Abdugaffor Ablazov, co-first author of “ZAXINONE SYNTHASE 2 regulates growth and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in rice”
PhD candidate, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division, Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA), The BioActives Lab, Thuwal 23955- 15 6900, Saudi Arabia.
MSc, Genetics and Bioengineering, International Burch University (IBU), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Recently, I am pursuing my research career as PhD candidate in Plant Science Program under supervision of Prof. Salim Al-Babili at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. My project is about exploring the biological role of the zaxinone, a novel carotenoid-derived signaling molecule, in different plant species. I am characterizing the rice Zaxinone Synthase (ZAS) homologues, a member of plant Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase (CCD) subfamily, required for zaxinone production. To achieve my goals, I apply a combination of different approaches, including genome editing using a CRISPR/Cas9 toolbox, next-generation sequencing, metabolomics and integrative-omics. Overall, I am interested in deep insights into the function of zaxinone as a new signaling molecule (or precursor ) in different planta, eventually utilizing this compound as a potential tool for increasing the crop yield.