Kai-Chun Peng, first author of “FAR-RED INSENSITIVE 219 and phytochrome B co-repress shade avoidance via modulating nuclear speckle formation”
Ph.D. candidate, Institute of Plant Biology, College of Life Science, Nation Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ph.D. candidate in Plant Biology, National Taiwan University; B.Sc. in Biological Science and Technology, National Chiao Tung University
Non-scientific Interests: Badminton, Photography, and Hiking
I joined Prof. Hsu-Liang Hsieh’s lab to pursue a Ph.D. degree in plant science at National Taiwan University in 2014. My research is specifically focused on the regulation between the jasmonic and light signaling pathways in Arabidopsis. Then I got interested in the growth-defense tradeoffs under a shading environment, which is a dilemma in most plant species. We characterized a novel regulation that FIN219/JAR1 and phyB co-repress the shade avoidance response via modulating the phyB-mediated nuclear speckle formation, and it depends on the abundance of jasmonic acid. In the future, we are dedicated to uncovering the detailed mechanism of JA-triggered nuclear speckle formation, which remains largely unknown.