Haiyan Cao: Plant Physiology First Author

Haiyan Cao, first author of “AtPRMT5-mediated AtLCD methylation improves Cd2+ tolerance via increased H2S production in Arabidopsis

Current position: Ph.D. candidate in Botany, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

Education: M.S. in Cell Biology, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

B.S. in Bioscience, Shanxi Normal University, Taiyuan, China

Non-scientific interests: badminton, running

Brief bio: In 2017, I joined professor Yanxi Pei’s research group in the Shanxi University to pursue a master’s degree. During my postgraduate study, I focused on studying of the mechanism of H2S signal in response to abiotic stress. At present, we have revealed the mechanism in which PRMT5-mediated methylation of LCD to increase its enzymatic activity, thereby strengthening the endogenous H2S signal, and finally improving plant tolerance to Cd2+ stress. I hope these findings will provide new insight in both gasotransmitter and protein methyltransferase fields. I also hope to continue to explore in this field and make more discoveries in the future.