Dr. Xiaolan Rao obtained her Ph.D. in developmental biology from Wuhan University in China in 2011. In 2012, she joined Dr. Dixon's lab as a postdoc in the Plant Biology Division at Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK. From 2013 to 2016, she continued her post-doctoral research in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Rao works on bioinformatics, including application and development of next-generation sequencing pipelines for gene discovery in natural product biosynthesis, and integration and incorporation of large-scale molecular data sets to explore gene regulatory network in plants.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
- Bioinformatics on data analysis for of next generation sequencing
MOST SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS:
1.Yang, H., Barros-Rios, J., Kourteva, G., Rao, X., Chen, F., Shen, H., Liu, C., Podstolski, A., Belanger, F., Havkin-Frenkel, D. and Dixon, R.A. (2017). A re-evaluation of the final step of vanillin biosynthesis in the orchid Vanilla planifolia. Phytochemistry 139, 33-46
2.Rao, X., and Dixon, R.A. (2016). The Differences between NAD-ME and NADP-ME Subtypes of C4 Photosynthesis: More than Decarboxylating Enzymes. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, 1525.
3.Rao, X., Lu, N., Li, G., Nakashima, J., Tang, Y. and Dixon, R.A. (2016). Comparative cell-specific transcriptomics reveals differentiation of C4 photosynthesis pathways in switchgrass and other C4 lineages. Journal of Experimental Botany 67, 1649-1662.
4.Chen, X., Ma, Q., Rao, X., Tang, Y., Wang, Y., Li, G., Zhang, C., Mao, Z., Dixon, R.A. and Xu, Y. (2015). Genome-scale identification of cell-wall related genes in switchgrass through comparative genomics and computational analyses of transcriptomic data. BioEnergy Research 9, 172-180.
5.Rao, X., Krom, N., Tang, Y., Widiez, T., Havkin-Frenkel, D., Belanger, F.C., Dixon, R.A. and Chen, F. (2014). A deep transcriptomic analysis of pod development in the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia). BMC Genomics 15, 964.