Associate Professor/Principal Investigator

Department of Plant Science


OfficeRoom 431, Building B



>>Research Interests

  1. Epigenetic regulation of plant immunity
  2. Trans-species movement of molecules between plant and microbe
  3. Impacts of environmental changes to plant-microbe interaction

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Associate Professor

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Assistant Project Scientist

UC Riverside, California, US


Postdoctoral Researcher

UC Riverside, California, US






Ph.D.  2014. Biotechnology, Peking University, Beijing, China

B.S.  2007. Biotechnology, Heilongjiang University, Harbin, China


>>Publications (* First author, # Corresponding author)

  1. Kong, X. *, Yang, M. *, Le, B., He, W., Hou, Y. # (2022). The master role of siRNAs in plant immunity. Molecular Plant Pathology DOI: 10.1111/mpp.13250. (BSPP Highlight)
  2. Qiao, Y., Xia, R., Zhai, J., Hou, Y., Feng, L., Zhai, Y., and Ma, W.# (2021). Small RNAs in Plant Immunity and Virulence of Filamentous Pathogens. Annu Rev Phytopathol 59, 265-288
  3. Hou, Y.*#, and Ma, W.# (2020). Natural Host-Induced Gene Silencing Offers New Opportunities to Engineer Disease Resistance. Trends in microbiology 28, 109-117.
  4. Hudzik, C.*, Hou, Y.*, Ma, W., and Axtell, M.J.# (2020). Exchange of small regulatory RNAs between plants and their pests. Plant physiology 182, 51-62.
  5. Hou, Y.*, Zhai, Y.*, Feng, L., Karimi, H.Z., Rutter, B.D., Zeng, L., Choi, D.S., Zhang, B., Gu, W., Chen, X., and Ma, W.# (2019). A Phytophthora effector suppresses trans-kingdom RNAi to promote disease susceptibility. Cell host & microbe 25, 153-165. (Cover story) (“Best of 2019” in Cell host & microbe).
  6. Cai, Q., Liang, C., Wang, S., Hou, Y., Gao, L., Liu, L., He, W., Ma, W., Mo, B., and Chen, X.# (2018). The disease resistance protein SNC1 represses the biogenesis of microRNAs and phased siRNAs. Nature communications 9, 1-14.
  7. Hou, Y.*, and Ma, W.# (2017). Small RNA and mRNA Profiling of Arabidopsis in Response to Phytophthora Infection and PAMP Treatment. Methods Mol Biol 1578, 273-283.
  8. Hou, Y.*, Guo, X.*, Cyprys, P., Zhang, Y., Bleckmann, A., Cai, L., Huang, Q., Luo, Y., Gu, H., Dresselhaus, T., Dong, J., and Qu, L.J.# (2016). Maternal ENODLs Are Required for Pollen Tube Reception in Arabidopsis. Current Biology 26, 2343-2350.
  9. Qiao, Y., Shi, J., Zhai, Y., Hou, Y., and Ma, W.# (2015). Phytophthora effector targets a novel component of small RNA pathway in plants to promote infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112, 5850-5855.
  10. Wang, Y., Hou, Y., Gu, H., Kang, D., Chen, Z.L., Liu, J.#, and Qu, L.J. (2013). The Arabidopsis Anaphase-Promoting Complex/Cyclosome Subunit 1 is Critical for Both Female Gametogenesis and Embryogenesis. J Integr Plant Biol 55, 64-74.
  11. Liu, J., Zhong, S., Guo, X., Hao, L., Wei, X., Huang, Q., Hou, Y., Shi, J., Wang, C., Gu, H. and Qu, L.J.# (2013). Membrane-bound RLCKs LIP1 and LIP2 are essential male factors controlling male-female attraction in Arabidopsis. Current Biology 23, 993-998.
  12. Liu, J., Hou, Y., Qu, L.J.# (2013). Molecular Mechanisms behind the Male-Female Interaction in Fertilization in Higher Plants. SCIENTIA SINICA Vitae 43, 842-853.
  13. Wang, Y., Hou, Y., Gu, H., Kang, D., Chen, Z., Liu, J.#, and Qu, L.J. (2012). The Arabidopsis APC4 subunit of the anaphase‐promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) is critical for both female gametogenesis and embryogenesis. The Plant Journal 69, 227-240.

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