Yufei Li

PhD Student
Wenbo Ma Group

My project aims to unravel effector evolution mechanism and divergent biological functions in Phytophthora species. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how effectors escape host recognition, counteract the signalling pathways and repress the defence during the plant-pathogen interaction.


Yufei L, Long L, Mingrun X, Hui F, Wenwu Y, Yuanchao W (2019)

Bioinformatic analysis of Argonaute family genes in oomycetes and fungi. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica 2020, Vol. 50 Issue (1): 60-67 DOI: 10.13926/j.cnki.apps.000312

Yang B, Wang Y, Guo B, Jing M, Zhou H, Li Y, Wang H, Huang J, Wang Y, Ye W, Dong S, Wang Y (2019)

The Phytophthora sojae RXLR effector Avh238 destabilizes soybean Type2 GmACSs to suppress ethylene biosynthesis and promote infection. The New Phytologist 222, 425-437.

Lin L, Ye W, Wu J, Xuan M, Li Y, Gao J, Wang Y, Wang Y, Dong S, Wang Y (2018)

The MADS-box transcription factor PsMAD1 is involved in zoosporogenesis and pathogenesis of Phytophthora sojae. Frontiers in Microbiology 9, 2259.

Job History

2021 – present PhD Student, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2019 – 2021 Predoctoral student, University of California Riverside, USA

2016 – 2019 MSc in Plant Pathology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China

2012 – 2016 Undergraduate Researcher, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, China