Weibin Ma

Research Technician
Nick Talbot Group

After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Protection, I chose to continue studying biological science as a master student, working on the functional analysis of pathogenicity-related genes of rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Since 2013, I have worked in Professor Gero Steinberg’s group at the University of Exeter as a research technician, focused on molecular and cell biology research of wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici and corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. I joined Professor Nick Talbot’s research group in 2018 as a research technician to provide a wide range of research activities, including the cultivation and manipulation of filamentous fungal pathogens, molecular cloning and gene identification and characterisation.


Kilaru S, Schuster M, Ma W, Steinberg G (2017)

Fluorescent markers of various organelles in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Fungal Genet Biol. 2017 Aug;105:16-27. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2017.05.001.

Ma W, Kilaru S, Collins C, Courbot M, Steinberg G (2015)

Libraries for two-hybrid screening of yeast and hyphal growth forms in Zymoseptoria tritici. Fungal Genet Biol. 2015 Jun;79:94-101. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2015.03.023.

Kilaru S, Ma W, Schuster M, Courbot M, Steinberg G (2015)

Conditional promoters for analysis of essential genes in Zymoseptoria tritici. Fungal Genet Biol 2015, 79:166-173.

Yan X, Ma WB, Li Y, Wang H, Que YW, Ma ZH, Talbot NJ, Wang ZY (2011)

A sterol 14α-demethylase is required for conidiation, virulence and for mediating sensitivity to sterol demethylation inhibitors by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Fungal Genet Biol. 2011 Feb;48(2):144-53. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2010.09.005.

Li Y, Yan X, Wang H, Liang S, Ma WB, Fang MY, Talbot NJ, Wang ZY (2010)

MoRic8 Is a novel component of G-protein signaling during plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2010 Mar;23(3):317-31. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-23-3-0317.

Job History

2018 – present Research Technician, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2013 – 2018 Research Technician, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

2011 – 2012 High School Teacher, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

2008 – 2011 MSc Plant Pathology, Zhejiang University, China