Tuang Za Khai, born on August 18, 1986, is a writer, author, and researcher among the Zomi people. One of his popular books, "A Hizolo Omlo" (Nothing Is Impossible), published in 2014, was a bestseller in Chin State. He regularly contributes fiction and nonfiction articles to local journals, magazines, and newsletters. Tuang is recognized for his scientific research on plant-microbe interaction, particularly plant-plant pathogen interaction, among the Zomi community.[1][2][3]

Tuang Za Khai
BornAugust 18, 1986
Pakzaang, Tedim Township, Chin State
NationalityZomi/Chin
CitizenshipMyanmar
EducationDPhil
Alma materCentral China Normal University
Known forResearcher
SpouseCing Sen Zen
Children2
AwardsChinese Government Scholarship, The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust
Scientific career
FieldsBotany (Plant -Plant Pathogen Interaction)

Education and Career

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Tuang began his education in Primary School, Pakzaang, Tedim Township, and later attended Private High School, Mualbeem, Tedim Township. He completed high school in Tedim (Lawibual) in 2003, achieving excellent grades and receiving several prizes and awards. He pursued a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany at Kalay University, graduating in 2008. In 2010, he earned a Master of Science (Credit) in Plant Science. Tuang actively participated in university activities, including the University Christian Fellowship and various cultural celebrations.[4]

He was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship, allowing him to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Functional Genomics at Central China Normal University. He completed his DPhil degree in 2020. Tuang served as a lecturer at Kalay University until his expulsion in May 2021 due to his involvement in the civil disobedient movement and support for democracy.[5]

Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, funded by the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust.[6][7]

Scientific Contributions

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Tuang's research papers were published in reputable journals like Plant, Cell & Environment and Plant Cell Reports, making him the first lecturer in Kalay University's history to achieve this for four consecutive years.[8][9][10]

As a Writer and Author

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Tuang has written over 100 non-fiction articles and authored, co-authored, or edited several books. His notable work, "A Hizolo Omlo," sold thousands of copies in Chin State. He has contributed articles to various publications, addressing topics such as the origin of Covid-19, environmental concerns, and the significance of studying Botany.[8][11][12]

Personal life

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Tuang, the youngest son of Rev. Thawn Za Nang and Nu Ciang Za Niang, hails from Pakzaang, a small village in Chin State, Myanmar. Raised in a Christian family, he embraced his faith at the age of 14. Married to Cing Sen Zen (Advocate), they have two children, a girl and a boy.[13][14]

References

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  1. ဧရာဝတီ (2021-02-09). "CDM လှုပ်ရှားမှု အရှိန်မြင့်လာ". ဧရာဝတီ. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  2. "Home". Myanmar Now. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  3. Wu, Zhenjiang; Han, Shiming; Zhou, Hedan; Tuang, Za Khai; Wang, Yizhong; Jin, Ye; Shi, Huazhong; Yang, Wannian (September 2019). "Cold stress activates disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana through a salicylic acid dependent pathway". Plant, Cell & Environment. 42 (9): 2645–2663. doi:10.1111/pce.13579. ISSN 0140-7791.
  4. Tuang, Za Khai; Wu, Zhenjiang; Jin, Ye; Wang, Yizhong; Oo, Phyo Phyo Zin; Zuo, Guoxin; Shi, Huazhong; Yang, Wannian (March 2020). "Pst DC3000 infection alleviates subsequent freezing and heat injury to host plants via a salicylic acid‐dependent pathway in Arabidopsis". Plant, Cell & Environment. 43 (3): 801–817. doi:10.1111/pce.13705. ISSN 0140-7791.
  5. "Oil Crop Science | Journal | ScienceDirect.com by Elsevier". www.sciencedirect.com. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  6. Wu, Zhenjiang; Han, Shiming; Zhou, Hedan; Tuang, Za Khai; Wang, Yizhong; Jin, Ye; Shi, Huazhong; Yang, Wannian (September 2019). "Cold stress activates disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana through a salicylic acid dependent pathway". Plant, Cell & Environment. 42 (9): 2645–2663. doi:10.1111/pce.13579. ISSN 1365-3040. PMID 31087367.
  7. Ling, Tial C.; Inta, Angkhana; Armstrong, Kate E.; Little, Damon P.; Tiansawat, Pimonrat; Yang, Yong-Ping; Phokasem, Patcharin; Tuang, Za Khai; Sinpoo, Chainarong; Disayathanoowat, Terd (December 2022). "Traditional Knowledge of Textile Dyeing Plants: A Case Study in the Chin Ethnic Group of Western Myanmar". Diversity. 14 (12): 1065. doi:10.3390/d14121065. ISSN 1424-2818.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: unflagged free DOI (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jin, Ye; Tuang, Za Khai; Wang, Yizhong; Wu, Zhenjiang; Yang, Wannian (2022-02-01). "Potential roles for pattern molecule of PAMP-triggered immunity in improving crop cold tolerance". Plant Cell Reports. 41 (2): 337–345. doi:10.1007/s00299-021-02811-4. ISSN 1432-203X.
  9. "Zomi Idol 'IDOL' laimal buaina ~ Tuang Za Khai – ZOMI DAILY". zomidaily.org. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  10. Tuang, Za Khai; Ling, Tial C. (2023-05-01). "Preliminary analysis reveals that RCF1 confers resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 but impairs Botrytis cinerea infection". Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology. 125: 102002. doi:10.1016/j.pmpp.2023.102002. ISSN 0885-5765.
  11. "Plant Cell Reports". Springer. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  12. "Gam aki halhal nawnloh hunciang ~ Tuang Za Khai – ZOMI DAILY". zomidaily.org. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  13. Convid talk | ZOHEISA CONVID 19 TALK Tulai aa minthang Convid 19 hong kipatna sen gam Wuhan khuapi aa om Central China Normal University aa Ph.D sin Sia Tuang Za... | By Living Hope Myanmar Ministries | Facebook, retrieved 2023-11-16
  14. "Covid-19 lungno a kikhawi maw, ahihkeh koipan hongpiang? ~ Tuang Za Khai – ZOMI DAILY". zomidaily.org. Retrieved 2023-11-16.