Postdoctoral Researcher

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.



Wang XR, Wang C, Ban FX, Zhu DT, Liu SS and Wang XW. 2017. Genome-wide identification and characterization of HSP gene superfamily in whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) and expression profiling analysis under temperature stress. Insect Science doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12505

Xia WQ, Wang XR, Liang Y, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2017. Transcriptome analyses suggest a novel hypothesis for whitefly adaptation to tobacco. Scientific Reports 7: 12102.

Zhu DT, Wang XR, Ban FX, Zou C, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2017. Methods for the extraction of endosymbionts from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Journal of Visualized Experiments 124: 55809.

Wang LL, Wang XR, Wei XM, Huang H, Wu JX , Chen XX, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2016. The autophagy pathway participates in resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection in whiteflies. Autophagy 12: 1560-1574.