2007-2011, Bachelor’s degree, Agronomy, Northwest A&F University, China
2011-Present, Ph.D. candidate, Plant Pathology, Northwest A&F University, China
Postgraduate joint training, Michigan State University, USA
The actin cytoskeleton is a fantastic dynamic architectural feature of all eukaryotic cells, required for the function of numerous cellular process, including growth, development, and response to stress. Recent studies have shown that the actin cytoskeleton is required for a variety of cellular processes associated with immune activation and signaling; however, the function and mechanisms underpinning these processes largely unknown. My research focuses on understanding how the actin cytoskeleton impacts defense signaling in the plant immune system. Using a combination of molecular techniques, genetics and cell biology, I am investigating the signaling mechanisms of actin and ADFs in activating or inhibiting host defense responses following pathogen perception.
Zhang, B., Hua, Y., Huo, Y., Wang, J., Shimono, M., *Day, B., and *Ma, Q. (2017). TaADF4, an actin-depolymerizing factor from wheat, is required for resistance to the stripe rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. In Press, Plant J. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13459 *co-corresponding authors.
C.Z. Hao, Y.L. Chen, B. Zhang, Y.F. Li, H. Zuo, T. Qi, Q. Ma (2013) Histochemical comparison of the nonhost tomato with resistant wheat against Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici. Microsc Res Techniq 76: 514-522.
X.Y. Hao, B. Zhang, T. Qi, Y.F. Li, Q. Ma (2013) Histochemical expression of non-host resistance in pepper against Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici through inhibiting actin polymerization. The 3rd International Conference on Biotic Plant Interaction, August 19th, 2013, Yangling, China.
Zuo, B. Zhang, J.Wang, T. Qi, Y.F. Li, Q. Ma (2013) Roles of microfilament cytoskeleton in non-host resistance of pepper to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. The 3rd International Conference on Biotic Plant Interaction, August 19th, 2013, Yangling, China.
Zuo, J. Wang, C.Z. Hao, B. Zhang, Q. Ma (2013) Histochemical response of non-host resistance in pepper to the stripe rust fungus (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici). J Plant Pathol 95: 275-283.
Zuo, B. Zhang, T.Qi, X.H. Song, H.Y. Wang, Q. Ma (2012) Roles of cytoskeleton in the resistance of wheat against wheat stripe rust. Science paper Online http://www.paper.edu.cn