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.
3/29/2021: Congrats to Yingxiao and coauthors for publishing Cas12a orthologs and multiplex Cas12a systems for plant genome engineering at Nature Communications, which was featured in AGNR news.
3/20/2021: Congrats to Gen and Simon for publishing recent base editing work in poplar at Plant Biotech J.
1/24/2021: Congrats to Simon and coauthors for publishing an exiting unrestricted plant genome editing toolbox at Nature Plants, which was commented in News&Views, and featured in AGNR news.
1/4/2021: Congrats to Changtian and Simon for publishing a review article on plant epigenome engineering at Current Opinion in Plant Biology.
11/1/2020: Congrats to Aimee for receiving UMD Global STEWARDS Fellowship NSF NRT, 2021 Cohort!
10/1/2020: Simon is a newly awarded 2020 FFAR Fellow. Congrats!
7/22/2020: Congrats to Simon and Desuo for publishing at Plant Communications on a new CRISPR system in plants
3/27/2020: Our lab coauthored a plant Prime Editing paper in Molecular Plant. Congrats to the authors!
3/10/2020: Congrats to all authors for publishing the Cas12b plant genome engineering system in Nature Plants, which was highlighted in the College news.
10/8/2019: Qi was featured in this recent Gastropod episode podcast "What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?".