Lei Wang, co-first author of Strigolactone and Karrikin Signaling Pathways Elicit Ubiquitination and Proteolysis of SMXL2 to Regulate Hypocotyl Elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Current Position: Post doctor, Agricultural Genome Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Education: Ph.D. (Genetics) in Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; M.Sc. (Cell biology) in Hebei Normal University and B.Sc. (Biology science) in Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, China
Non-scientific Interests: football and movies
Brief bio: In 2008, I started my MSc and worked on the thermotolerance of Arabidopsis under the supervision of Prof. Liqun Zhao. During my MSc, I received good training on molecular biology and genetics. In 2011, I entered the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology for my PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Jiayang Li. My study focused on the signaling pathway of the new plant hormone strigolactone in Arabidopsis and rice, aiming to demonstrate how strigolactones regulate plant development. In 2017, I moved to Guosheng Xiong’s lab in Agricultural Genome Institute at Shenzhen, where I worked as a Post Doctor and mainly studied the crosstalk between strigolactones and karrikins in Arabidopsis. We found that SMXL2 participates in both strigolactone and karrikin signaling pathways to regulate hypocotyl elongation and downstream gene expression.