YAO Dan-Mei

PhD student


I am interested in the molecular mechanisms of whitefly Bemisia tabaci interactions with begomoviruses and plants. I have participated in the research of our lab that  reveals the functions of jasmonic acid pathway and terpenoids in the interactions between whiteflies, geminiviruses and tobacco plants. Currently, I am attempting to find more plant genes that participate in the tripartite interactions by using virus induced gene silencing in the plants.

I obtained my BSc degree in Applied Bioscience from Zhejiang University in 2011.



Luan JB, Yao DM, Zhang T, Walling LL, Yang M, Wang YJ and Liu SS. 2012. Suppression of terpenoid synthesis in plants by a virus promotes its mutualism with vectors. Ecology letters, 16, 390-398.