Pai Li

Graduate Student

Pai Li



2012-2016, B.S. in Biotechnology, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Honors and Awards

2016, Outstanding Graduate Award of Sun Yat-sen Univerisity

2013-2014, China National Scholarship

2012-2015, First-Class Excellent Student Scholarships of Sun Yat-sen University

2015, Gold Prize of iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition)

2014, Best New Composite Part Prize in iGEM

2013, Diligence Award of One Asia Foundation Scholarship for Contribution to Establishment of Asia Community

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests lie in the area of the molecular-cellular mechanisms that underpin plant pathogen virulence. During my bachelor research, I investigated the molecular pathology of Ralstonia solanacearum Type III effectors, defining the function of members of this class of virulence-associated molecules during host infection. As a graduate student at Michigan State University, I am interested in defining the mechanisms of Pseudomonus syringae Type III effectors and their targeted immunity components. Meanwhile, I am also interested in defining the function of the microfilament network as a key component of the host immune system. I use plant (Arabidopsis thaliana) stomata as a platform for the analysis of the relationship between immune/hormone signaling, stomatal behavior, and the cytoskeleton reorganization.


Li, P. and Day, B. (2019). Battlefield Cytoskeleton: Cytoskeletal regulation, and pathogen targeting, of plant immunity. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. In Revision (Minor).

Yunhao Sun, Pai Li, Mengying Deng, Guangyi Dai, Bei Fu, Nan Yao, and Yongjun Lu. The Ralstonia solanacearum Effector RipAK Suppresses Plant Hypersensitive Response by Inhibiting the Activity of Host Catalases. (under peer-review)

Mengying Deng, Yunhao Sun, Pai Li, Bei Fu, Dong Shen, and Yongjun Lu. The phytopathogenic virulent effector protein RipI induces apoptosis in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.. Toxicon (2016).