Hi there, I am Peijie Chen, and I have started my PhD project in September 2020 in Fungal Genomics Group. I have been curious about winemaking since I was a child, and the mechanism behind this is even more fascinating. From genes to proteins (enzymes), simple ATCG permutations and combinations create unlimited possibilities. This also gives us the possibility of manipulating genes to obtain ideal microorganisms. I am now working on genetic engineering of Aureobasidium spp. and Trichoderma spp. for better CAZyme production so that we can achieve high utilization of massive plant biomass and better renewable resources production.
Here are my recent publications:
Jiang, G., Chen, P., Bao, Y., Wang, X., Yang, T., Mei, X., Banerjee, S., Wei, Z., Xu, Y., Shen, Q. 2021. Isolation of a novel psychrotrophic fungus for efficient low-temperature composting. Bioresource Technology. 331: 0960-8524.
Chen, P, Pang, G, Cai, F, Druzhinina, I. S. 2021. Strain Improvement and Genetic Engineering of Trichoderma for Industrial Applications. Zaragoza O., and Casadevall A., eds. Encyclopedia of Mycology, Elsevier pp 505-517.
Cai, F., Zhao, Z., Gao, R., Chen, P., Ding, M., Jiang, S, Fu, Z., Xu, P., Chenthamara, K., Akcapinar, G. B., Shen, Q., Druzhinina, I. S. 2021. The pleiotropic functions of intracellular hydrophobins in aerial hyphae and fungal spores. Plos Genetics. 17.11 (2021): e1009924.
Zhao, Z., Cai, F., Gao, R., Ding, M., Jiang, S., Chen, P., Pang, G., Chenthamara, K., Shen, Q., Akcapinar, G. B., Druzhinina, I. S. 2021. At least three families of hyphosphere small secreted cysteine-rich proteins can optimize surface properties to a moderately hydrophilic state suitable for fungal attachment. Environmental Microbiology. 1462-2920.