Miao Zhang: Plant Physiology First Author

Miao Zhang, first author of “Acetylome reprograming participates in the establishment of fruit metabolism during polyploidization in citrus”

Current Position: PhD candidate, Huazhong Agricultural University

Education: Ph.D. in Pomology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

B.Sc. in Horticulture, Northwest A & F University, Yangling, Shaanxi Province, China

Non-scientific interests: jogging, playing badminton and tennis, music

Brief bio: After completing bachelor’s degree at Northwest A & F University in 2017, I entered the group of Prof. Wen-Wu Guo, Huazhong Agricultural University. During my PhD studies, with the help of Dr. Feng-Quan Tan, I mainly focused on evaluating metabolic characteristics of citrus allotetraploid and studying the mechanism responsible for these novel traits in polyploid. We found that allopolyploidization caused extensive metabolic variation in citrus fruit, including fruit acidity, content of carotenoid and flavonoid. We then performed a global acetylome analysis, which revealed that acetylome reprogramming plays an important role in trait evolution during polyploidization through regulation of enzyme activity and protein abundance. Collectively, we established a dataset of lysine acetylation in citrus fruit and provided a theoretical basis for the generation of new traits in polyploid.