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ASPB welcomes conference correspondents for Plant Biology 2023

Sponsored by Aralab, five plant biologists will be reporting onsite

Meeting Announcement

American Society of Plant Biologists

Xiaohui Li

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New to Plant Biology 2023 and made possible by Aralab, ASPB will be welcoming five Conference Correspondents, an impressive group of plant biologists who will be onsite at the conference keeping the global plant science community updated on the most exciting science and events happening throughout the week. Attendees and those from around the world can read summaries from the Conference Correspondents via a daily conference email that will be sent out. Be sure to subscribe to ASPB’s weekly newsletter, The Signal, to get on the mailing list! 

Meet the ASPB #PlantBio2023 Conference Correspondents

Xiaohui Li is a PhD candidate in the Staiger-Zhang lab at Purdue University and a 2023 ASPB Plantae Fellow. He is a cell biologist who also does some coding. Currently, Xiaohui is studying the mechanism and regulation of the exocytosis process in plant cells, using a combination of quantitative cell biology, chemical genetics and computational biology approaches. Beyond that, he has broad interests in plant biology, including cell dynamics, evolution, and host-microbe interactions. You can find him on Twitter at @Xiao_hui_Li.  

Solène Moulin is a postdoctoral researcher in the Yeh lab at Stanford University and an assistant features editor at the Plant Cell. Her research focuses on the stable endosymbiosis of a nitrogen-fixer in Epithemia diatoms. She studies this endosymbiosis as a model for a nitrogen-fixing organelle and pushes acquired knowledge to create a synthetic nitrogen-fixing organelle in plants. She completed her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Atomic and Alternative Energy Center (CEA) in France, focusing on hydrocarbon production in microalgae for biofuel production. She earned her master’s in plant biology at Paris-Sud University, France, and her bachelor’s at the ENS Ulm, France, where she majored in cellular and molecular biology. You can find her on Twitter at @SolN_Moulin.

Idowu Arinola Obisesan is a university lecturer at Bowen University Iwo, Nigeria. Her research focuses on abiotic and biotic stresses on crops and legume sustainability. She completed her PhD in plant physiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is passionate about science communication. You can find her on Twitter at @IdowuAobisesan

Kaushik Panda is a Research Scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Slowly moving away from the bench, he has grown as a bioinformatics scientist and uses next generation sequencing data to solve genetic mysteries. Recently, he published as the lead author of a study that uncovered mechanisms controlling the heritability of plants’ growth response to elevated CO2 environment.

He obtained his PhD in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio uncovering multiple mechanisms that silence the mobile genetic units Transposable Elements (TEs). Prior to this, Kaushik earned his Integrated MS in biology from Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata, India. Besides science, he is passionate about traveling exploring different cultural and culinary experiences. Kaushik also loves playing and following the wonderful game of squash. You can find him on Twitter at @KaushikPanda1.

Charlay Wood is currently in the final year of her PhD program at the University of York, UK, diving deep into the fascinating world of enzyme discovery in plant specialized metabolism. She is on a mission to unlock the secrets hidden within the intricate biochemical pathways of plants.

Her passion doesn’t stop at the lab bench. She absolutely loves sharing the wonders of science with the public and making it accessible to everyone. Whether it’s through engaging talks, writing articles, or getting involved in science events, Charlay is all about breaking down complex concepts into bite-sized chunks that leave people inspired for more.

When Charlay is not doing science-y things, you can find her either on the dance floor, lost in the magic of the Argentine tango, or playing football [I should say “soccer” while in the USA, right?]! You can find her on Twitter at @charlaywood.


Learn more about Plant Biology 2023.



ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, MD, that is devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of some 3,000 plant scientists from throughout the United States and around the world, the Society publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, and co-publishes the Open Access journal Plant Direct. ASPB also hosts the annual Plant Biology conference; supports plant science outreach, engagement, and advocacy; and powers the Plantae digital ecosystem for plant scientists. For more information about ASPB, please visit Also follow ASPB on Facebook at, on Twitter @ASPB, and on LinkedIn at

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