Ping Wang, first author of Cotton wall-associated kinase GhWAK7A mediates responses to fungal wilt pathogens by complexing with the chitin sensory receptors
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
Education: Ph.D. and B.S. from China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
Non-scientific Interests: hiking, reading, watching movies
Brief Bio: I started my scientific career on the cotton disease resistance when I joined the lab of Prof. Yuxia Hou at China Agricultural University as a Ph.D. student in 2011. With the support of the China Scholarship Council, I joined the research group led by Prof. Libo Shan and Prof. Ping He as a joint-Ph.D. student and worked on cotton receptor-like kinase (RLK)-mediated defense responses against Fusarium and Verticillium wilt. Fascinated by the exciting discovery of the potential involvement of the cotton wall-associated kinases (GhWAKs) in defense responses against fungal infections, I continued my studies in Prof. Libo Shan lab as a Postdoc from 2018. In this study, we revealed that GhWAK7A interacts with the chitin sensory complex GhCERK1-GhLYK5 to regulate cotton resistance against fungal diseases. In the future, I would like to implement the functional genomics and molecular biochemical platforms to study cotton tolerance against biotic stresses and improve cotton yield and resilience against a variety of environmental stresses.
个人简介：我于2011年加入中国农业大学侯玉霞教师实验室开始博士研究生学习，主要从事棉花抗病研究。在博士研究生阶段，经国家留学基金委资助，到德州农工大学Libo Shan 和 Ping He 教授团队开展类受体激酶（RLKs）在棉花抵御枯萎病和黄萎病过程中的功能研究，发现细胞壁连接的类受体激酶（GhWAK7A）参与棉花对真菌病害的防御响应。由于对该课题有着极大的兴趣，我从2018年开始继续在Libo Shan教授实验室从事博士后研究工作。本研究揭示了GhWAK7A通过与棉花中的几丁质识别受体复合物GhCERK1-GhLYK5相互作用来调控棉花对真菌病害的抗性。今后，我希望运用功能基因组学和生物化学平台深入开展棉花对生物胁迫的防御机制研究，致力于棉花的抗性和产量的提高。