PhD student


Tomato yellow leaf curl virus experiences a circulative journey in the body of whiteflies belonging to Bemisia tabaci species complex. In this journey, the virus moves along the route of stylet-midgut-haemolymph-salivary gland within the insect vector. Several lines of evidence suggest the existence of specific receptor(s) for this virus in its movement along the route. My main research interest is to find the membrane receptor(s) which mediate the TYLCV transmembrane transport, thus helping to block begomovirus transmission in the further study. In addition, I study the effect of midgut penetration levels of begomoviruses on their acquisition and transmission by whiteflies.

I obtained my BSc degree in Biosafety from Southwest University in 2015.



Jing Zhao, Yao Chi, Xin-Jia Zhang, Xiao-Wei Wang, Shu-Sheng Liu. Implication of whitefly vesicle associated membrane protein-associated protein B in the transmission of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus. Virology. 2019; 535: 210-217.

Jing Zhao, Yao Chi, Xin-Jia Zhang, Teng Lei, Xiao-Wei Wang, Shu-Sheng Liu. Comparative proteomic analysis provides new insight into differential transmission of two begomoviruses by a whitefly. Virology Journal. 2019; 16: 32.

Tao Guo, Jing Zhao, Li-Long Pan, Liang Geng, Teng Lei, Xiao-wei Wang, Shu-Sheng Liu. The level of midgut penetration of two begomoviruses affects their acquisition and transmission by two species of Bemisia tabaci. Virology. 2018; 515: 66-73.

Wen-Qiang Xia, Yan Liang, Yao Chi, Li-Long Pan, Jing Zhao, Shu-Sheng Liu, Xiao-Wei Wang. Intracellular trafficking of begomoviruses in the midgut cells of their insect vector. PLoS Pathogens. 2018; 14: e1006866.