Texas A&M University Department of Biology
  • B.S., 1996, Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • M.S., 1999, Chemical Engineering (Biochemical Engineering), Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Ph.D., 2003, Plant Biology (Fungal Genetics and Biology), University of Georgia, USA
  • Postdoctoral research, 2007, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (Medical Mycology), Duke University Medical Center, USA

Joined the Department of Biology in 2008
Joint Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Texas A&M Health Science Center
BWF Investigator in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Member of Faculty of 1000


  1. ICAAC Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), 2009
  2. Teaching Excellence Award (SLATE), TAMU, 2009
  3. Eukaryotic Cell Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), 2009
  4. Teaching Excellence Award (SRATE), TAMU, 2011
  5. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, 2013

Lin Lab Website

Xiaorong Lin

Xiaorong Lin
Associate Professor

3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3258

Biological Sciences Building West
Room 435D

Biological Sciences Building West
Room 435

Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: xlin@bio.tamu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Research in our laboratory focuses on medical mycology:  We study the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis and microbial communication and development.  We investigate novel drugs that have the potential to be used to treat fungal infections and we are interested in characterizing fungal molecules that are promising vaccine candidates.  The long term goal of our research is to seek better approaches for treating fungal diseases and to advance our knowledge of eukaryotic microbiology. Please check Lin Lab webpage for more details.

  1. Lin X*, Chacko N, Wang L, and Pavuluri Y. Generation of stable mutants and targeted gene deletion strains in Cryptococcus neoformans through electroporation. Medical Mycology (in press)
  2. Yang E, Chow W, Wang G, Woo CY, Lau KP, Yuen K, Lin X, and Cai C*. Signature gene expression reveals novel clues to the molecular mechanisms of dimorphic transition in Penicillium marneffei. PLoS Genetics 10(10):e1004662. PMCID: PMC4199489
  3. Wang L*, Tian X, Upadhyay S, Foyle D, Gyawali R, Yang E, Cai J, and Lin X*. (2014) Morphotype transition and sex are genetically associated in a ubiquitous environmental pathogen. PLoS Pathogens10(6):e1004185. PMCID: PMC4047104
    (Featured Research Article by PLoS Pathogens)
  4. Lin X*, Alspaugh JA, Liu H, and Harris S. Fungal Morphogenesis, in Human Fungal Pathogens, edited by Casadevall A, Mitchell AP, Berman J, Kwon-Chung J, Perfect JR, and Heitman J. Cold Spring Harbor (in press).
  5. Upadhyay S, Torres G, and Lin X*. (2013) Laccases involved in DHN melanin biosynthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus are regulated by developmental factors and copper hemostasis. Eukaryotic Cell.  12(12):1641-52. PMCID: PMC388956
  6. Tian X and Lin X*. (2013) Matricellular protein Cfl1 regulates microbial differentiation. Communicative & Integrative Biology.  6:e26444. PMCID: PMC3926872
  7. Huang J, Foyle D, Lin X, and Yang J. (2013) Total synthesis and biological evaluation of an antifungal tricyclic o-hydroxy-p-quinone methide diterpenoid. The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 78(18):9166-73. PMCID: PMC3843042
  8. Chacko N and Lin X*. (2013) Non coding RNAs in the development and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes.  Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.  97(18):7989-97. PMCID: PMC3791853
  9. Wang L, Tian X, Gyawali R, and Lin X*.  (2013) An adhesin guides community behaviors and autoinduction in fungi in a paracrinal manner. PNAS    110(28):11571-6. (Recommended by Faculty of 1000)
  10. Zhai B, Zhu P, Foyle D, Upadhyay S, Idnurm A*, and Lin X*. (2013) Congenic strains of the filamentous form of Cryptococcus neoformans for studies of fungal morphogenesis and virulence. Infection and Immunity 81(7): 2626-2637

(* corresponding author)
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