Science for Life conference 2018

Sheng-Yang He

Prof. Sheng-Yang He

University Distinguished Prof, HHMI Investigator, MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab, Michigan State University

Sheng-Yang He is a University Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State University (MSU) and a faculty member at the MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory in East Lansing, USA. For his eminent contributions to the field of plant immunity, he was elected to become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).  He also served as the President of the International Society of Plant-Microbe Interactions.

Sheng-Yang He is studying bacterial pathogenesis and disease susceptibility in plants, with a focus on understanding how bacterial Pseudomonas pathogens manipulate host cellular and physiological functions of the host in order to cause disease. Currently, his research is moving from the bilateral host-pathogen interaction point of view to more holistic and multi-dimensional approaches, with his main goals being to understand how changing environmental conditions can affect disease outbreaks and outcomes and the role of the microbiome in the interaction of plants with pathogens. To support his research, Sheng-Yang He received numerous prestigious grants, e.g. from the  Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Energy.