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Xinru Wang



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Research interests

My long-term goal is to have a better understanding of the interactions between Rickettsia and their tick vectors. I am particular interested in the function of vector’s programmed cell death (autophagy, and apoptosis) in modulating Rickettsia infection, replication, and transmission.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota, Entomology
516 Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul MN, 55108

Certifications and Licenses

'Scientists teaching Science' online course (University of Minnesota Medical School)

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        Postdoc Research Associate., Entomology (9/7/18-present)                                                       University of Minnesota, Twin cities, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A

        Postdoc Fellow., Entomology (9/1/16-7/1/18)                                                                            Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


         Technical Support Specialist (9/12-9/13)                                                                                   Youyuan Biotechlogy Company, China


Professional Information

  • Peer reviewer for Bulletin of Entomological Research, plos one.
  • Co-reviewer for Nature Reviews Microbiology.


Wang LL*, Wang XR*, Wei XM, Huang H, Wu JX, Chen XX, Liu SS, Wang XW. The autophagy pathway participates in resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection in whiteflies. Autophagy. 2016 (* equal contribution).

Xia WQ, Wang XR, Liang Y, Liu SS, Wang XW. Transcriptome analyses suggest a novel hypothesis for whitefly adaptation to tobacco. Scientific reports. 2017.

Zhu DT, Wang XR, Ban FX, Zou C, Liu SS, Wang XW. Methods for the extraction of endosymbionts from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. JoVE. 2017.

Wang XR, Wang C, Wang XW, Qian LX, Chi Y, Liu SS, Liu YQ, Wang XW. The functions of caspase in whitefly Bemisia tabaci apoptosis in response to ultraviolet irradiation. Insect molecular biology. 2018.

Pan LL, Chen QF, Guo T, Wang XR, Li P, Wang XW, Liu SS. Differential efficiency of a begomovirus to cross the midgut of different species of whiteflies results in variation of virus transmission by the vectors. Science China Life Sciences. 2018.

Wang XR, Wang C, Ban FX, Zhu DT, Liu SS, Wang XW. Genome‐wide identification and characterization of HSP gene superfamily in whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) and expression profiling analysis under temperature stress. Insect Science. 2019.

Wang XR, Wang C, Ban FX, Ghanim M, Pan LL, Qian LX, Liu YQ, Wang XW, Liu SS. Apoptosis in a whitefly vector activated by a begomovirus enhances viral transmission. Msystems. 2020.

Nelson CM, Herron MJ, Wang XR, Baldridge GD, Oliver JD, Munderloh UG. Global transcription profiles of Anaplasma phagocytophilum at key stages of infection in tick and human cell lines and granulocytes. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 2020.

Wang XR*, Kurtti TJ, Oliver JD, Munderloh UG. The identification of tick autophagy-related genes in Ixodes scapularis responding to amino acid starvation. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 2020 (* Correspondence).

Wang XR, WC, SY, Wang XW, Liu SS, Liu YQ. Effects of heat stress on virus transmission and virus-mediated apoptosis in whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Insect Science. 2021. Under review.

Wang XR*, Burkhardta NY, Kurtti TJ, Oliver JD, Price LD, Cull Benjamin, Thorpe CJ, Thiela MS, Munderloh UG. Mitochondria-dependent apoptosis is essential for Rickettsia parkeri infection and replication in vector cells. Msystems. 2021. Minor revision (* Correspondence).

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Sep 2013Sep 2016

MS, Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan, China

Sep 2009Sep 2012

BS, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China

Sep 2005Sep 2009

Research Interest Keywords

  • Microbiology
  • Rickettsia
  • vector-pathogens interactions


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