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Li Yang

Assistant Professor-Plant Immunity
  • Plant Pathology
Mailing Address:
Athens, CAES Campus
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
M.Phil., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2005
B.A. in Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2002

Research Interests and Current Efforts

Molecular mechanisms of plant immunity;
The crosstalk between plant growth and defense;
Tool development for plant disease diagnosis and control;

Recent Publications

For an updated list, please see my Google Scholar Page

Publications

Yang, L.*, Teixeira, P.J.*, Biswas, S., Finkel, O.M., He, Y., Salas-Gonzalez, I., English, M.E., Epple, P., Mieczkowski, P., and Dangl, J.L., Pseudomonas syringae Type III Effector HopBB1 Promotes Host Transcriptional Repressor Degradation to Regulate Phytohormone Responses and Virulence. Cell Host Microbe, 2017.

Nishimura, M.T., Anderson, R.G., Cherkis, K.A., Law, T.F., Liu, Q.L., Machius, M., Nimchuk, Z.L., Yang, L., Chung, E.H., El Kasmi, F., Hyunh, M., Osborne Nishimura, E., Sondek, J.E., and Dangl, J.L., TIR-only protein RBA1 recognizes a pathogen effector to regulate cell death in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2017.

Xu, M., Hu, T., Zhao, J., Park, M.Y., Earley, K.W., Wu, G., Yang, L., and Poethig, R.S., Developmental Functions of miR156-Regulated SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE (SPL) Genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genet, 2016. 12(8): p. e1006263.

Yang, L. and Huang, H., Roles of small RNAs in plant disease resistance. J Integr Plant Biol, 2014. 56(10): p. 962-70.

Wessling, R.*, Epple, P.*, Altmann, S.*, He, Y.*, Yang, L.*, Henz, S.R., McDonald, N., Wiley, K., Bader, K.C., Glasser, C., Mukhtar, M.S., Haigis, S., Ghamsari, L., Stephens, A.E., Ecker, J.R., Vidal, M., Jones, J.D., Mayer, K.F., Ver Loren van Themaat, E., Weigel, D., Schulze-Lefert, P., Dangl, J.L., Panstruga, R., and Braun, P., Convergent targeting of a common host protein-network by pathogen effectors from three kingdoms of life. Cell Host Microbe, 2014. 16(3): p. 364-75.

Belkhadir, Y., Yang, L., Hetzel, J., Dangl, J.L., and Chory, J., The growth-defense pivot: crisis management in plants mediated by LRR-RK surface receptors. Trends Biochem Sci, 2014. 39(10): p. 447-56.

Yang, L., Xu, M., Koo, Y., He, J., and Poethig, R.S., Sugar promotes vegetative phase change in Arabidopsis thaliana by repressing the expression of MIR156A and MIR156C. Elife, 2013. 2: p. e00260.

Yang, L., Wu, G., and Poethig, R.S., Mutations in the GW-repeat protein SUO reveal a developmental function for microRNA-mediated translational repression in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2012. 109(1): p. 315-20.

Yang, L., Conway, S.R., and Poethig, R.S., Vegetative phase change is mediated by a leaf-derived signal that represses the transcription of miR156. Development, 2011. 138(2): p. 245-9.

Yao, X., Wang, H., Li, H., Yuan, Z., Li, F., Yang, L., and Huang, H., Two types of cis-acting elements control the abaxial epidermis-specific transcription of the MIR165a and MIR166a genes. FEBS Lett, 2009. 583(22): p. 3711-7.

Yamaguchi, A., Wu, M.F., Yang, L., Wu, G., Poethig, R.S., and Wagner, D., The microRNA-regulated SBP-Box transcription factor SPL3 is a direct upstream activator of LEAFY, FRUITFULL, and APETALA1. Dev Cell, 2009. 17(2): p. 268-78.

Schmidt, P.S., Zhu, C.T., Das, J., Batavia, M., Yang, L., and Eanes, W.F., An amino acid polymorphism in the couch potato gene forms the basis for climatic adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2008. 105(42): p. 16207-11.

Xu, L., Yang, L., and Huang, H., Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational regulations of gene expression during leaf polarity formation. Cell Res, 2007. 17(6): p. 512-9.

Fu, Y., Xu, L., Xu, B., Yang, L., Ling, Q., Wang, H., and Huang, H., Genetic interactions between leaf polarity-controlling genes and ASYMMETRIC LEAVES1 and 2 in Arabidopsis leaf patterning. Plant Cell Physiol, 2007. 48(5): p. 724-35.

Yang, L.*, Liu, Z.*, Lu, F., Dong, A., and Huang, H., SERRATE is a novel nuclear regulator in primary microRNA processing in Arabidopsis. Plant J, 2006. 47(6): p. 841-50.

Yang, L.*, Huang, W.*, Wang, H., Cai, R., Xu, Y., and Huang, H., Characterizations of a hypomorphic argonaute1 mutant reveal novel AGO1 functions in Arabidopsis lateral organ development. Plant Mol Biol, 2006. 61(1-2): p. 63-78.

Xu, L.*, Yang, L.*, Pi, L., Liu, Q., Ling, Q., Wang, H., Poethig, R.S., and Huang, H., Genetic interaction between the AS1-AS2 and RDR6-SGS3-AGO7 pathways for leaf morphogenesis. Plant Cell Physiol, 2006. 47(7): p. 853-63.