Dong Lab

Dong Lab

General Information

Welcome to the Dong Lab website. We are part of the Biology Department at Duke University. We are located on the West campus on Science Drive in the newly constructed French Family Science Center.


Dr. Dong is featured in "Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection," by S.E. Gould on the Scientific American online blog. Scientific American blog

Xiao-yu Zheng, current graduate student, and Natalie Weaver Spivey, former graduate student, have published "Coronatine Promotes Pseudomonas syringae Virulence in Plants by Activating a Signaling Cascade that Inhibits Salicylic Scid Accumulation," Cell Host & Microbe , vol. 11 (2012), pp. 587-596 pdf

  • Duke TODAY publishes, "Bacterium Signals Plant to Open Up and Let Friends In" in the June 13, 2012 edition featuring the publication. Read the article here.

Zheng-Qing Fu, Shunping Yan, and Abdelaty Saleh, current post-doctoral fellows, have published "NPR3 and NPR4 are receptors for the immune signal salicylic acid in plants", Nature, pdf

  • Research News & Views, written by Andrea A. Gust and Thorsten Nurnberger, in Nature, vol. 486 (14 June, 2012), pp. 198 - 199, features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.

  • Editor's Choice, written by John F. Foley, in Science Signaling, vol. 5, Issue 229 (19 June, 2012), pp. 170, features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.

  • Research Highlight, written by Magali Moreau, Miaoying Tian, and Daniel F. Klessig, in Cell Research, (26 June, 2012), features the NPR3 & NPR4 article. Read the highlight here.

Karolina Mukhtar, former post-doctoral fellow, has published "The HSF-like transcription factor TBF1 is a major molecular switch for plant growth-to-defense transition, Current Biology, vol. 22 no. 2 (January, 2012), pp. 103 - 112 pdf

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research News publishes, "Call to Arms" in the January 12, 2012 edition featuring the work of Dr. Dong. Read the article here.

  • Research Highlights in Nature Immunology, vol. 13 no. 4 (April, 2012), pp. 315, features the TBF1 paper. Read the highlight here.

Wei Wang, current graduate student, and Jinyoung Barnaby, former graduate student, of the the Dong lab, have published "Timing of plant immune responses by a central circadian regulator" in the February 3, 2011 edition of Nature, vol. 470 (2011), pp. 110-114. pdf

  • Cristina Luiggi writes, "Preparing for infection" in the February 2, 2011 edition of the TheScientist. Read the article here.

  • C. Robertson McClung writes, "Defence at dawn" in the February 3, 2011 edition of Nature. Read the article here.

  • Karl Leif Bates writes, "Immune Defense Revs for Morning Attack" in the February 3, 2011 edition of the Duke News. Read News & Views here.

  • Von Michael Lange writes, "Immunabwehr der Pflanzen ist an eine innere Uhr gekoppelt" in the February 4, 2011 edition of (Translation: "Immune defense of the plants is linked to an internal clock") Read the article here.

  • Sindya N. Bhanoo writes, "To Defend Against Disease, a Plant Checks the Clock" in the February 8, 2011 edition of the New York Times. Read the article here.

Arabidopsis thalina

Arabidopsis thalina, is also known as mouse-ear cress or thale cress. It is a flowering plant with a short life cycle. The small size and portablility of the fully mature plant makes it a perfect candidate for many research projects. For more in depth information regarding this plant, click here