Xiangrong Chen

xianrongchen-jpgPhD Student

 Xiangrong Chen is a PhD student with the research topic: “Cross talk of fungi and mycotoxins with their plant and human hosts in plant and foodborne diseases”.

In this multifaceted and multidisciplinary research topic, she will be closely guided by three promoters Prof. Andreja Rajkovic (expertise in microbial food safety, host-pathogen interactions, and microbial toxins), Prof. Kris Audenaert (expert in plant fungal diseases) and Prof. Sarah De Saeger (expert in analytical methods for mycotoxin detection).

For her PhD research she has received personal grant from China Scholarship Council.

She received a B.E degree in Food Science and Technology in 2015 from Hebei Normal University of Science & Technology in China  and received a MSc degree in Food Science and Engineering: College of Food Science and Engineering in 2018 from Jilin University in China. Since 2018, she joined Ghent University as a PhD student.

Her PhD research is a multidisciplinary work in domains of food microbiology, food chemistry, food analytical methods, and plant protection. During her MSc research she studied antimicrobial mechanism of natural products and the synergistic interactions of natural products against food-borne pathogenic bacteria(e.g. Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli). She also worked on the bioactivity of natural products, such as their antioxidant activity and antitumor activity.

Until now she has published 8 articles in total and 3 papers are the first author.

  1. Xiangrong Chen (co-first author), Xiaowei Zhang, Rizeng Meng, Ziwen Zhao, Zonghui Liu, Xingchen Zhao, Ce Shi, Na Guo*. Efficacy of a combination of nisin and p-Anisaldehyde against Listeria monocytogenes. Food Control. 2016, 66, 100-106. (http://apps.webofknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=4&SID=F5TFBG6ixO1gnLXZBFv&page=1&doc=6)
  2. Xiangrong Chen, Zuojia Liu , Rizeng Meng , Ce Shi , Na Guo*, Antioxidant and anticancer properties of Licochalcone A from licorice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2017, 198, 331-337. (http://apps.webofknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=4&SID=F5TFBG6ixO1gnLXZBFv&page=1&doc=3)
  3. Xiangrong Chen, Xingchen Zhao, Yanhong Deng, Xiujuan Bu, Haiqing Ye, Na Guo. Antimicrobial potential of myristic acid against Listeria monocytogenes 1 in milk.  The Journal of Antibiotics. 2019, 72, 298-305.( https://www.nature.com/articles/s41429-019-0152-5)


Xiangrong Chen