology First Author

Min-Yao Jhu, first author of “LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES DOMAIN 25 functions as a key regulator of haustorium development in dodders”

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Biology, Sinha Lab, University of California Davis, CA, USA

Education:  M.S. in Plant Biology, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan; B.S. in Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan.

Non-scientific Interests: Ballroom dancing, drawing, painting, and baking.

Brief bio:

My interest in plant symbiosis is rooted in my academic study. Starting from commensalism to parasitism, I have always been fascinated by how plants sense other organisms and establish a tight relationship with them. My exploration began in 2009 when I joined Dr. Gwo-Ing Liao’s research group studying cecidology. In my undergrad research thesis, I investigated the morphological development of insect galls. At the same time, I also found that Liao Lab has conducted research projects on the floral structure of the parasitic plant species Cuscuta, which caught my interest and influenced my research direction going forward. In 2012, I started my master’s research at Dr. Shih-Tong Jeng’s Lab at NTU. My research project focused on wound-responsive microRNAs in sweet potatoes. Soon after that, I discovered that Sinha Lab in UC Davis worked on parasitic plants and has used RNA interference as an effective biological control method against plant parasite infestation. Therefore, after completing my M.S., I moved to the U.S. and started pursuing my Ph.D. degree at UC Davis in 2015. Currently, I am working with Dr. Neelima Sinha and focusing on haustorium development in Cuscuta campestris and the interaction between C. campestris and host plants.





個人簡介:我對於植物共生關係的興趣深深地影響了我的科研經歷。從片利共生到寄生關係,我一直以來對於植物如何感知其他生物並與其建立緊密的共生關係十分好奇並深感興趣。2009年加入廖國媖老師的研究團隊參與癭學研究開啟了我的探索過程。我的學士論文進行了昆蟲癭形態發育的研究。與此同時,我也發現廖老師實驗室曾進行寄生植物菟絲子的花形發育研究,這引起了我的興趣並影響我之後的研究方向。2012年,我有幸加入鄭石通老師的實驗室,開始我在台大的碩士研究。我當時的研究專注於甘藷中的傷害誘導小分子核糖核酸。投入這項研究後不久,我注意到了加州大學戴維斯分校的Sinha Lab正在進行寄生植物研究,並成功使用RNA干擾的生物控制方法有效的抵禦寄生植物侵襲。因此,在完成我的碩士學位後,我決定在2015年前往美國並於加州大學戴維斯分校開始攻讀博士學位。現在,我有幸與Dr. Neelima Sinha一起進行關於平原菟絲子吸器的發育研究以及平原菟絲子與宿主植物的交互作用。