My research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of whitefly innate immunity pathways in the interactions with begomoviruses. To reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions, a multifaceted approach involving transcriptomics, RNAi, and immunity methods has been applied.
For the whitefly-begomovirus interactions, immune response of whiteflies to the begomoviruses has been analyzed. Previous work during my Ph.D. study revealed the role of autophagy pathway participating in resistance to begomoviruses infection in whitefly. Currently, I am analyzing the crosstalk of these immune pathways in facilitating a systemic and specific response to begomoviruses infection.
In addition, I am studying the roles of mitogen-activated protein kinases signal transduction pathways in the regulation of begomovirus replication in whitefly.