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My main research interest is understanding how plants adjust their root growth and development to adapt to the ever-changing soil environments. Lateral roots are major components of the plant root system. Root system architecture (RSA) and lateral root development are highly responsive to salt concentrations in soil. Yet, the molecular mechanisms underlying salinity-induced changes in RSA as well as lateral root development are largely unknown. Currently, my research focus is to understand lateral root development mechanisms in salt by investigating the salt-induced gene regulatory networks and identifying novel components mediating root branching.