Our laboratory is interested in elucidating novel plant immune signaling pathways as well as studying the myriad actions of pathogen virulence factors that intercept host immune responses. In order to provide a complete view of host-microbe interactions, we are using cellular, functional genomic, genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches. In addition, plant immunity is inextricably linked with plant development and environmental stresses. We are also interested in understanding the signaling crosstalk that orchestrates plant responses to different extrinsic and intrinsic signals. Ultimately, knowledge gained from studying model plants, such as Arabidopsis, will be applied to improve crop plants for resistance against different biotic and abiotic stresses.

selected publications
Academic Articles76
  • Wang, P., Mormile, B., & He, P. (2021). A ‘GLoRy’ Battle for Cotton against Fusarium. Trends Plant Sci. 26(7), 671-673.
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  • Huang, Y., Yin, C., Liu, J., Feng, B., Ge, D., Kong, L., ... He, P. (2020). A trimeric CrRLK1L-LLG1 complex genetically modulates SUMM2-mediated autoimmunity.. Nat Commun. 11(1), 4859.
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  • Liu, J., Huang, Y., Kong, L., Yu, X., Feng, B., Liu, D., ... He, P. (2020). The malectin-like receptor-like kinase LETUM1 modulates NLR protein SUMM2 activation via MEKK2 scaffolding.. Nat Plants. 6(9), 1106-1115.
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  • Ma, X., Claus, L., Leslie, M. E., Tao, K., Wu, Z., Liu, J., ... Shan, L. (2020). Ligand-induced monoubiquitination of BIK1 regulates plant immunity.. Nature. 581(7807), 199-203.
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  • Yang, Y., Liu, J., Yin, C., de Souza Vespoli, L., Ge, D., Huang, Y., ... He, P. (2020). RNA Interference-Based Screen Reveals Concerted Functions of MEKK2 and CRCK3 in Plant Cell Death Regulation.. Plant Physiol. 183(1), 331-344.
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  • Yu, X., Feng, B., He, P., & Shan, L. (2017). From Chaos to Harmony: Responses and Signaling upon Microbial Pattern Recognition.. Annual Review of Phytopathology. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PHYTOPATHOLOGY, VOL 55. 109-137. Annual Reviews.
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  • Li, M., Li, F., & He, P. (2015). Construction of a cotton VIGS library for functional genomics study.. Methods Mol Biol. Methods in Molecular Biology. 267-279. Springer New York.
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Conference Papers2
  • Michelmore, R., Coaker, G., Bart, R., Beattie, G., Bent, A., Bruce, T., ... Walsh, J. (2017). Foundational and Translational Research Opportunities to Improve Plant Health.. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 30(7), 515-516.
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M University; Biochemistry & Biophysics; 2123 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2123