Xinyi Huang

Xinyi Huang

MSc student


Investigating the salt stress response of willow (Salix) genotypes

Research Interests

When subjected to saline soil, stress-induced responses will be activated at different levels within individual plants. In my graduate project I’m interested in how soil salinity affects the concentration of metabolites, especially osmolytes and antioxidants, in different willow genotypes. Most of these metabolites can be detected using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In addition, I plan to concurrently make use of transcriptional data, derived from mRNA sequencing, to parallel the metabolite evaluation.


BSc – Seed Science and Engineering, China Agricultural University (2014)


Tao Y, Liu Q, Wang H, Zhang Y, Huang X*, Wang B, Lai J, Ye J, Liu B and Xu M. (2013). Identification and fine-mapping of a QTL, qMrdd1, that confers recessive resistance to maize rough dwarf disease.  BMC Plant Biology, 13(1), 145. doi:10.1186/1471-2229-13-145.

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

  • China Scholarship Council – UBC Doctoral scholarship (2014-present)
  • Donald S McPhee Fellowship, UBC (2015)