- Ph.D. 2008 Microbiology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
- M.S.2004 Molecular Biology, Yangzhou University, Jiangsu, China
- 2013-Present Assistant Professor. Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
- 2010-2013 Postdoctoral fellow. Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
- 2008-2010 Postdoctoral fellow. Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
- Microbial Pathogenesis
Understand how environmental signals regulate bacterial virulence gene expression.
We are interested in elucidating how Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the most common seafood-borne pathogen causing diarrhea worldwide, activates its main virulence genes (encoding type 3 secretion systems) in response to the gastrointestinal environment.
Understand how bacterial effectors interfere with host signaling pathways.
We are interested in the mechanisms by which effectors of V. parahaemolyticus contribute to intestinal colonization, disruption of epithelial tight junctions and homeostasis of intestinal crypt cells.
Understand the genetic bases of host responses to bacterial infection
We use transcriptomic and proteomic approaches to dissect the pathways that are altered by V. parahaemolyticus infection.