Lihong Hao: The Plant Cell First Author

Lihong Hao, co-first author of “VPS18-regulated vesicle trafficking controls the secretion of pectin and its modifying enzyme during pollen tube growth in Arabidopsis”

Current Position: Associate Professor at Shanxi University.

Education: Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology at Peking University, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at China Agricultural University.

Non‐scientific Interests: Spending time with my daughter, reading, traveling…

Brief bio: Out of love for plants, after finishing my bachelor’s degree, I joined the State Key Laboratory for Protein and Plant Gene Research at Peking University, and did my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Li-Jia Qu. During my Ph.D. study, I focused on deciphering the role of endomembrane trafficking in regulating plant reproduction. My research project focused on a subunit of Arabidopsis HOPS complex, AtVPS41. We found that the AtVPS41-mediated late stage of the endocytic pathway is essential for pollen tube–stigma interaction in Arabidopsis. Since then, I have loved this dynamic endomembrane trafficking process in plants. Later on, I collaborated with Miss Saiying Hou and continued working on another VPS protein, VPS18, which we found was essential for endomembrane trafficking as well during pollen tube growth. I am currently an Associate Professor at Shanxi University. The goal of my current research is to understand the role of endomembrane trafficking in the response of foxtail millet to various environmental stresses.