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Min-Yao Jhu

Min-Yao Jhu

Postdoctoral researcher
Sustainable crop nutrition

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Min-Yao is a postdoctoral research associate at the Crop Science Centre. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and her M.S. in Plant Biology at National Taiwan University, where she studied wounding induced miRNAs in sweet potatoes. After receiving her master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant in Academia Sinica on the regulatory mechanisms of Kranz anatomy development in maize. She then moved to the US and worked with Professor Neelima Sinha on parasitic plant research. Her research focused on haustorium organogenesis in the stem parasitic plant Cuscuta campestris and the host-parasite interaction between Cuscuta and tomato. Min-Yao received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis, in 2021. She then moved to the UK and joined Giles Oldroyd’s research group. She is currently working on engineering nodule organogenesis in cereals at the Crop Science Centre.


Cuscuta species: Model organisms for haustorium development in stem holoparasitic plants.

Jhu MY, Sinha NR. Cuscuta species: Model organisms for haustorium development in stem holoparasitic plants. Front Plant Sci. 2022 Dec 12;13:1086384. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.1086384. PMID: 36578337; PMCID: PMC9792094.

Parasitic Plants: An Overview of Mechanisms by Which Plants Perceive and Respond to Parasites.

Jhu MY, Sinha NR. Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2022 Apr 1. doi: 10.1146/annurev-arplant-102820-100635. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35363532

Investigating Host and Parasitic Plant Interaction by Tissue-Specific Gene Analyses on Tomato and Cuscuta campestris Interface at Three Haustorial Developmental Stages

Jhu MY, Farhi M, Wang L, Zumstein K, Sinha NR. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2022 February 10: 3402. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.764843.

Heinz resistant tomato cultivars exhibit a lignin-based resistance to field dodder (Cuscuta campestris) parasitism. 

Jhu MY, Farhi M, Wang L, Philbrook RN, Belcher MS, Nakayama H, Zumstein KS, Rowland SD, Ron M, Shih PM, Sinha NR. Plant Physiol. 2022 Jan 31:kiac024. doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiac024. PMID: 35099559.

LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES DOMAIN 25 functions as a key regulator of haustorium development in dodders.

Jhu MY, Ichihashi Y, Farhi M, Wong C, Sinha NR.Plant Physiol. 2021 Aug 3;186(4):2093-2110. doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiab231.PMID: 34618110

MicroR408 regulates defense response upon wounding in sweet potato.

Kuo YW, Lin JS, Li YC, Jhu MY, King YC, Jeng ST.J Exp Bot. 2019 Jan 7;70(2):469-483. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ery381.PMID: 30403812