Jeryl Cheng: The role of LysM Receptor-like kinases in Lotus japonicus: Are you my Friend or Foe?

PhD defence, Thursday 18 January 2018. Jeryl Cheng.

2018.01.18 | Lisbeth Heilesen

Jeryl Cheng

During his PhD studies, Jeryl Cheng focused on characterizing Lysin Motif (LysM)-containing proteins from Lotus japonicus, a legume. Legumes grown under nitrogen-starved conditions will engage in symbiotic nitrogen fixation with rhizobia bacteria. However, to prevent infection by pathogens looking to exploit the symbiotic pathway, legumes must develop ways to discriminate between friend or foe.

Using biochemical and structural tools to help better understand the initial recognition of both symbionts and pathogens, he managed characterized two LysM receptor-like kinases in Lotus japonicus, one involved with perception of rhizobia bacteria and the other with pathogenic fungus.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 18 January 2018 at 13.15
Place: Building 1421, Meeting Room 2, AU conference centre, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of dissertation: Structural and Biochemical Studies of LysM Proteins
Contact information: Jeryl Cheng,
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Thorsten Nürnberger, ZMBP - Plant Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany
Research leader René Jørgensen, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark
Associate Professor Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer (chair), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Jens Stougaard, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Dr Mickaël Blaise, CPBS-CNRS, University of Montpellier, France
Assistant Professor Kasper Røjkjær Andersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, room 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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