Ningxiao Li

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
Ningxiao Li
312 Buckhout Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2074

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  1. 2018 Ph.D. Plant Biology, Penn State
  2. 2012 B.S. Biological sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

I came to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D degree in plant biology and quickly found my passion in studying plant-microbe interactions. I joined Dr. Seogchan Kang's lab and conducted my thesis research on exploring the mostly overlooked roles and mechanisms that underpin volatile compound-mediated fungal interactions with plants and other microbes mainly using Verticillium species and Fusarium oxysporum, two soilborne fungal pathogens that impact agriculture and the environment around the world. After graduation, I continued working in Kang's lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Currently, I am focusing on studying how Trichoderma biocontrol agents interact with Fusarium oxysporum, tomato, and microbial communities through the secretion of diverse molecules and how such interactions affect plant growth and health.