Xiaomei Shu

Xiaomei Shu completed her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at NCSU in 2014, under the direction of Dr. Gary Payne. She conducted various studies into maize infection with Aspergillus flavusand Fusarium verticillioides. Included among these were histology, RNA-sequencing, RNA in situ hybridization, and fungal mutagenesis approaches, which allowed her to identify novel maize genes and metabolic pathways associated with defense response to A. flavus and F. verticillioides, as well as novel pathogenesis genes from the fungi themselves. Dr. Shu is now an Associate Scientist with BASF.