Yuanyuan Zhang, first author of OsATX1 Interacts with Heavy Metal P1B-type ATPases and Affects Cu Transport and Distribution in Rice
Current Position: PhD student in the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, China.
Education: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University. BS in Biological Science at Huaibei Normal University.
Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, coking, reading and watching movies.
Brief bio sketch: I’m interested in understanding how nuclear genes control the accumulation of heavy metals. During my PhD, I was focusing on the gene discovery and identification for cadmium (Cd) and copper (Cu) accumulation in rice. We have identified that OsATX1 controls root-to-shoot translocation of Cu and its delivery to developing tissues in rice probably by interacting with rice Cu transporting P1B-ATPases HMA4, HMA5, HMA6 and HMA9. In the future, I hope to have further findings in this field.