Principal Investigator


2003 – 2007        B.S.A., China Agricultural University

2007 – 2012        Ph.D., Tsinghua University

2012 – 2016        Postdoctoral Scholar, Tsinghua University

2016 – 2019        Tang Distinguished Scholar, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

2019 – present     Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University



Research interest


Plant diseases affect plant yield and quality, and have caused serious agricultural economic losses. The goal of our laboratory is to study the molecular mechanisms of plant pathogenic bacteria, and plant resistance to diseases, especially the immune pathways triggered by pathogenic effectors.



Selected publications


1. Horsefield S, Burdett H, Zhang X, Manik MK, Shi Y, Chen J, Qi T, Gilley J, Lai JS, Rank MX, Casey LW, Gu W, Ericsson DJ, Foley G, Hughes RO, Bosanac T, von Itzstein M, Rathjen JP, Nanson JD, Boden M, Dry IB, Williams SJ, Staskawicz BJ, Coleman MP, Ve T, Dodds PN, Kobe B. (2019). NAD+ cleavage activity by animal and plant TIR domains in cell death pathways. Science, 365(6455):793-799.

2. Qi T, Seong K, ThomazellaD, Kim JR, Pham J, Seo E, Cho MJ, Schultink A and Staskawicz B. (2018). NRG1 functions downstream of EDS1 to regulate TIR-NLR-mediated plant immunity in Nicotiana benthamiana. PNAS, 115(46): E10979–E10987. 

3. Schultink A, Qi T, Bally J, Staskawicz B. (2018). Using forward genetics in Nicotiana benthamiana to uncover the immune signaling pathway mediating recognition of the Xanthomonas perforans e?ector XopJ4. New Phytol. 221(2):1001-1009.

4. Schultink A, Qi T, Lee A, Steinbrenner AD, Staskawicz B. (2017). Roq1 mediates recognition of the Xanthomonas and Pseudomonas effector proteins XopQ and HopQ1. Plant Journal. 92(5):787-795.

5. Song S, Huang H, Wang J, Liu B, Qi T*, Xie D*. (2017). MYC5 is involved in jasmonate-regulated plant growth, leaf senescence and defense responses. Plant and Cell Physiology, 58(10): 1752–1763.

6. Wu D#, Qi T#, Li WX, Tian H, Gao H, Wang J, Ge J, Yao R, Ren C, Wang XB, Liu Y, Kang L, Ding SW, Xie D. (2017). Viral effector protein manipulates host hormone signaling to attract insect vectors. Cell Research, 27(3): 402–415.

7. Zhu B, Gao H, Xu G, Wu D, Song S, Jiang H, Zhu S, Qi T*, Xie D*. (2017). Arabidopsis ALA1 and ALA2 mediate RNAi-based antiviral immunity. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 422.

8. Gao H, Yang M, Yang H, Qin Y, Zhu B, Xu G, Xie C, Wu D, Zhang X, Li W, Yan J, Song S, Qi T*, Ding S*, Xie D*. (2018). Arabidopsis ENOR3 regulates RNAi-mediated antiviral defense. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 45(1): 33–40. 

9. Qi T, Liu Z, Fan M, Chen Y, Tian H, Wu D, Gao H, Ren C, Song S, Xie D. (2017). GDP-D-mannose epimerase regulates male gametophyte development, plant growth and leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. Scientific Reports, 7(1): 10309.

10. Qi T, Huang H, Song S, Xie D. (2015). Regulation of jasmonate-mediated stamen development and seed production by a bHLH-MYB complex in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 27(6): 1620–1633.

11. Qi T, Wang J, Huang H, Liu B, Gao H, Liu Y, Song S, Xie D. (2015). Regulation of jasmonate-induced leaf senescence by antagonism between bHLH subgroup IIIe and IIId factors in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 27(6): 1634–1649.

12. Qi T, Huang H, Wu D, Yan J, Qi Y, Song S, Xie D. (2014). Arabidopsis DELLA and JAZ proteins bind the WD-repeat/bHLH/MYB complex to modulate gibberellin and jasmonate signaling synergy. Plant Cell, 26(3): 1118–33.

13. Song S, Huang H, Gao H, Wang J, Wu D, Liu X, Yang S, Zhai Q, Li C, Qi T#, Xie D#. (2014). Interaction between MYC2 and ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3 modulates antagonism between jasmonate and ethylene signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 26(1): 263–279.

14. Song S#, Qi T#, Fan M, Zhang X, Huang H, Gao H, Wu D, Guo H, Xie D. (2013). The bHLH subgroup IIId factors negatively regulate jasmonate-mediated plant defense and development. PLoS Genetics, 9(7): e1003653.

15. Qi T, Song S, Ren Q, Wu D, Huang H, Chen Y, Fan M, Peng W, Ren C, Xie D. (2011). The Jasmonate-ZIM-domain proteins interact with the WD-repeat/bHLH/MYB complexes to regulate jasmonate-mediated anthocyanin accumulation and trichome initiation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell, 23(5): 1795–814.

16. Song S#, Qi T#, Huang H, Ren Q, Wu D, Chang C, Peng W, Liu Y, Peng J, Xie D. (2011). The Jasmonate-ZIM domain proteins interact with the R2R3-MYB transcription factors MYB21 and MYB24 to affect jasmonate-regulated stamen development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 23(3): 1000–1013.


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