News

2023
Dr. Yezi Xiang, current postdoc (and former graduate student), Tianyuan Chen, current postdoc, and Yang He, current postdoc, have published their work in Natre. Congratulations, Yezi, Tianyuan, and Yang!

  • Yizhu Lin and Stephen N. Floor, at Nature, highlights the Dong lab’s recent paper in their article titled, Dynamic regulation of messenger RNA structure controls translation. Read the review here.
  • Robin A. Smith, at Duke Today, highlights the Dong lab’s recent paper in their article titled, Unzipping mRNA Rallies Plant Cells to Fight Infection. Read the write up here.

Dr. Tianyuan Chen, current postdoc, Guoyong Xu, former postdoc, George Green, former graduate student, Lijing Liu, former postdoc, and Jonathan Motley, former graduate student, have published their work in Cell Host & Microbe. Congratulations, Tianyuan, Guoyong, George, Lijing, and Jonathan!

  • Robin A. Smith, at Duke Today, highlights the Dong lab’s recent paper. Read the review here.
  • Morgan Carter, of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, previews the Dong lab’s recent paper. Read the preview titled, After the trap snaps in the plant immune response, in Cell Host & Microbe Previews here.

2022
Dr. Jinlong Wang, current postdoc, Xing Zhang, current postdoc, George Green, former graduate student, and Guoyong Xu, former postdoc, have published their work in Cell. Congratulations, Jinglong, Xing, George, and Guoyong!

  • Robin A. Smith, of Duke Today, highlights the Dong lab’s recent paper. Read the review here.
  • Kyusik Q. Kim and Hani S. Zaher, of Washington University in St. Louis, reviews the Dong lab’s recent paper. Read the review titled, Translating while under attack: Plant defense mRNAs find a way, in Molecular Cell Biology here.
  • The National Science Foundation newsletter highlights the recent work from the Dong lab, published in Cell, in the article titled, Plants reprogram their cells to fight invaders. Here’s how. Read the article here.
  • Eytan Zlotorynski, of Nature Reviews in Molecular Cell Biology, Volume 23, October 2022, reviews the Dong lab’s recent paper. Read the review titled, Mechanism of pathogen-induced cap-dependent translation in plants, here.

Dr. Raul Zavaliev, current postdoc, Jordan Powers, current graduate student, and John Withers, former postdoc, as well as members of the Pei Zhou lab at Duke University have published their work in Nature. Congratulations, Raul, Jordan, John, and the Zhou lab!

  • Megan Rosen, of HHMI, highlights the Dong and Zhou labs recent paper. Read the review, titled, “Structure of ‘Gliding Bird’ Plant Protein Could Lead to Better Crops”here.
  • Judy Myers, of Advanced Photon Source, at the Argonne National Laboratory, highlights the Dong and Zhou labs’ recent paper. Read the review, titled, “New Research May Enhance Disease Resistance in Plants”here.

2021
Dr. Xinnian Dong participated in a discussion titled, “Do plants have Immune Systems?” with the BBC World news, listen to it here. Nicely done, Xinnian!

2020
Raul Zavaliev, current postdoc, Raj Mohan, former postdoc, and Tianyuan Chen, current postdoc, have published their work in Cell. Congratulations, Raul, Raj, and Tianyuan!

  • Dr. Lucia Strader, of Duke University, and Dr. Tanya Mattag, of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, review Dr. Zavaliev’s recent paper. Read the review, titled, “I Will Survive: How NPR1 Condensation Promotes Plant Cell Survival,” in CellPress here.

John Withers, current postdoc, Paul Zwack, current postdoc, Lijing Liu, former postdoc, Shunping Yan, former postdoc, as well as fellow HHMI collaborators from the Zheng lab at the University of Washington have published their work in Nature. Congratulations, John, Paul, Lijing, Shunping, and the members of the Zheng lab!

2019
Dr. Dong is featured in Current Biology with a question and answer session and a brief biography of her scientific background. See the article here.
2017
Paul Zwack, current postdoc, has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowship from NIH/NIGMS for 2 years of support. Congratulations, Paul!

Guoyong Xu, current postdoc, Meng Yuan, visiting scientist from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, Lijing Liu, current postdoc, Edward Zhuang, current undergraduate Duke student, Sargis Karapetyan, current postdoc, and Dr. Dong’s papers, “uORF-Mediated Translation Allows Engineered Plant Disease Resistance Without Fitness Costs” and “Global Translational Reprogramming Is A Fundamental Layer of Immune Regulation in Plants” (Nature, May 17, 2017) have been featured in Science, Duke Research Blog, and a video blog by the Simple Biologist..

  • Contributing Science writer Ryan Cross penned a wonderfully accessible piece about both articles here.
  • Contributing scientist for Duke Research Blog is Jonathan Motley, current graduate student in the Dong lab. Read the article here.
  • Kate Bredbenner, a Rockefeller University graduate student, AKA the Simple Biologist has produced a video blog breaking down about both article. Watch the video here.

2017

Dr. Dong Renews HHMI Grant
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has renewed Dr. Xinnian Dong as one of their distinguished investigators.

2015
Dong Wang, Nita Amornsiripanitch, and Dr. Dong’s paper, “A Genomic Approach to Identify Regulatory Nodes in the Transcriptional Network of Systemic Acquired Resistance in Plants” (PloS Pathogens, vol. 2 (2006), pp. 1042 – 1050) has been selected to be part of the 10th anniversary publication for PLoS Pathogens. Taken from their site “To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of PLoS Pathogens, over 60 Section Editors, all experts on studies of viruses, bacteria, prions, fungi, oomycetes and parasites of animals and plants, were invited to select articles that they believed represented the very best exemplars from their respective fields. The resulting 42 articles were chosen for their scientific excellence, diversity and sheer influence on pathogens research and human health.” See the selected articles here.

Dr. Dong, is named one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” by Thomas Reuters. Read the article here. Download a copy of the pdf here.

Jennifer Veigas, science writer for PNAS, writes a wonderful profile of Dr. Dong, “Profile of Xinnian Dong,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA . Ms. Veigas’s profile is well written and enlightening. Read the article here.

Mian Zhou, former graduate student, and Wei Wang, former postdoc, of the the Dong lab, have published “Redox rhythm reinforces the circadian clock to gate immune response” in the June 22, 2015 edition of Nature, vol. 000 (2015), pp. 1 – 18. Mian and Wei, with help from Musoki Mwimba, previous graduate student, and Jorge Marques, current postdoc, in the Dong lab as well as Sargis Karapetyan, a graduate student from Nicolas Buchler’s lab, explain the correlation between the defense cycle and the circadian clock. pdf

  • Robin A. Smith writes, “Dual Internal Clock Keep Plant Defenses on Schedule” in the June 22, 2015 edition of Duke Today. Read the article here.
  • “Dual internal clocks keep plant defenses on schedule” in the June 22, 2015 edition of PhysOrg. Read the article here.
  • “Dual internal clocks keep plant defenses on schedule: Disturbing the tick-tock of one clock causes the other to tighten its timetable” in the June 23, 2015 edition of ScienceDaily. Read the article here.

2014

Dr. Jane Parker, writes a wonderful preview, “Co-opting the Cell-Cycle Machinery for Plant Immunity,” Cell Host & Microbe 16, December 10, 2014. Dr. Parker’s preview is written on our publication, “A Noncanonical Role for the CKI-RB-E2F Cell-Cycle Signaling Pathway in Plant Effector-Triggered Immunity,” in Cell Host & Microbe 16, December 10, 2014. Read the article here.

Dr. Dong, is named one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” in the June, 2014 publication by Thomas Reuters. Read the article here. Download a copy of the pdf here.

  • Duke Research Blog publishes, “Duke Researchers Cited for Their Infleunce” in the June 16, 2014 edition. Read the article here.
  • The Hearald Sun publishes, “Duke, UNC researchers recognized for influence” in the June 16, 2014 edition. Read the article here.

Dr. Dong is featured in HHMI Bulletin, Spring 2014/ Vol. 27 No. 2. The article is titled “Around The Clock,” by Sarah C.P. William. Read the article here. Click to download a copy of the HHMI Bulletin Spring 2014 here. To download a copy of the “Around The Clock” article click here.

Dr. Dong is featured in “Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection,” by S.E. Gould on the Scientific American online blog. Scientific American blog

Dr. Dong is featured in HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2014/ Vol. 27 No. 1. The article is titled “Defenses Up,” by Nicole Kresege. Read the article here. Click to download a copy of the HHMI Bulletin Winter 2014 here. To download a copy of the “Defenses Up” article click here.

2012

Xiao-yu Zheng, current graduate student, and Natalie Weaver Spivey, former graduate student, have published “Coronatine Promotes Pseudomonas syringaeVirulence in Plants by Activating a Signaling Cascade that Inhibits Salicylic Scid Accumulation,” Cell Host & Microbe , vol. 11 (2012), pp. 587-596 pdf

  • Duke TODAY publishes, “Bacterium Signals Plant to Open Up and Let Friends In” in the June 13, 2012 edition featuring the publication. Read the article here.

Zheng-Qing Fu, Shunping Yan, and Abdelaty Saleh, current post-doctoral fellows, have published “NPR3 and NPR4 are receptors for the immune signal salicylic acid in plants”, Nature, pdf

  • Research News & Views, written by Andrea A. Gust and Thorsten Nurnberger, in Nature, vol. 486 (14 June, 2012), pp. 198 – 199, features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.
  • Editor’s Choice, written by John F. Foley, in Science Signaling, vol. 5, Issue 229 (19 June, 2012), pp. 170, features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.
  • Research Highlight, written by Magali Moreau, Miaoying Tian, and Daniel F. Klessig, in Cell Research, (26 June, 2012), features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.

Karolina Mukhtar, former post-doctoral fellow, has published “The HSF-like transcription factor TBF1 is a major molecular switch for plant growth-to-defense transition, Current Biology, vol. 22 no. 2 (January, 2012), pp. 103 – 112 pdf

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research News publishes, “Call to Arms” in the January 12, 2012 edition featuring the work of Dr. Dong. Read the article here.
  • Research Highlights in Nature Immunology, vol. 13 no. 4 (April, 2012), pp. 315, features the TBF1 paper. Read the highlight here.

2011

Dr. Dong Receives HHMI-GBMF Grant
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) has selected Dr. Xinnian Dong as one of fifteen investigators from across the USA to receive a grant. Read the article here. Congratulations Xinnian!

Wei Wang, current graduate student, and Jinyoung Barnaby, former graduate student, of the the Dong lab, have published “Timing of plant immune responses by a central circadian regulator” in the February 3, 2011 edition of Nature, vol. 470 (2011), pp. 110-114. pdf

  • Cristina Luiggi writes, “Preparing for infection” in the February 2, 2011 edition of the TheScientist. Read the article here.
  • C. Robertson McClung writes, “Defence at dawn” in the February 3, 2011 edition of Nature. Read the article here.
  • Karl Leif Bates writes, “Immune Defense Revs for Morning Attack” in the February 3, 2011 edition of the Duke News. Read News & Views here.
  • Von Michael Lange writes, “Immunabwehr der Pflanzen ist an eine innere Uhr gekoppelt” in the February 4, 2011 edition of Dradio.de. (Translation: “Immune defense of the plants is linked to an internal clock”) Read the article here.
  • Sindya N. Bhanoo writes, “To Defend Against Disease, a Plant Checks the Clock” in the February 8, 2011 edition of the New York Times. Read the article here.