Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Jing Fan

Jing Fan, first author of CircRNAs are involved in the rice-Magnaporthe oryzae interaction

Current Position: Associate Professor, Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, China

Education: 2010, Ph.D. in Botany, Chongqing University, China; 2005, B.S. in Bioengineering, Chongqing University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Table tennis, Taichi

Brief bio: I am interested in uncovering the mysteries in plant-microbe interactions, and engineering disease-resistant crops for food security. During my Ph.D. study I worked on a devastating citrus disease, Huanglongbing, using transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic approaches. Then I moved to Sichuan Agricultural University to study the rice fungal diseases including rice blast and rice false smut. I am passionate about identifying novel resistance genes or regulators in plant immunity that can efficiently protect crops from infection of multiple fungal pathogens.