Mou Zhang, first author of “Aquaporin OsPIP2;2 Links the H2O2 Signal and a Membrane-anchored Transcription Factor to Promote Plant Defense”
Current Position: Postdoc, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China
Education: Ph.D., Nanjing Agricultural University, China. M.S., Yunnan Agricultural University, China. B.S., Guangdong Ocean University, China.
Non-scientific Interests: Cooking, Watching movies, Cycling.
Brief bio: In 2014, I was starting my research journey in Prof. Guoxing Wu’s lab in Yunnan Agricultural University. My master dissertation was devised to study endophytic bacteria of Ageratina Adenophora, a notorious invasive weed in the world, while I became interested in plant pathology and molecular biology. In 2017, I joined Nanjing Agricultural University, and started my Ph.D. program under supervision of Prof. Hansong Dong. In the subsequent years, my research activities were focused on the regulatory role of plant aquaporins, especially rice (Oryza sativa) plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs), in defense responses against pathogens. Our results suggest that OsPIP2;2 positively regulates plant innate immunity by mediating H2O2 transport into the plant cell and mediating the translocation of OsmaMYB from plasma membrane to nucleus. This finding provides new insights into the molecular mechanisms that aquaporins could circumstantially use to regulate the immunity signaling networks.