Postdoctoral Scientist

Xiao Lin

Xiao Lin


I am interested in plant-microbe interaction, especially the interaction between the Irish famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans and potato. I believe this knowledge will help to achieve more durable disease resistance in crop plants.

During my PhD, I focused on the MAMPs and apoplastic effectors from Phytophthora species and hunt for the corresponding surface immune receptors from potatoes. I used Effectoromics strategy to identify the Solanaceae plants which carry the potential surface immune receptors, then applied genetics, genomics, NGS and RLP/KSeq methods to map those surface immune receptors.

At TSL, I am aiming to identify the P. infestans effectors that recognized by NLR receptors from Solanum americanum. Once the effectors are identified, the distribution and evolution of these effectors in world-wide P. infestans races will be studied.

Job history

  • 2018 -

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2013 - 2018

    PhD of Plant Breeding

    Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 2010 - 2013

    MSc of Genomics

    HuaZhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
  • 2006 - 2010

    BSc of Biological Science

    HuaZhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China