Hong Liao, co-first author of “Delphinieae flowers originated from the rewiring of interactions between duplicated and diversified floral organ identity and symmetry genes”
Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Ecology and Environmental Science, Yunnan University, China
Education: Ph.D. at Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Non-scientific Interests: Mountaineering, jogging, and travelling
Brief bio: My interest in the diversity of angiosperms began since I was a graduate student, when I worked on the evaluation of genetic diversity of potato varieties. In 2012, I became a Ph.D. candidate of Prof. Hongzhi Kong. My research was mainly focused on the morphology, molecular development and ecological function of pseudonectaries on Nigella damascena petals. After receiving my Ph.D. in 2018, I started my postdoctoral research in Prof. Kong’s lab. I extended my study to the nectaries on N. damascena petals, and found that the STYLISH gene family members might play key roles in nectary development of N. damascena. In 2020, I moved to Yunnan University as an associate professor. Currently, I am using Roscoea as a model system to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the development and evolution of the highly specialized flowers in Zingiberaceae.
发表论文：Delphinieae flowers originated from the rewiring of interactions between duplicated and diversified floral organ identity and symmetry genes