LI Ruixi
Assistant Professor

Dr. Li Ruixi got her Ph.D degree in Peking University. She is the Assistant Professor in the South University of Science and Technology. Dr. Li is mainly engaged in studying the molecular mechanism of plant cell biology and endomembrane trafficking. Her research focuses on studying how plant cells adjust endomembrane trafficking in response to hormone activation and developmental signal as well as the molecular mechanism to establish and maintain the polarity of membrane proteins. Dr. Li’s research results have been published on PLOS Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Plant Signal & Behavior and other international journals.

Research Interests:
◆Identify key regulators of plant cell endomembrane trafficking through chemical genomic approach.
◆Explore the molecular machinery which selectively maintains the basal and apical polarity of plasma membrane proteins.
◆Investigate the function of the RabA GTPases in the regulation of endomembrane recycling.
◆Screen for compounds which promote root hair growth.

Professional Experience:
◆ 2011 to 2016, postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences in University of California, Riverside.

Educational Background:
◆ 2005 to 2011, Peking University, Ph.D.
◆ 2001 to 2005, China Agricultural University, Bachelor degree.

Honors & Awards:
◆ The CEPCEB Award for Best Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012
◆ The Second Class of National Academic Forum for Young Scholars, 2010
◆ The First Class of National Scholarship 2002, 2003, 2004
◆ DuPont Scholarship, 2003

Selected Publication:
◆ Li R*, Van de Ven W, Raikhel N and Hicks G. (2016) An ARF-GEF independent pathway recycles non-basal plasma membrane proteins. Revision to Plant Cell.
◆ Li R*, Sun R, Hicks G, and Raikhel N (2015) Arabidopsis ribosomal protein control vacuole trafficking and developmental programs through the regulation of lipid metabolism. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112: 89-98.
◆ Li J*, Li R*, Jiang Z, and Qu LJ. (2015) ADP1 affects abundance and endocytosis of PINFORMED proteins in Arabidopsis. Plant Signal and Behavior, 10 (1): e 973811.
◆ Zhao H, Lu S, Li R, Chen T, Zhang H, Cui P, Ding F, Liu P, Wang G, Xia J, Running MP, and Xiong L. (2015) The Arabidopsis DIG6 gene encodes a large 60S subunit nuclear export GTPase 1 that is involved in ribosome biogenesis and affects multiple auxin-regulated development processes. J Exp Bot, 66:6863-75.
◆ Li R∗, Li J∗, Li S, Qin G, Novk O, Penck A, Ljung K, Aoyama T, Liu J, Murphy A, Gu H, Tsuge T, and Qu LJ. (2014) ADP1 affects plant architecture through regulating local auxin biosynthesis, PLoS Genet. 10(1): e1003954.
◆ Rosado A∗, Li R∗, Van de Ven W, Hsu E, and Raikhel NV. (2012) Arabidopsis ribosomal proteins control developmental programs through translational regulation of auxin response factors. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109(48): 19537-19544.
◆ Li R∗, Raikhel N, and Hicks G. (2012) Chemical effectors of plant endocytosis and endomembrane trafficking. Endocytosis in Plants, 37-61. Springer Express.