Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Wen-Chi Lee

Wen-Chi Lee, co-first author of Widespread Exon Junction Complex Footprints in the RNA Degradome Mark mRNA Degradation Before Steady-state Translation

Current Position: Research assistant, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Education: M.S. and B.S. in Botany at National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Non-scientific Interests: movie, reading and hiking

Brief bio: I am a senior research assistant in Ho-Ming Chen’s group. I can run my own projects and have a lot of independence. Usually, I team up with bioinformatics engineers to make discovery from next-generation sequencing data. I design and perform experiments to validate hypotheses derived from NGS data analysis. So far our collaboration in different research projects has yielded four papers. In addition to the current paper, the other three papers are as follows: Asymmetric bulges and mismatches determine 20-nt microRNA formation in plants; Global analysis of truncated RNA ends reveals new Insights into ribosome stalling in plants; DCL2- and RDR6-dependent transitive silencing of SMXL4 and SMXL5 in Arabidopsis dcl4 mutants causes defective phloem transport and carbohydrate over-accumulation. Recently, we are working on a new research topic focusing on translational repression.