Li-Jun Ma

Li-Jun Ma

Associate Professor
University of Massachussetts Amherst, USA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Ma studies genome evolution combining theoretical, computational and experimental approaches. Her lab focuses on a model system Fusarium oxysporum, a highly adaptive species complex causing destructive and intractable wilt diseases across a broad spectrum of plant hosts. The Fusarium comparative genomics demonstrates that horizontal transfer of entire chromosomes conveys pathogenicity and contributes directly to the niche adaptation. This discovery establishes F. oxysporum as an effective model to investigate horizontal transfer in eukaryotes, and the pathogenicity chromosomes provide a focal point to investigate the genetic mechanisms that underlie pathogenesis against different plant hosts.


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Genome analysis: applications to plant health

Main Rectorate Conference Hall

Li-Jun Ma Fusarium pathogenomics: understanding fungal pathogenicity through genomics David Guttman Understand Host Specificity via Comparative Genomics