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- PH.D., Ohio State University, 2005
Lirong Zeng is a molecular plant pathologist. His research has focused on the identification and characterization of genes and signal transduction pathways involved in plant immunity against microbial pathogens, particularly the roles and mechanism by which the ubiquitination system regulates plant defense responses. Given that plant immunity is inextricably connected to plant development and environmental factors, his research also involves understanding the signaling crosstalk that orchestrates plant responses to different intrinsic and extrinsic signals. Lirong's long-term goal is to elucidate and eventually manipulate for crop improvement the key molecular mechanisms that plants use to defend themselves against different biotic stresses.