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Minmin Du


Education and Background 

  • Research Associate, Beijing Vegetable Research Center, BAAFS, China, 2015-2017 
  • Postdoc, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China, 2012-2015 
  • Ph.D., Northeast Agricultural University, China, 2008-2012 

Research Statement

My research interest is around the transcriptional regulation mechanisms underlying the action of plant hormones. Now as a postdoc researcher in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at University of Minnesota, I am studying the transcriptional regulation mechanism of hormones-directed plant growth, especially about how the SAUR-PP2C.D-AHA modules are transcriptionally regulated for adaptive plant growth.  I am also interested in plant molecular breeding using a combination of traditional and molecular breeding methods.

Recent/Relevant Publications 

  1. Du M, Zhao J, Tzeng D, Liu Y, Deng L, Zhai Q, Wu F, Huang Z, Zhou M, Wang Q, Chen Q, Zhong S, Li C-B and Li C. MYC2 orchestrates a hierarchical transcriptional cascade that regulates jasmonate-mediated plant immunity in tomato. Plant Cell, 2017, 29:1883-1906. 

  2. Du M, Zhou M, Deng L, Li C and Li C-B. Molecular breeding of tomato: from gene cloning to cultivar improvement. Acta Horticulturae Sinica, 2017, 44: 581-600. (In Chinese) 

  3. Deng L, Wang H, Sun C, Li Q, Jiang H, Du M, Li C-B and Li C. Efficient generation of pink-fruited tomatoes using CRISPR/Cas9 system. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 2018, 45: 51-54. 

  4. Zhou Z, Wu Y, Yang Y, Du M, Zhang X, Guo Y, Li C, Zhou J. An Arabidopsis plasma membrane proton ATPase modulates JA signaling and is exploited by the Pseudomonas syringae effector protein AvrB for stomatal invasion. Plant Cell, 2015, 27: 2032-2041. 

  5. Du M, Zhai Q, Deng L, Li S, Li H, Yan L, Huang Z, Wang B, Jiang H, Huang T, Li C-B, Wei J, Kang K, Li J and Li C. Closely-related NAC transcription factors of tomato differentially regulate stomatal closure and reopening during pathogen attack. Plant Cell, 2014, 26: 3167-3184. 

  6. Yan L, Zhai Q, Wei J, Li S, Wang B, Huang T, Du M, Sun J, Kang L, Li C-B and Li C. Role of tomato lipoxygenase D in wound-induced jasmonate biosynthesis and plant immunity to insect herbivores. PLoS Genetics, 2013, 9, e1003964. 


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680 Biological Sciences
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108