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Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Dereje Worku Mekonnen

Dereje Worku Mekonnen, co-first author of UGT76B1, a promiscuous hub of small molecule-based immune signaling, glucosylates N-hydroxypipecolic acid and balances plant immunity Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz Zentrum Müchen (contract now ended) Education: PhD at the University…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Sibylle Bauer

Sibylle Bauer, co-first author of UGT76B1, a promiscuous hub of small molecule-based immune signaling, glucosylates N-hydroxypipecolic acid and balances plant immunity Current Position: Proposal Manager at FGK Clinical Research GmbH, Munich, Germany Education: PhD in Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Femke de Jong

Femke de Jong, first author of Attracted to Membranes: Lipid-Binding Domains in Plants Current Position: Just finished a postdoc position at the section Plant Cell Biology from the Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences of the University of Amsterdam . Education: PhD in plant science from the Australian…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Bao Yang

Bao Yang, first author of Non-Specific Phospholipase C4 Hydrolyzes Phosphosphingolipids and Sustains Plant Root Growth under Phosphate Deficiency Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei, China Education:…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Elodie Billey

Elodie Billey, first author of Characterization of the Bubblegum acyl-CoA synthetase of Microchloropsis gaditana Current Position: Researcher in Microalgae Engineering, TOTAL Refining & Chemicals, France Education: Ph.D. Plant Biology from University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) Non-scientific…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Sandra Marisa Mathioni

Sandra Marisa Mathioni, co-first author of Reproductive phasiRNA loci and DICER-LIKE5, but not microRNA loci, diversified in monocotyledonous plants Current Position: Research Scientist in the Resistance Management Team in Syngenta Crop Protection, Brazil Education: PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Parth Patel

Parth Patel, co-first author of Reproductive phasiRNA loci and DICER-LIKE5, but not microRNA loci, diversified in monocotyledonous plants Current Position: Senior Data Scientist at IQVIA Education: Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Delaware in Dr. Blake Meyers Lab Non-scientific Interests: sports,…

Horizontal genome transfer by cell-to-cell travel of whole organelles (Sci. Advances)

Textbooks tell us that eukaryotic cells acquired first mitochondria and later plastids through assimilation and retention of useful prokaryotes, but textbooks also imply that these were one-off occurrences that happened long ago. In the past several years, evidence has been accruing that genomes from…

Evidence for phloem loading via the abaxial bundle sheath cells in maize leaves (Plant Cell)

Every student knows that in a C4 plant like maize, photosynthetic carbohydrates are synthesized in the bundle sheath cells that surround the vein. These carbohydrates are then transported into the phloem for delivery to other tissues. Previous studies have identified SWEET (Sugars Will Eventually be…