Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Ailing Yu

Ailing Yu, co-first author of Photosynthetic Phosphoribulokinase Structures: Enzymatic Mechanisms and the Redox Regulation of the Calvin-Benson-Bassham Cycle

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate in National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Education: B.S. in School of Biology and Biological Engineering, South China University of Technology

Non-scientific interests: reading, travelling and taekwondo

Brief bio: I’ve been deeply attracted by biology since I was an undergraduate. The process plants transform sunlight into sugar is especially fascinating for it provides energy to organisms on land. Systematical training began from I joined the lab of Professors Wenrui Chang and Mei Li. During my PhD research, I have managed studying botany from the point of structural biology, commonly using X-ray crystallographic and cryo-electron microscopic methods. My research focused on solving the protein structures involved in photosynthesis, explaining reaction and regulation mechanisms. During photosynthesis, light signal is transformed into redox signal in light reaction to control proteins of Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle (CBB cycle). The effector proteins alter their conformation or even reversibly form heterologous complex to respond to the redox signal. I solved the structures of enzymes and complex that play important roles in the CBB cycle. Our study would advance the understanding of the redox signaling regulation for the CBB cycle.