Email: yl548 [at] cornell.edu
I have worked with Angela Douglas since October 2013. During the first year, I investigated the interactions between host and their gut bacteria. I used Drosophila melanogaster as model to research how the host affects the bacterial composition and abundance in the insect gut and in the food.
In October 2014, I transferred to a project on plant-mediated RNAi in whitefly, funded by the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future. The goal is to reveal the underlying mechanism(s) of plant-mediated RNAi in insects and develop strategies to improve the efficiency of plant-mediated RNAi against whitefly genes.
I received my PhD (Molecular Ecology, 2012) from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for work performed in Dr. Le Kang’s lab, where I studied how the migratory locust responds to RNA interference induced by different dsRNA delivery methods and also explored the role of dsRNA transporter gene ‘SID-1’(a member of Systemic RNA Interference Deficiency) in the systemic RNAi of locusts. I received my B.S (Agriculture, 2007) from Yangtze University, China. A pdf of my cv is available here.