Hongyu Chen

PH.D. Student

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Education:

2016 M.Sc. Plant Pathology. Auburn University, Auburn, AL., USA. Thesis: Effect of calcium on biofilm development and role of mopB and msrA in virulence of Xylella fastidiosa.
2008 B.Sc. Biotechnology. Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, Hunan, China. Thesis: Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of EPSP gene into Nicotiana tabacum.

Current Research:

Gene expression and function analysis of Xylella fastidiosa under microfluidic flow with different calcium concentrations

Awards:

  • 2005-2006 Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, Hunan, China.
  • 2016 Outstanding M.S. Graduate Student, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL., USA.

Publications:

  • Hongyu Chen, Prem P. Kandel, Luisa F. Cruz, Paul A. Cobine, and Leonardo De La Fuente. The major outer membrane protein MopB is required for twitching movement and affects biofilm formation and virulence in two Xylella fastidiosa strains. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 2017, 30(11): 896-905.
  • Jennifer K. Parker, Hongyu Chen, Sara E. McCarty, Lawrence Y. Liu, and Leonardo De La Fuente. Calcium transcriptionally regulates the biofilm machinery of Xylella fastidiosa to promote continued biofilm development in batch cultures. Environmental Microbiology, 2016, 18(5):1620-1634.
  • Xinxin Xu, Hongyu Chen, Shumin Wang, Canxing Duan, and Zhendong Zhu. Detection of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli and Xanthomonas fuscans subsp. fuscans on common bean seeds. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 2013, 43(1): 11-19.
  • Hongyu Chen, Xinxin Xu, Canxing Duan, Shumin Wang, and Zhendong Zhu. Identification of pathogens causing common bacterial blight on common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Scientia Agricultura Sinica. 2012, 45(13):2618-2627.
  • Xinxin Xu, Hongyu Chen, Shumin Wang, Canxing Duan, and Zhendong Zhu. Overwintering ability of pathogens causing common bacterial blight on plant debris. Acta Phytophylacica Sinica, 2012, 39(3):231-236.

Selected Abstracts/TALKS:

  • Chen, H., and L. De La Fuente. Functional analysis of Xylella fastidiosa PD0576 gene encoding a histidine kinase and response regulator hybrid protein. International Congress of Plant Pathology, Boston, USA, July 29-August 3, 2018.
  • De La Fuente, L., H. Chen, S. Traore, J. Parker, L. Cruz, J. Oliver, and P. Cobine. Calcium has multiple roles during the interactions between Xylella fastidiosa and host plants. European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa: finding answers to a global problem, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, November 13-15, 2017
  • Chen, H., and L. De La Fuente. Whole transcriptome analysis of Xylella fastidiosa grown inside microfluidic chambers identified specific calcium-regulated genes. The American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, San Antonio, USA, August 2017
  • De La Fuente, L., P. Kandel, H. Chen, J. Parker, L. Cruz, F. Navarrete, S. Traore, J. Oliver, and P. Cobine. 2017. Factores que afectan la virulencia y la evolución de la bacteria patógena Xylella fastidiosa. Proceedings of the 4to Congreso Argentino de Fitopatologia, Mendoza, Argentina, April 19-21, 2017, p. 81.
  • H. Chen, P. P. Kandel, L. F. Cruz, and L. De La Fuente. The outer membrane protein MopB is associated with biofilm formation, twitching motility and virulence of the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa. Graduate student poster presentation, This Is Research, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, March 26, 2017.