Bio

Min-Yao Jhu is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Plant Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, Davis. She received her master’s degree in Plant Biology at National Taiwan University in Taiwan. She is currently working with Professor Neelima Sinha and is focusing on the interaction between parasitic plants (Cuscuta pentagona) and host plants. In 2017, she won the Best Presentation Award at the UC Davis Plant Biology Colloquium and the Best Poster Award at the UC Davis Plant Biology Retreat. Min-Yao is also an awardee of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Travel Award in both 2017 and 2018. She also won the UC Davis Graduate Student Travel Award and Elsie Taylor Stocking Memorial Fellowship in 2018. She is looking forward to attending Plant Biology 2018 and sharing her fascinating hypotheses and results on parasitic plant research this summer.

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Research Areas:
Biotic Interactions, Signals and Responses, Development

Publications

Jhu, M.Y., Farhi M., Philbrook R., Ranjan A., Ichihashi Y., Khuu K., Liew V., Sinha N. (2017). Developing a parasite-resistant system in tomatoes to control infestations of Cuscuta pentagona. 2017 UC Davis Plant Biology Retreat, UC Davis Genome Center, California, USA (conference poster).

Jhu, M.Y., Sinha N. (2017). Developing a parasite-resistant system in tomatoes to control infestations of Cuscuta pentagona. Presentation Competition in 2017 UC Davis Plant Biology Colloquium, UC Davis, CA, USA (oral presentation)

Jhu, M.Y., Farhi M., Philbrook R., Ranjan A., Ichihashi Y., Khuu K., Liew V., Sinha N. (2017). Developing a parasite-resistant system in tomatoes to control infestations of Cuscuta pentagona. American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Plant Biology conference 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (conference poster).

Jhu, M.Y., Farhi M., Ranjan A., Ichihashi Y., Philbrook R., Khuu K., Sinha N. (2016). Developing a parasite-resistant system in tomatoes to control infestations of Cuscuta pentagona. 2016 UC Davis Plant Biology Retreat, Marconi Conference Center, California, USA (conference poster).

Jhu, M.Y., and Jeng, S.T. (2014). Identification and profiling of wounding-responsive miRNAs in sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas cv Tainung 57). 2014 Plant Molecular Biology Conference, Sitou, Taiwan (conference oral presentation and poster).

Jhu, M.Y., Chang, Y.H., Lin, B.J., Chen, H.Y., and Yang, H.C. (2013). Genetic Dissection of Diverse Disease Prevalence and Drug Response in Global Human Populations Using Ancestry Informative Markers. Proceedings of IASC satelllite conference for the 59th ISI WSC & the 8th conference of IASC-ARS (conference paper).

Jhu, M.Y. and Lucas, W.J. (2013). How Do Plants Know? How do plants signal between their organs? A road for long-distance miRNA signaling through the phloem. Interdisciplinary Research Internship Symposium, Global Research Experience in Advanced Technologies (GREAT) summer research program, University of California, Davis, California, USA (conference oral presentation).

Jhu, M.Y. and Liao, G.I. (2011). Microstructure comparison of morphogenesis in two types of cecidomyiid galls induced by single species insects on leaves of Litsea acuminata (Bl.) Kurata (Lauraceae). The Botanical Society of Republic of China (BSROC) national annual meeting and Symposium on Innovative Plant Sciences, Nantou, Taiwan (conference poster).

Jhu, M.Y. and Liao, G.I. (2010). Distribution and microstructure of two cecidomyiid galls on leaves of Litsea acuminata (Lauraceae) in Taiwan. The Botanical Society of Republic of China (BSROC) national annual meeting and Symposium on Innovative Plant Sciences, Nantou, Taiwan (conference poster).

Volunteer Activities

2017

Volunteer, Sixth annual UC Davis Plant Sciences Symposium, University of California, Davis.

2010-2011

Director of Plant Group, the Student Department Fair of Life Sciences (a campus-wide event throughout the academic year culminating in an annual, one-day formal symposium), National Cheng Kung University.

2010

Leader of Carnivorous Plant Group, the Student Department Fair of Life Sciences (a campus-wide event throughout the academic year culminating in an annual, one-day formal symposium), National Cheng Kung University.

2009

Volunteer of Nectariferous Plant Group, the Student Department Fair of Life Sciences (a campus-wide event throughout the academic year culminating in an annual, one-day formal symposium), National Cheng Kung University.

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