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Interim Vice President
Department: Genetics / Development & Cell Biology
Research Interests: plant metabolism, plant genetics
Brief description of current research:
My research focuses on plant metabolism and how plants restructure their metabolism in response to environmental and developmental changes. Most recently work by my group has focused on: 1. The synthesis and degradation glutathione (GSH) and how they respond to stress. 2. Acetyl CoA synthesis in the plastid and metabolic fate. 3. New components in the TGA factor/as-1 element signal transduction pathway. 4. Phytoremediation of explosives and heavy metals.
Lei, Z. Y, P. Zhao, M. J. Cao, R. Cui, X. Chen, L. Z. Xiong, O. F. Zhang, D. J. Oliver, and C. Xiang, 2007: High-throughput binary vectors for plant gene function analysis. J. Integrative Plant Biol., in press.
Ni, W., Z. Lei, X. Chen, D. J. Oliver, and C. Xiang, 2007: Construction of a plant transformation-ready expression cDNA library for mining salt tolerance genes from thellungiella halophila using a restriction endonuclease and DNA ligase-free approach. J. Integrative Plant Biol, in press.
Ohkama-Ohtsu, N., S. Radwan, A. Peterson, P. Zhao, A. Fattah Badr, C. Xiang, and D. J. Oliver, 2007: Characterization of the extracellular y-Glutamyl Transpeptidases, GGT1 and GGT2, in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal, in press.