Wenxuan (Wendy) Chai

Technical Assistant


Email: wchai@clemson.edu
Office: 864 656 5742

Department:
Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences

Location:
B02 Long Hall, Clemson University, Clemson SC 29634

Education:
MS Biology, Georgia State University (GSU, Atlanta, GA )
B.Med. Clinical Medicine, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, China

Research interest:
1)Detection and identification of Botrytis species: Fungi of the genus Botrytis Persoon are important pathogens of many agronomically important crops. It includes 22 species and one hybrid species that cause blossom blights and fruit rots in the field and in stored products. Traditional identification of Botrytis spp. relies on isolation followed by morphological examination. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -based methods and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) are applied for sensitive and rapid detection of Botrytis species from blackberry and strawberry in South Carolina. 2)Management of peach brown rot: It has been found that the effectiveness of the demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicide on the Monilinia fructicola, an ascomycete fungus leading to the peach brown rot in the Southeastern, has been significantly reduced. By investigating the application of other alternative fungicides including the Qol fungicide, we have been evaluating the sensitivity of various fungicides to M. fructicola and the method to quickly detect the fungicides sensitivity. 3)Cell culture in cell printing/encapsulation and nerve regeneration: to study the fabrication process-induced cell damage in terms of cell viability and cell phenotype variation; and to understand the surface morphology and property on the neurite outgrowth process.

Publications:
Herran, C.L., Xu, C., Coutris, N., Huang, Y., and Chai, W., 2011, Drop-on-Demand-Based Fabrication of Alginate Microspheres, ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC2011), Corvallis, OR, USA, MSEC2011-50313.

Herran, C.L., Xu, C., Coutris, N., Huang, Y., and Chai, W., 2011, Drop-on-Demand-Based Fabrication of Alginate Microspheres, ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC2011), Corvallis, OR, USA, MSEC2011-50313.

Amiri, A., Chai, W., Schnabel, G., 2009, Ecophysiological determinants of three important peach pathogens: Monilinia fructicola, Rhizopus stolonifer, and Gilbertella percicaria, APS, Portland, OR.

Herran, C.L., Chai, W., Lin, Y., and Huang, Y., 2010, Fabrication of Sodium Alginate Microspheres Using Drop-on-Demand Jetting, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Micromanufacturing (ICOMM/ 4M 2010), Madison, WI, No. 78, pp. 465-470.

Schnabel, G., Chai, W., and Cox, K. D. 2005, Identifying and Characterizing Summer Diseases on 'Babygold' Peach in South Carolina, Plant Health Progress, 10.1094/php-2006-0301-01-RS.

Chen,Y., Wang, H., Yang, H., Chai, W., Tai, P., Sui, S.,2003, Ring-like Pore Structures of SecA: Implication for Bacterial Protein-Conducting Channels, 103rd ASM general meeting, Washington.