Lei Zhang

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Washington State University

Contact Info:

Lilly Hall Rm 1-422

Training Group(s):
Plant Biology
Chromatin and Regulation of Gene Expression

Active Mentor - currently hosting PULSe students for laboratory rotations and recruiting PULSe students into the laboratory; serves on preliminary exam committees

Current Research Interests:

Molecular plant-nematode interactions.

Selected Publications:

Zhang, L. and Gleason, C.A. (2020) Enhancing potato resistance against root-knot nematodes using a plant elicitor peptide delivered by bacteria. Nature Plants 6, 625-629.

Zhang, L. and Gleason, C.A. (2019) Loop-mediated isothermal amplification for the diagnostic detection of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and M. fallax. Plant Disease 103:1, 12-18.

Leelarasamee, N., Zhang, L. and Gleason, C.A. (2018) The root-knot nematode effector MiPFN3 disrupts plant actin filaments and promotes parasitism. PLOS Pathogens 14(3): e1006947.

Gleason, C.A., Polzin, F., Habash, S.S., Zhang, L., Utermark, J., Grundler, F.M. and Elashry, A. (2017) Identification of two Meloidogyne hapla genes and an investigation of their roles in the plant-nematode interaction. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 30: 101-122.

Zhang, L., Davies, L.J. and Elling, A.A. (2015) A Meloidogyne incognita effector is imported into the nucleus and exhibits transcriptional activation activity in planta. Molecular Plant Pathology 16: 48-60.

Davies, L.J., Zhang, L. and Elling, A.A. (2015) The Arabidopsis thaliana papain-like cysteine protease RD21 interacts with a root-knot nematode effector protein. Nematology 17: 655-666.

Zhang, L., et al. (2014). Calcium signaling and biotic defense responses in plants. Plant Signaling & Behavior 9(11): e973818.

Zhang, L., et al. (2014). Regulation of plant immunity through ubiquitin-mediated modulation of Ca(2+) -calmodulin-AtSR1/CAMTA3 signaling. Plant Journal 78(2): 269-281.

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