Welcome to my research website! I am a postdoc in the lab of Joe Ecker at the Salk Institute (San Diego, CA). I study plant-microbe interactions by employing/developing single-cell and spatial omics technologies.
I did my graduate research in the group of Kenichi Tsuda at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne, Germany), where I developed methods for analyzing bacterial transcriptomes and proteomes in planta. My studies revealed how plants influence the responses of pathogens and microbiota.
How do cells communicate within and between organisms? That is the core question in my research using plants and microbes. Plant-microbe co-evolution has given rise to various sophisticated genetic programs and molecular innovations, many of which remain elusive. I aim to elucidate genetic programs in plants and microbes that are critical for their interactions and to manipulate such programs to understand them further or control the outcomes of plant-microbe interactions, which will impact basic understandings of life and plant breeding.