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Yakun Xie

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Heribert Hirt​

Research Interests

I am interested in how desert rhizosphere microbes assist plants to against the various extreme environmental conditions (e.g. high salt and temperature). Using a genome-wide association study, our team recently identified a number of candidate genes. Further study of those genes will contribute to identify the molecular mechanisms responsible for the connection between plants and beneficial microbes.

Selected Publications

  • Xie Y, Straub D, Eguen T, Brandt R, Stahl M, Martinez-Garcia J, Wenkel S. Meta-analysis of Arabidopsis KANADI1 direct target genes identifies basic growth-promoting module acting upstream of hormonal signaling pathways. Plant Physiology pp.00764.2015. (2015)
  • Xie Y, Huhn K, Brandt R, Potschin M, Bieker S, Straub D, Doll J, Drechsler T, Zentgraf U, Wenkel S. REVOLUTA and WRKY53 Connect Early and Late Leaf Development in Arabidopsis. Development  doi:10.1242/dev.117689. (2014)
  • Brandt R, Cabedo M, Xie Y, Wenkel S. Homeodomain leucine-zipper proteins and their role in synchronizing growth and development with the environment. J Integr Plant Biol 56: 518–526. (2014)
  • Merelo P., Xie Y, Brand L., Ott F., Weigel D., Bowman J., Heisler M., Wenkel S. Genome-Wide Identification of KANADI1 Target Genes. PLoS One, 8(10), 1-14. (2013)
  • Brandt R, Xie Y, Musielak T, Graeff M, Stierhof YD, Stierhof YD, Huang H, Liu CM and Wenkel S. Control of stem cell homeostasis via interlocking microRNA and microProtein feedback loops. Mech Dev 130: 25–33. (2013)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2015
  • M.Sc, Genetics, Zhejiang University, P.R.China, 2011           
  • B.S., Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, P.R.China, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2015-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia