Profile – Christian Staehelin

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Christian Staehelin

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Christian Staehelin is a distinguished professor and Ph.D. supervisor at the School of Life Sciences (State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol) of Sun Yat-sen University. In 2005, he was appointed as a professor of molecular plant biology by the Sun Yat-sen University(100-Talent Program). Staehelin is a leading scholar in the field of the molecular interaction between nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and legumes (nodule symbiosis). After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 1993, Staehelin performed research work at the National Center for Scientific Research in Gif-sur-Yvette (Paris, France) and later at the University of Geneva(Switzerland). To date, Staehelin has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed international journals (including two papers in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA as first author). Current research activities of Staehelin’s laboratory are focused on the molecular functions of rhizobial type III effectors, rhizobial nodulation signals (Nod factors), rhizobial extracellular oligosaccharides, symbiotic receptors in host plants and symbiosis-related glycoside hydrolases of legumes. Staehelin’s laboratory has recently published articles in prestigious journals such as PLoS Pathog., Plant J. andPlant Physiol

Research Areas:

  • Rhizobium-legume symbiosis

Current N-related Projects:

  • Rhizobium-legume symbiosis: Rhizobial effectors, nodulation signalling