Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Yijuan Han

Yijuan Han, First author of A Magnaporthe Chitinase Interacts with a Rice Jacalin-related Lectin to Promote Host Colonization

Current Position: Assistant professor, Institute of Oceanology, Minjiang University, Fuzhou, China.

Education: PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. BSc, Biology science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China.

Non-scientific Interests: Family, cooking and gardening

Brief bio: Since school age, I have been fascinated by plants and their reactions toward environment. Therefore, I decided to study plant biology for my BSc degree at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China. After graduation, I started my PhD study in Prof. Guo-dong Lu and Prof. Zonghua Wang’s lab in Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. During my studies, I gained practical experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, plant physiology and plant pathology. My research interest is to understand the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of the dynamic interactions of host-pathogens by using rice and rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae as model. I focused on investigating roles of fungal secretory proteins during infection as well as their rice targets in plant immunity. During my research project, I worked on M. oryzae effectors and found a chitinase namely MoChi1 was required for full pathogenicity and its interacted rice proteins OsMBL1 conferred enhanced resistance against rice blast. Currently, I am working in Minjiang University and studying the molecular physiology facts of beach plants.