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.
3/27/2020: Our lab coauthored a plant Prime Editing paper in Molecular Plant. Congrats to the authors!
3/20/2020: Congrats to Dr. Qi for receiving 2020 Young Scientist Award from Society for In Vitro Biology.
3/12/2020: Congrats to Aimee for receiving a 2019-2020 Wallace K. Bailey, Sr. Research Support Grant.
2/15/2020: One work by our lab was nominated as UMD Invention of the Year Finalist. Congrats to the team!
3/10/2020: Congrats to all authors for publishing the Cas12b plant genome engineering system in Nature Plants, which was highly in the College news.
1/9/2020: Congrats to our Blair High school intern Adam Levav for the Washington Academy of Sciences Award
12/12/2019: Congrats to our Blair High school intern Jennifer Ren for winning Graduate Women in Science NCC High School Scholarship Highly Meritorious award
11/18/2019: Our lab published a method for efficient biallelic gene targeting in rice at Plant Biotech Journal
10/8/2019: Qi was featured in this recent Gastropod episode podcast "What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?".
8/8/2019: CRISPR CAN HELP SOLVE OUR LOOMING FOOD CRISIS—HERE'S HOW, by MEGAN MOLTENI, in which Qi was featured.
7/15/2019: Our lab published a review on CRISPR in plants, first authored by Yingxiao Zhang, featured in News at ScienceDaily, and Europeanscientist.
5/10/2019: Aimee is the 2018-2019 recipient of the John H. Weinberger Scholarship. Congratulations!
3/28/2019: Congrats to Simon and two summer interns for coauthoring a paper in Molecular Plant on improving genome editing with xCas9 and Cas9-NG.
2/25/2019: Drs. Telugu and Qi were featured in the Winter 2019 Issue of Momentum of the College.