Dr HONGXIN CHEN
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Hongxin is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of two Ascomycete wheat pathogens: Zymoseptoria tritici and Fusarium graminearum. During disease development, many fungal molecules, including effectors, play key roles in successful infection and/or contribute to virulence. Hongxin aims to identify these molecules and study their functions in the interaction with the host. Some of these molecules have the potential to be used for breeding resistant cultivars or to become new fungicide targets. During his Master's, Hongxin gained experience of using RNAi technique to interfere with the development of a lepidopteran pest, Spodoptera exigua, through introducing dsRNA by both feeding and microinjection. Later, Hongxin continued to finish his PhD on forest pathology, studying the Basidiomycete Heterobasidion annosum-Pinus sylvestris pathosystem. In the study, Hongxin focused on the evolution, transcriptomic and functional analysis of a potential fungal effector, cerato-platanin.
- Syngenta CP 8.2: Effector-directed screeniing for novel genes in wheat for breeding improved resistance to Zymoseptoria Tritici & Fusarium Graminerum
- 2015 - PhD in Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland
- 2009 - Master in Food Safety and Biology, Sun Yat-sen University, China
- 2007 - Bachelor in Biotechnology, Sun Yat-sen University, China