My studies focus on the genomics of symbionts in different cryptic species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex. My key goals are to obtain the whole genome of some known symbionts such as Arsenophous and Wolbachia in different species of B. tabaci. Furthermore, I want to reveal the interactions between the hosts and symbionts at the molecular level. In addition, I study the diversity of symbionts in whiteflies.
I obtained my BSc degree in Agriculture (Horticulture) from Zhejiang University in 2012.
Zhu DT, Xia WQ, Rao Q, Liu SS, Ghanim M, Wang XW. 2016. Sequencing and comparison of the Rickettsia genomes from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci Middle East Asia Minor I. Insect Science 23:531-542.
Rao Q, Rollat-Farnier PA, Zhu DT, Santos-Garcia D, Silva Francisco J, Moya A, Latorre A, Klein Cecilia C, Vavre F, Sagot MF, Liu SS, Mouton L, Wang XW. 2015. Genome reduction and metabolic complementation of the dual endosymbionts in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. BMC Genomics 16:226.
Rao Q, Wang S, Zhu DT, Wang XW, Liu SS. 2012. Draft genome sequence of Rickettsia sp. strain MEAM1, isolated from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Journal of Bacteriology 194:4741-4742.