Christoph Benning Department of Energy-Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, USA
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Chia-Hong Tsai
  • Department of Energy-Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, USA
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • 1 Author merit


Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, 2009

Current position

Scientist, Metabolic Engineering, Amyris (2015-present)


*Authors contributed equally to this work

  1. Warakanont, J., Tsai, C. H., Michel, E. J., Murphy, G. R., 3rd, Hsueh, P. Y., Roston, R. L., Sears, B. B. and Benning, C. (2015). Chloroplast lipid transfer processes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii involving a TRIGALACTOSYLDIACYLGLYCEROL 2 (TGD2) orthologue. Plant J.
  2. Tsai, C. H., Zienkiewicz, K., Amstutz, C. L., Brink, B. G., Warakanont, J., Roston, R. and Benning, C. (2015). Dynamics of protein and polar lipid recruitment during lipid droplet assembly in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant J 83(4): 650-660.
  3. Tsai, C. H., Warakanont, J., Takeuchi, T., Sears, B. B., Moellering, E. R. and Benning, C. (2014). The protein Compromised Hydrolysis of Triacylglycerols 7 (CHT7) acts as a repressor of cellular quiescence in Chlamydomonas. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(44): 15833-15838.
  4. Tsai, C. H., Singh, P., Chen, C. W., Thomas, J., Weber, J., Mauch-Mani, B. and Zimmerli, L. (2011). Priming for enhanced defence responses by specific inhibition of the Arabidopsis response to coronatine. Plant J 65(3): 469-479.
  5. Panchy, N., Wu, G., Newton, L., Tsai, C. H., Chen, J., Benning, C., Farre, E. M. and Shiu, S. H. (2014). Prevalence, evolution, and cis-regulation of diel transcription in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. G3 (Bethesda) 4(12): 2461-2471.
  6. Singh, P., Yekondi, S., Chen, P. W., Tsai, C. H., Yu, C. W., Wu, K. and Zimmerli, L. (2014). Environmental History Modulates Arabidopsis Pattern-Triggered Immunity in a HISTONE ACETYLTRANSFERASE1-Dependent Manner. Plant Cell 26(6): 2676-2688.
  7. Singh, P., Chien, C. C., Mishra, S., Tsai, C. H. and Zimmerli, L. (2013). The Arabidopsis LECTIN RECEPTOR KINASE-VI.2 is a functional protein kinase and is dispensable for basal resistance to Botrytis cinerea. Plant Signal Behav 8(1): e22611.
  8. Vieler, A.*, Wu, G.*, Tsai, C. H., Bullard, B., Cornish, A. J., Harvey, C., Reca, I. B., Thornburg, C., Achawanantakun, R., Buehl, C. J., Campbell, M. S., Cavalier, D., Childs, K. L., Clark, T. J., Deshpande, R., Erickson, E., Armenia Ferguson, A., Handee, W., Kong, Q., Li, X., Liu, B., Lundback, S., Peng, C., Roston, R. L., Sanjaya, Simpson, J. P., Terbush, A., Warakanont, J., Zauner, S., Farre, E. M., Hegg, E. L., Jiang, N., Kuo, M. H., Lu, Y., Niyogi, K. K., Ohlrogge, J., Osteryoung, K. W., Shachar-Hill, Y., Sears, B. B., Sun, Y., Takahashi, H., Yandell, M., Shiu, S. H. and Benning, C. (2012). Genome, functional gene annotation, and nuclear transformation of the heterokont oleaginous alga Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779. PLoS Genet 8(11): e1003064.
  9. Singh, P., Kuo, Y. C.*, Mishra, S.*, Tsai, C. H.*, Chien, C. C.*, Chen, C. W.*, Desclos-Theveniau, M., Chu, P. W., Schulze, B., Chinchilla, D., Boller, T. and Zimmerli, L. (2012). The lectin receptor kinase-VI.2 is required for priming and positively regulates Arabidopsis pattern-triggered immunity. Plant Cell 24(3): 1256-1270.
  10. Zimmerli, L., Hou, B. H., Tsai, C. H., Jakab, G., Mauch-Mani, B. and Somerville, S. (2008). The xenobiotic beta-aminobutyric acid enhances Arabidopsis thermotolerance. Plant J 53(1): 144-156.
1 Protocol published
Insertional Mutagenesis of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Authors:  Chia-Hong Tsai and Christoph Benning, date: 12/20/2015, view: 6526, Q&A: 0
The unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (C. reinhardtii) has been used as a reference model for numerous fields of research. Principle research areas are eukaryotic flagellar structure and function, basal bodies ...
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