Chuanmei Zhu: Plant Physiology First Author

Chuanmei Zhu, first author of “Pleiotropic and Non-redundant Effects of an Auxin Importer in Setaria and Maize”

Current Position: Plant Reproductive Biology Scientist at Bayer Crop Science

Education: PhD at Washington University in St. Louis; BS in Tsinghua University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Spend time with family (family movie night, hiking, traveling, and camping, etc), run, quiet time

Brief bio:

I was raised in a farmer’s family and have had a passion for developing better seeds/crops for farmers since I was young. Currently, I am working as a Plant Reproductive Biology Scientist, part of the Seed Production Innovation team at Bayer Crop Science. We are leading the innovation and development and plant reproductivity-based initiatives that drive Seed Production Innovation for Bayer around the world. Before joining Bayer in 2020, I also worked as a Molecular Biology Scientist in the discovery platform of a Brazilian company CTC-genomics, leading research in genome editing and trait discovery in sugarcane.

Prior to my industry life, I did my postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (2016-2018), where I studied the development and genetics of grass inflorescence development using Setaria and corn as models and published several papers, including this most recent one published in Plant Physiology. I have a Ph.D. degree in Plant Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where I investigated proteins controlling Arabidopsis reproduction with state-of-the-art microscopy to image live cells and molecules in motion. During my PhD, I was sponsored as a Monsanto Company/Dr. Norman Borlaug Corporate Fellow and worked as a Plant Molecular Biologist/Physiologist Intern at Monsanto where I supported the corn Doubled Haploid (DH) projects. I received a BS degree in plant biology and Biotechnology from Tsinghua University, a top university in China.

I am very grateful for the career I am having, driven by my passion for agriculture and curiosity for plant sciences, supported by many advisors/mentors and colleagues, enlightened by the learnings and findings we have each day!






在我的企业生涯之前,我在唐纳德·丹福斯植物科学中心的Elizabeth Kellogg博士的实验室做了博士后研究(2016-2018)。在那里我以狗尾巴草和玉米为模型研究了草花序发育的发展和遗传学,并发表了几篇论文,包括最近的发表在《植物生理学》上的这一篇. 我获得了圣路易斯华盛顿大学植物生物学博士学位,在那里我通过采用各种成像技术和生理测定来研究控制拟南芥生殖发育的基因的功能机制。在攻读博士学位期间,我获得了孟山都公司/诺曼·博洛格(Norman Borlaug)的企业赞助,并在孟山都公司进行了植物分子生物学/生理学方面的实习,从事玉米双倍单倍体(DH)项目。我毕业于清华大学,在那里获得了植物生物学和生物技术学士学位。