Haodong Huang: The Plant Cell First Author

Haodong Huang, co-first author of “An ancestral role for 3-KETOACYL-COA SYNTHASE3 as a negative regulator of plant cuticular wax synthesis”

Current Position: Ph.D. student, Hubei University

Education: Master, Hubei University

Non-scientific Interests: Cooking, Reading, Running

Brief bio: I have been interested in the growth of plants and the adaptation to the environment since my undergraduate course. In 2019, I became a master’s student of Professor Shiyou Lü, College of Life Science, Hubei University, Wuhan, China. In 2022, after receiving my master’s degree, I continued to study for a doctor’s degree under supervision of Professor Shiyou Lü. My research mainly focuses on understanding the role of 3-KETOACYL-COA SYNTHASEs (KCSs) in Arabidopsis surface lipid synthesis. We found that Arabidopsis KCS3 previously shown to lack canonical catalytic activity instead functions as a negative regulator in wax metabolism by reducing the enzymatic activity of KCS6, a key KCS involved in wax production. At present, I continue to identify the roles of additional KCSs lacking FAE activity, seek the possible regulatory targets of these KCSs, and determine their biological function in response to different environments.