Mao Li: Plant Physiology First Author

Mao Li, first author of “Quantitative dissection of color patterning in the foliar ornamental coleus”

Current Position: Senior Research Scientist in Data Science Facility and Principal Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (USA)

Education: Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Biomathematics at Florida State University (USA); M.Sc. in Mathematics at Fudan University (China); B.Sc. in Mathematics at Xiamen University (China)

Non-scientific Interests: watching TV shows, travelling

Brief bio: The Danforth Center has a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. My contribution to our mission is unique from most other scientists at the center as my background isn’t in plant science at all. I am a mathematician. I am collaborating with plant scientists and developing different perspectives, innovated approaches, and new solutions. Prior to my current position, I had 13 years’ training in mathematics and then I made a transition to much more specialized works in plant science since 2016 when I joined Topp Lab at the center as a Postdoc Associate. I have wide research interests such as quantifying complex things like inflorescence and root architecture, leaf shape, and 3D genome structure by developing mathematical methods, models, and computational tools. These new approaches are helping plant scientists capture large amount of information that previously went undetected, ultimately increasing our understanding of plants.