Keting Chen

Graduate Research Assistant
Keting Chen

Research project summary: Explore computational methods to identify metabolites detected by FT-MS; establish the metabolic networking of hydrocarbons on plant surfaces

Hometown: Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Research interests: FT-MS and metabolomics. Likes best about working with the Nikolau group: Very friendly research team, with people from diverse backgrounds. It is a great enjoyment to work with people who are so different from me. Fun fact: I have done simultaneous translation from Chinese into English on several occasions, both private and public; it is one of my hobbies.


Chen K, Arora R. 2014. Understanding the cellular mechanism of recovery from freeze-thaw injury in spinach: possible role of aquaproins, heat-shock proteins, dehydrin, and antioxidant system. Physiologia Plantarum 150(3):374-87. doi: 10.1111/ppl.12090. Epub 2013 Sep 24.

Chen K, Arora R. 2013. Priming-memory invokes seed stress tolerance. Environmental and Experimental Botany 94: 33-45. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2012.03.005. Invited review.

Chen K, Fessehaie,  Arora R. 2013. Aquaporin expression during seed osmopriming and post-priming germination in spinach (spinacia oleracea cv. Bloomsdale), Biologia Plantarum 57: 193-198. doi:10.1007/s10535-012-0266-0

Chen K, Renaut J, Sergeant K, Wei H, Arora R. 2013. Proteomic changes associated with freeze-thaw injury and post-thaw recovery in onion (Allium cepa L.) scales. Plant, Cell and Environment 36: 892-905. doi: 10.1111/pce.12027. Epub 2012 Nov 15. An image developed from this paper has been selected as the cover for the corresponding issue.

Chen K, Wang X, Fessehaie A, Yin Y, Wang X, Arora R. 2013. Is expression of aquaporins (plasma membrane intrinsic proein 2s, PIP2s) associated with thermonasty (leaf-curling) in Rhododendron? Journal of Plant Physiology 170: 1447-1454. doi: 10.1016/j.jplph.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Jul 11.

Chen K, Fessehaie A, Arora R. 2012. Dehydrin metabolism is altered during seed osmopriming and subsequent germination under chilling and desiccation in Spinacia oleracea L. cv. Bloomsdale: Possible role in stress tolerance. Plant Science 183: 27-36. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2011.11.002. Epub 2011 Nov 6.

Chen K, Fessehaie A, Arora R 2012. Selection of reference genes for normalizing gene expression during seed priming and germination using qPCR in Zea mays and Spinacia oleracea. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 30: 478-487. doi:10.1007/s11105-011-0354-x

Fernandez M, Áquila SV, Arora R, Chen K. 2012. Isolation and characterization of three cold acclimation-responsive dehydrin genes from Eucalyptus globules. Tree Genetics & Genomes 8: 149-162. doi:10.1007/s11295-011-0429-8

Chen K, Arora R. 2011. Dynamics of the antioxidant system during seed osmopriming, post-priming germination, and seedling establishment in Spinach (Spinacia oleracea). Plant Science 180: 212-220. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2010.08.007. Epub 2010 Aug 21.

Chen K, Arora R. Arora U. 2010. Osmopriming of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L. cv. Bloomsdale) seeds and germination performance under temperature and water stress. Seed Science and Technology 38: 36-48. doi: 10.15258/sst.2010.38.1.04

Area of Expertise: 
Computational Biology
Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
B.S., Biotechnology, Shandong Agriculture University, Taian, Shandong, China
Ph.D., Horticulture, Iowa State University
4130D Biorenewables Laboratory