Qun Wang: The Plant Cell First Author

Qun Wang, first author of ENB1 encodes a cellulose synthase 5 that directs synthesis of cell wall ingrowths in maize basal endosperm transfer cells”

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at China Agricultural University

Education: M.S. at Shanghai University

Non-scientific Interests: reading, traveling, and playing badminton

Brief bio: I have been fascinated by plant science during my undergraduate study. In my junior year, I focused on phylogenetic analysis of Ranunculus cantoniensis polyploid complex based on the low-copy nuclear gene. Since 2014, I joined the research group of Prof. Rentao Song at Shanghai University, where I did my M.S. study in the field of the molecular biology of maize seed development. I characterized a maize seed mutant enb1, which shows a degraded endosperm and a normal-looking embryo during seed development. To deeply explore the role of ENB1 in maize seed development, I started my Ph.D. program in Song’s lab at China Agricultural University in 2017. During this period, I found that ENB1 enhances maternal sucrose import, contributing to the formation of the persistent endosperm in maize. My long-term scientific goal is to deeply investigate the genetic basis and molecular regulation mechanisms of nutrient transport cells such as the transfer cells at the maternal/filial interface and the potential transfer cells at the embryo/endosperm interface in maize. I hope future studies can be applied to the agricultural field. Not only is the ratio of the embryo to endosperm controlled, but also the yield is greatly boosted in maize.