Plant Genome Engineering and Plant Innate Immunity
Plants are essential to the environment and human life. We rely so much on plants for food to eat, oxygen to breathe, clothes to wear, fuel to drive, and medicine to cure. The growing world population demands for increased crop production. We believe plant biotechnology will play a critical role for supporting the world growth in a sustainable way.
The Qi lab works on plant genome engineering and plant innate immunity. We are interested in developing and improving tools for editing plant genome and transcriptome. We also do basic or foundational research in plant innate immunity. By collaborating with other scientists, our long-term goal is to conduct translational research for breeding and engineering better crops. One specific goal is to engineer synthetic plant immunity in major crops.
7/4/2018: Our lab coauthored two independent research articles which are published online on Independence Day (Yeah...celebrations :-)). These papers demonstrated Cas9 and Cas12a are very precise for genome editing in rice and maize. Check it out here:
4/26/2018: Congrats to Ysa and Valeria for successful completion of Research Practicum Class of 2018 in the Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. We sincerely thank both of you for your contribution to the research at Qi lab in the past year.
4/25/2018: Congrats to Aimee for being selected for the Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2018. It's an honor of being named among the top 2% of Graduate Assistants at UMD.
3/23/2018: Our new Cpf1 study for plant genome editing at redefined and altered PAMs has been published at Molecular Plant. Check it out here: