Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sanya Institute, Hainan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Education: Ph.D. at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Non-scientific Interests: Listening to music and sports
Brief bio：I had developed a keen interest in plant diversity during the study for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 2014, I joined Prof. Hongzhi Kong’s lab for my Ph.D. study. My work was mainly focused on the development and evolution of the highly specialized flowers in the tribe Delphinieae (Ranunculaceae). I successfully applied the virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) technique in a species of this tribe, Delphinium ajacis. By using D. ajacis as a model, I studied the functions of homologs of floral organ identity genes and floral symmetry genes and discovered that duplication, diversification of, as well as rewiring the interactions between, floral organ identity and symmetry genes, have been the key to the making of the Delphinieae flowers. After graduating, I moved to Hainan Academy of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor. My current work is to explore the evolutionary development and molecular breeding of tropical flowers.
发表论文：Delphinieae flowers originated from the rewiring of interactions between duplicated and diversified floral organ identity and symmetry genes