In October, we published many innovative manuscripts in Plant Physiology. Behind the manuscripts are researchers, professors, professionals and students dedicated to advancing the field of plant science. You’ve seen our First Authors on Twitter and Facebook— now, read more about why they chose to pursue plant sciences and click on the links below the pictures to read their articles.
Amit Kumar Chaturvedi
Amit Kumar Chaturvedi (He/his) is the First Author of PGR5-LIKE PHOTOSYNTHETIC PHENOTYPE1A redox states alleviate photoinhibition during changes in light intensity published 03 October 2023. He is a Research Fellow at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. In 2015, he earned a Ph.D in Biotechnology at CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar Gujarat, India. Research interests include Redox regulation, photosynthesis, abiotic stress, and light signaling. Personal interests include exploring new places, traveling, fiction reading, etc.
Chaturvedi was born and brought-up in a traditional farmers family, where farming is based mostly on climate. It was very disheartening for him to see how people felt devastated when the climate was not in favor. This led to his interest to find a scientific solution to minimize the harm to crops by these abiotic factors.
Peter R Bos
Peter R Bos is the First Author of Expansion microscopy resolves the thylakoid structure of spinach published 04 October 2023. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Biophysics, Wageningen University and Research. In 2021, Peter earned a MSc in Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University and Research. In 2018, Peter earned a BSc in Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University and Research. Research interests include Photosynthesis, Plan light acclimation, and Expansion Microscopy. Personal interests include running, cooking, and reading.
Bos became interested in plant science after learning about the marvelous molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis.
Shintaro Ichikawa (he/him) is the First Author of Fluorescein staining of chloroplast starch granules in living plants published 04 October 2023. He is currently a PhD student at Utsunomiya University, Japan. In 2023, Ichikawa earned a MSc in Molecular Agriculture at Utsunomiya University. In 2021, he earned a BCs in Agriculture at Utsunomiya University. Research interests include plant organelle imaging. Research interests include Watching soccer games, cooking, and reading.
Unlike animals, plants cannot move from where they take root. It is one of the characteristics unique to plants. This first author is interested in how plants physiologically act to survive in a fluctuating environment.
Li Zhu is a First Author of Long noncoding RNA TRABA suppresses β-glucosidase-encoding BGLU24 to promote salt tolerance in cotton published 06 October 2023. Zhu is currently a Student of Nanjing Agriculture University. Zhu earned an MSc in Nanjing Agriculture University in 2021 and in 2017, a BSc at Nanjing Agriculture University. Research interests include abiotic stress. Personal interests include Swimming.
Wan Hui is a First Author of Long noncoding RNA TRABA suppresses β-glucosidase-encoding BGLU24 to promote salt tolerance in cotton published 06 October 2023. In 2021, Hui earned a MSc from Nanjing Agricultural University; in 2019, a BSc from Nanjing Agricultural University. Plant metabolism and abiotic stress are research interests. Personal interests include running. Hui looks up to Yuanlongping, the father of hybird rice.
Changjiang Cuia is a First Author of Long noncoding RNA TRABA suppresses β-glucosidase-encoding BGLU24 to promote salt tolerance in cotton published 06 October 2023. Cuia is currently a PhD student at Nanjing Agricultural University. Education background includes a Ph.D from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2018 and a 2012 BSc from Hainan University. Research interests include Abiotic stress. Personal interests include running and badminton. The miracle of life and the curiosity to explore and discover is what drives Cuia’s research.
Dejan Dziubek (he/him) is the First Author of NTRC and thioredoxins m1/m2 underpin the light acclimation of plants on proteome and metabolome levels published 07 October 2023. He is currently a Research Assosiate at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In 2022, he earned a PhD in Plant Metabolism at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In 2016, he earned a MSc in Biology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. And in 2013, Dziubek received a Bsc Biology at University of Regensburg. Research interests include Plant Metabolism and Physiology, Plant Stress Responses. Personal interests include Music, Comedy, Sports.
During his student job in a food processing facility, Dziubek came into contact with both the cultivation and processing of local hops, as well as prevalent diseases associated with them. This experience inspired his dedication to researching plant metabolism and plant stress responses.
Zhen Wang (she) is a First Author of IbMYB73 targets abscisic acid-responsive IbGER5 to regulate root growth and stress tolerance in sweet potato published 10 October 2023. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Advance Agricultural Sciences, Peking University. Wang earned a Ph.D. in Crop Genetics and Breeding at China Agricultural University in 2023. And in 2018, she earned a BSc in Biotechnology at Yunnan University. Research interests include Abiotic stress, plant regeneration. Personal interests include climbing and traveling.
Wang was born in the countryside. She saw the hard work of farmers in planting. Besides, she was deeply attracted by the vitality of plants.
Li Xu (she/her) is a First Author of IbMYB73 targets abscisic acid-responsive IbGER5 to regulate root growth and stress tolerance in sweet potato published 10 October 2023. She is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at Sanya Institute of China Agricultural University. Xu holds a Ph.D. of Crop Genetics and Breeding at China Agricultural University (2022); a Master of Crop Science at China Agricultural University (2019); and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at China Agricultural University (2017). Research interests include Abiotic stress, Root development. Personal interests include Lego assembly.
With the continuous emergence of extreme weather and the continuous growth of the world population, Xu thinks we can solve the food security problems faced by human beings by carrying out plant science to cultivate new crop varieties with high resistance, high yield and high quality.
Lydia Pui Ying Lam
Lydia Pui Ying Lam (she/her) is the First Author of Disruption of p-Coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferases in rice drastically alters lignin composition published 13 October 2023. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Akita University. In 2017, she earned a PhD in Plant Science at the University of Hong Kong, and in 2012, a BSc in Biotechnology and Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong.
Research interests include plant specialized metabolism, flavonoids, lignin, stilbenes, plant cell walls. Personal interests include playing soccer, reading, and knitting. Plants are amazing organisms that help this first author to relax and feel calm. They are very important in the humanosphere, and humans cannot survive without them, so she wants to understand them.
Laure Martinelli (she/her) is the First Author of Citronellol biosynthesis in pelargonium is a multi-step pathway involving PRISE enzymes published 13 October 2023. Martinello is a Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biochemistry of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Germany). Her education background includes a Ph.D in Plant and Molecular Biology at the University of Saint-Étienne in 2020, a Master’s degree in Basic and Applied Microbiology at the University of Western Brittany in 2016, and an Engineer’s degree in Microbiology and Quality at the University of Western Brittany iIn 2016.
Research interests include specialized metabolism, terpenoids,and biosynthetic pathways. Research interests include hiking, photography, and board games.
Martinelli is fascinated by the diversity of plant volatiles, by their scent and ecological role. But most of all, she loves to understand their biosynthesis.
Ranjita Sinha (She/her) is the first author of The effects of multifactorial stress combination on rice and maize published 17 October 2023. Sinha is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. In 2012 she earned a Ph. D Genetics at University of Delhi, India; in 2007, a M.Sc in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, SRM University, India; and in 2004, a B.Sc in Biotechnology, TM from Bhagalpur University, India. Research interests include Plant abiotic stress tolerance, Plant physiology, Plant reproductive biology. Personal interests include yoga.
Sinha became interested in plant science after learning about the genetically modified plants like BT plants, better flexibility to explore molecular mechanisms, and Ron Mittler.
Eliška Kobercová (she/her) is the First Author of Validating the role of glutamine synthetase GLN2 during photorespiration in Arabidopsis thaliana published 03 October 2023. She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Experimental Plant Biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. At the same department, Kobercová earned a MSc in Experimental Plant Biology in 2017. In 2014, she received a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Organism at the Faculty of Science, Charles University. Research interests include nitrogen metabolism, gene editing, and GM plants. Personal interests include hiking, gardening, music and movies.
Kobercová comes from a family closely connected with farming, so naturally, she chose a field which enables to look for ways how to improve plants – from transformation and gene editing to studying glutamine synthetase, a key enzyme of nitrogen metabolism.
Parveen Akhtar( she) is the First Author of Function of iron-stress-induced protein A in cyanobacterial cells with monomeric and trimeric Photosystem I published 18 October 2023. She is currently a Research Fellow at Biological Research Centre, Szeged. Akhtar earned her Ph.D in Biology at the University of Szeged, Hungary, in 2018. Research interests include Biophysics of Photosynthesis, Light harvesting and energy transfer in photosynthesis. Personal interests include swimming, cycling, nature, travel, and baking.
Xiaopeng Guo is the First Author of E3 ligases MAC3A and MAC3B ubiquitinate UBIQUITIN-SPECIFIC PROTEASE14 to regulate organ size in Arabidopsis published 18 October 2023. Gao is currently a Doctoral candidate at Henan University. In 2018, Guo earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology at Henan Normal University. Research interests are Arabidopsis morphological development and stress response; personal interests include reading and music.
Pavani P Nadiminti
Pavani P Nadiminti (he/his) is a First Author of Spatiotemporal Deposition of Cell Wall Polysaccharides in Oat E published 20 October 2023. He is currently a Tutor at The University of Melbourne . In 2015 Nadiminti earned a Ph.D in Plant-nanobiotechnology at Deakin University, Australia; in 2009, he earned a Postgraduate diploma in Biotechnology at Deakin University, Australia; and in 2006, a Master of Science in Biotechnology at Madras University, India. Research interests include Cell wall biology, Nanobiotechnology, Biotic and Abiotic stress. Personal interests include gardening and cooking.
Since Nadiminti’s childhood, he was always passionate about plants. This led him to pursue a research career in plant sciences and a hobby of gardening. Contributions of all the eminent scientists inspire him, and his mentors are Prof. David Cahill, and A. Prof. Monika Doblin.
Sarah Wilson (she/her) is a First Author of Spatiotemporal Deposition of Cell Wall Polysaccharides in Oat E published 20 October 2023. Currently, Wilson is a Microscopist at the Bioimaging Facility, Latrobe University. In 2001, she earned a PhD in Plant Cell Biology at University of Melbourne; in 1997, a MSc in Red Algal Taxonomy at University of Melbourne; and in 1994, Wilson earned a BSc (Hons) in Red Algal Taxonomy at University of Melbourne. Research interests include Applying various microscopy techniques to understand plant development, cell walls and their synthesis. Personal interests include True crime documentaries, reading (biographies), and watching her children play sports.
The diversity and aesthetic appeal of plant cells under the microscope is why this First Author loves plant science, combined with a curiosity of how plants grow, reproduce and interact with their environment.
The wonders of plant science never cease to amaze us!
杨宇明 is the First Author of Type-B response regulator GmRR1 regulates soybean phosphorus uptake efficiency and yield by modifying the root architecture published 26 October 2023. Currently, 杨宇明 is a lecturer at Henan Institute of Science and Technology. They earned a Ph.D from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2020 and a BSc from Henan Agricultural University in 2014. Research interests focus on abiotic stress and personal interests include running. Professor Deyue Yu inspires and mentors this First Author in their research.