Dr. Huajin Sheng
Postdoctoral Fellow, Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions
Huajin was born and raised in Nanchang, China. He completed his PhD in Botany at Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, China, in 2019. During his PhD program, he focused on studying the physiological and molecular response of wheat plants to heavy metals (Cd, Mn, Cu) stress and on exploring the role of exogenous substances (salicylic acid and sulfur nutrient) in alleviating heavy metal stress.
Sponsored by China Scholarship Council, Huajin joined Olena Vatamaniuk’s lab at Cornell University as a visiting PhD student to obtain training in molecular biology, from 2015 to 2018. At Cornell, he utilized multidisciplinary approaches including RNA-seq, CRISPR/CAS9-mediated genome editing and synchrotron x-ray fluorescence imaging tools to identify and characterize genes (transporters and transcription factors) responsible for Cu absorption in root and delivery to reproductive organs, and elucidated the mechanism underlying how Cu affects fertility and grain yield in Arabidopsis, Brachypodium and wheat. After receiving his PhD degree, Huajin returned to theVatamaniuk Lab at Cornell University as a postdoctoral fellow for six months.
Huajin joined the Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions group as a postdoctoral fellow in February 2020, supervised by Dr. Leon Kochian and Raju Datla. Now he is working on exploring TOR Signaling pathway involved in water use efficiency and mineral nutrient homeostasis.