Ping Chang, first author of “The U1 snRNP component RBP45d regulates temperature-responsive flowering in Arabidopsis”
Current Position: PhD student in Taiwan International Graduate Program at the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Education: BS in Biotechnology Science and Technology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Non-scientific Interests: volley ball, badminton, listen to music, traveling
I grew up in an island country which suffers a lot from the natural disaster with increasing frequency due to global climate change. Our agricultural land exposed to a high risk of inundation due to sea level rising and the crop production are also under high risk of weather-related disasters. This background prompt me to pay extra attention on agriculture issues at a young age. When I tried to go deeper on the science behind plants, I suddenly realized that human knowledges to this field is still very limited. I choice to study biochemistry science and technology for undergraduate study at National Taiwan University (NTU) and plan to use the knowledge I learned from college to contribute to the field of plant sciences in future. With this aim, I also did a short internship in Bankok, Thailand to learn how researchers there apply biotechnology on pest control. After graduated from NTU, I directly joined the PhD program offered by Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences program, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Began with a research project on flowering time control, I gradually developed my new research interest on the temperature responses in plant.