Faculty & Staff

Shien Lu

Discipline: Plant Pathology

Specialty: Plant Bacteriology
Email: sl332@msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-3511
Fax: (662) 325-8955
Office Location: Dorman Hall, Room 211

Mailing Address
Box 9655
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address
32 Creelman St
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D., Washington State University
  • M.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China
  • B.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China

Courses Taught

  • EPP 4113/6113 - Principles of Plant Pathology
  • EPP 4163/6163 - Plant Disease Management
  • EPP 8133 - Plant Bacteriology

Research Interests

  • Bacterial genetics
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Antagonistic bacteria
  • Biologically-based management of plant diseases

Recent Publications

  • Li, Y., G.W. Lawrence, S. Lu, C. Balbalian, V.P. Klink. 2014. Quantitative field testing Heterodera gylcines from metagenomic DNA samples isolated directly from soil under agronomic production. PLOS ONE 9(2):e0089887. Download
  • Chen, K.C., A. Ravichandran, A. Geurrero, P. Deng, S.M. Baird, L. Smith, S. Lu. 2013. The burkholderia contaminans MS14 ocfC gene encodes a xylosyltransferase for production of the antifungal occidiofungin. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(9):2899-2905. Download
  • Ellis, D., A. Ravichandran, G. Jiten, S. Lu, D. Gordon, L. Smith. 2013. The antifungal occidiofungin triggers an apoptotic mechanism of cell death in yeast. Journal of Natural Products, 76:829-838. Download
  • Li, S., X. Jin, J. Chen, S. Lu. 2013. Inhibitory activities of venom alkaloids from the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, against the growth of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis in vitro and the application of piperidine alkaloids to control bacterial canker of tomato in the greehouse. Pest Management Science. Download
  • Ravichandran, A., G. Gu, J. Escano, S. Lu, L. Smith. 2013. The presence of two cyclase thioesterases expands the conformational freedom of the cyclic peptide occidiofungin. Journal of Natural Products, 76:150-156. Download