Feng Tao: Plant Physiology First Author

Feng Tao, first author of “Neofunctionalization of tandem duplicate genes encoding putative β-L-arabinofuranosidases in Arabidopsis”

Current Position: Beijing Do.Care Pharmaceutical Technology Co., Ltd, Product Manager


B.S. Lanzhou University

M.S. University of Glasgow

Ph.D. Wayne State University

Non-scientific Interests: Jogging, Cooking, and Travelling

Brief biography:

My research experience during my Ph.D. study is like the experience in Marathon. Both the journeys and the feelings during the journey are the same. Especially the feelings at the finish line, I challenged myself and obtained other several fruitful results. Among them, one achievement is the article “Neofunctionalization of tandem duplicate genes encoding putative beta-L-arabinofuranosidases in Arabidopsis”. With the guidance of Dr. Chuanzhu Fan, I studied recent duplicate genes in Arabidopsis. In this article, I tried to use all the available resources and data to comprehensively prove that AT5G12950 and AT5G12960 function as b-L-arabinofuranosidases but have divergent biological functions. This study will guide future studies of the possible important function of β-L-arabinofuranose in pollen. Unfortunately, my current job is away from plant research due to several reasons. However, I believe all the experience would be helpful for my current and future career, and I will still make more contributions in the scientific area.




学士 兰州大学

硕士 格拉斯哥大学

博士 韦恩州立大学



我博士期间的研究经历如同我参加马拉松比赛,其中的旅程和感受都是一样的,尤其是在终点线时的心情: 挑战了自我并有很多其他的收获。而其中的一项成果即是这篇文章“拟南芥的一对编码阿拉伯呋喃糖酶串联重复基因在产生后所表现的新功能”。在导师Chuanzhu Fan博士的指导下,我的研究主题是关于拟南芥的新重复基因。而在这篇文章里,我尝试利用所有可用的资源和数据来完整地证明了新重复基因AT5G12950和AT5G12960既都是阿拉伯呋喃糖酶,但同时又具有不同的生物学功能。本研究为今后阿拉伯呋喃糖在花粉中可能的重要功能研究提供了生物学指导。遗憾的是,由于各种原因,我目前的工作与植物研究无关。但博士期间的收获将始终帮助我现在和未来的职业,而我也将继续在科学领域上做出更多的贡献。