Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Fen Liu

Dr. Fen Liu, first author of AUTOPHAGY-RELATED14 And Its Associated Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Complex Promotes Autophagy In Arabidopsis

Current Position: Research scientist at Lushan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China

Education: PhD South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Non-scientific Interests: travelling, hiking, jogging

Brief bio: After a two-year post-undergraduate study at the South China Botanical Garden, I traveled to Dr. Richard D. Vierstra’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 as a joint PhD student sponsored by the China Scholar’s Program, where I started working on plant autophagy using Arabidopsis as a model.  I moved to Washington University in St. Louis along with Vierstra’s Lab in 2015, and finally graduated with a Ph.D in 2018. After one-year basic training, I focused my thesis research on the synthesis of phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P), and how this membrane lipid regulates plant autophagy and endosome sorting.  Through genetic analysis of the Arabidopsis PI3K complex that synthesizes PI3P, we found the preferential role for ATG14 in regulating autophagy process and the widespread importance of PI3P in plants.

Recently, I joined Lushan Botanical Garden as a research scientist and started my own group.  Now, I’m trying to resolve the role of autophagy in plant abiotic stress responses.







个人简介:我于2012年进入中国科学院华南植物园攻读博士,在张明永研究员的课题组研究水稻自噬在水稻抵抗重金属胁迫中的功能。在博士二年级的时候,来到美国Richard Vierstra实验室开展研究工作,主要以拟南芥为研究对象,探索植物自噬的分子机制。在Vierstra实验室期间,解析了磷脂酰肌醇3-激酶复合体在植物细胞自噬和蛋白分选途径中的功能。在自己的研究工作中,每次解决一个科研问题,都会感到非常的开心,并且和志同道合的同伴一起讨论科学问题,更加让我感受到了科研大家庭的温暖和生活的充实。