Welcome to The He Lab!

Our research focuses on the molecular biology of host-microbe interactions, microbial pathogenesis, and hormone signaling in disease.


He Lab recognized among highly cited researchers of 2021

See the list of highly cited researchers here.

Tim Arapov departs the lab for San Francisco startup

Tim joined the lab in October 2020 and has made several important contributions to microbiome and pathogenesis related projects in the lab. On top of being a brilliant scientist, Tim has been a wonderful colleague and lab citizen. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavor!

Hannah McMillan joins the lab

Hannah's graduate work at Duke focused on the roles bacterial outer membrane vesicles play in plant systems. She found that these nanoscale proteoliposomes elicit immune responses in plants that can protect against future pathogen challenge. In the He lab, Hannah is looking forward to uncovering how temperature impacts the plant microbiome structure and function.

Comzit Opachaloemphan joins the lab

During his graduate studies at NYU, Comzit worked with social insects and used the Indian jumping ant as a model of study. Division of labor is crucial and stable in social insect communities; however, in jumping ants, caste switching can occur in a queenless colony. His research provided insight into the mechanisms underlying these unusual changes in ant behavior and longevity. He will be making a transition from the animal to the plant kingdom to figure out how humidity influences plant growth and disease susceptibility.

Richard Hilleary receives NIFA postdoctoral fellowship from USDA

Learn more about Rich's fellowship here!

The He Lab Moves to Duke University

Duke University welcomes the He Lab - read more here!