Minqi Yang: The Plant Cell First Author

Minqi Yang, co-first author of “Binding by the Polycomb complex component BMI1 and H2A monoubiquitination shape local and long-range interactions in the Arabidopsis genome”

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University

Education: Bachelor of ­­­­Science, School of ­­­Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Non-scientific Interests: photographing and hiking


Brief bio: How does the cell fold and compress the genetic material in the narrow nucleus, and how does it efficiently and orderly regulate the genetic material to complete various life activities? This is the question that fascinates me most in the field of plant epigenetic research. I was struck by the ingenuity of the chromatin conformation capture technology that was needed to study this problem. Using this technology to explore the life activities of cells, especially plant cells, will be the interest of my doctoral research. As biological research enters the era of omics, the requirement for data analysis is further raised. In 2021, I joined the group of Dr. Yue Zhou in Peking University and studied bioinformatics under the guidance of Dr. Yue Zhou and Dr. Hang He. In this study, we further determined the three-dimensional structural hierarchy of Arabidopsis thaliana and identified the regulatory role of PRC1 in it.