Pengbo studied Virology and Pomology during his MSc under the co-supervision of Prof. Hongqing Wang and Prof. Shifang Li from China Agricultural University (CAU) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), respectively. After obtaining his MSC degree at CAU, he obtained a 4-years fellowship of the Chinese Scolarship Council (CSC) and started his PhD in autumn 2015 in our lab.
His project focuses on the molecular assembly of a pathway specific membrane microdomain (MD) that control host cell infection. Pengbo makes use of a number of scaffold proteins that mediate the formation of a molecular signalling hub. One of the main goals is the identification of novel components within this domain and to unravel their sequential recruitment by these scaffolds.
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Liang, P., Navarro, B., Zhang, Z., Wang, H., Lu, M., Xiao, H., … & Li, S. (2015). Identification and characterization of a novel geminivirus with a monopartite genome infecting apple trees. Journal of General Virology, 96(8), 2411-2420.