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Microbiology & Cell Science

Microbiology & Cell Science

Nian Wang


  • Teaching Interests

    Microbial Defense/Host-Microbe Interactions. This is a course for graduate students. Principles of bacterial virulence, host defense to microbial invasion and host-microbe interactions will be examined in a context of molecular and cellular biology involving both plants and animals. Current scientific research that incorporates these principles will also be discussed.

  • Education
    • B.S. (1995) in Plant Protection, Shandong Agricultural University, Shandong, China
    • M.S. (2001): China Agricultural University, Beijing China Plant Pathology
    • Ph.D. (2005): Texas A&M University Plant Pathology
    • Post-Doctoral (2005-2006): University of California, Berkeley.
  • Description of Research

    Plant-bacteria interactions and genetic improvement of citrus via CRISPR/Cas genome editing. Current research topics include:

    • Genetic determinants and the signaling pathway underlying a pathogen (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus)-triggered immune disease-citrus Huanglongbing
    • Pathogen-triggered immune diseases
    • Transcriptional activator-like effectors of Xanthomonas citri citri and canker susceptibility gene
    • CRISPR/Cas genome editing of citrus
    • Citrus microbiome
    • Citrus Huanglongbing (greening) and canker management
  • Awards and Honors
    • Ruth Allen Award, August 2020, American Phytopathological Society
    • University of Florida Term Professorship Award September 2018
    • University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award, May 2016
    • William Boright Hewitt and Maybelle Ellen Ball Hewitt Award, August 2010, American Phytopathological Society.
  • Service to Scientific Society
    • Editor-in-Chief-Elect Phytopathology 2019-present
    • Senior Editor Phytopathology 2018-2019
    • Guest Editor: PLOS Pathogens 2017-present
    • Senior Editor Plant Disease 2014-2016
    • Editor in Chief Virulence Mechanisms of Plant-Pathogenic Bacteria Publisher: APS PRESS
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