Bo Li

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow​



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Bo Li received his BSc. in Biology and MSc. in Plant Science from Lanzhou University, China in 2006 and 2009 respectively. He was awarded a Ph.D scholarship by China Scholarship Council in 2009 to study plant salinity tolerance with Prof. Mark Tester in the University of Adelaide, Australia. After his Ph.D, he spent two years in China exploring the business world. He came to KAUST in 2015 to continue working with Prof. Tester as a postdoctoral fellow.

Research Interests

Bo Li is interested in how plants can adapt to abiotic stresses such as salinity, drought and low temperature. Previously in his Ph.D, he functionally characterized genes involved in anion (Cl-, NO3-) transport in response to salt stress in Arabidopsis. He will be using tools of bioinformatics to discovery genetic features associated with plant salinity tolerance.

Selected Publications

  • Bo Li, Caitlin Byrt, Jiaen Qiu, Ute Baumann, Maria Hrmova, Aurelie Evrard, Alexander A.T Johnson, Kenneth D Birnbaum, Gwenda M Mayo, Deepa Jha, Sam W Henderson, Mark Tester*, Mathew Gilliham* and Stuart J Roy. NAXT5 facilitates chloride loading of the xylem in Arabidopsis (Submitted to Plant Physiology).


  • 2013 PhD, Plant Molecular Biology, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2009 MSc., Plant Science, Lanzhou University, China
  • 2006 BSc., Biology, Lanzhou University, China

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Anion Transport Plant molecular biology