Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Chao Zhang

Chao Zhang, first author of Ubiquitylome Analysis Reveals a Central Role for the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System in Plant Innate Immunity

Current Position: Ph.D. student in the group of Drs. Libo Shan and Ping He, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University, Texas, US

Education: M.S. and B.S. in Plant Pathology at China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Non-scientific Interests: tennis, running, broadcasting

Brief bio: After completing my Master at China Agricultural University, I joined the Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction laboratory, TAMU, in 2018, working on biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying the dynamic plant-microbe interactions. Plants are attacked by numerous pathogens and pests, threatening food security. It is widely believed that plants fend off their foes primarily through innate immunity, including biotic stress perception by cell surface-localized receptors, downstream signal transduction, and defense response activation. My work tries to explain how the defense signaling is specifically regulated, especially through post-transcriptional modification such as ubiquitination. Out of the lab, sports like tennis and running are my favorites, which remind me to stay focused and brave. Rafael is always my star. Broadcasting interests me and is what I hope to stay in as well.