Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Mingjia Chen

Mingjia Chen. first author of A Kinase and a Glycosylase Catabolize Pseudouridine in the Peroxisome to Prevent Toxic Pseudouridine Monophosphate Accumulation

Current Position:  Associate Professor, College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University

Education: PhD at the Institute of Plant Nutrition, Department of Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry of Plants, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. Msc at the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China

Non-scientific Interests:  Spending time with my kids, travelling, and basketball

From 2012, I joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Witte first at the Freie Universität Berlin and then at the Leibniz Universität Hannover for my Ph.D. study. I investigated canonical pyrimidine catabolism and salvage in plants, focussing on the cytidine deaminase and uridine-cytidine kinase enzyme families in Arabidopsis. After the graduation in 2016, I stayed on in the same laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher and studied the metabolism of the modified nucleotides. Moving back China in 2019, I start to run my own lab at the Nanjing Agricultural University, and continue focusing on the investigation of the metabolic fate of different modifed nucleotides released from RNA turnover hoping to contribute with my research to the advancement of RNA epigenetics field.