Xin Wang, co-first author of Substrate-Specificity of LACCASE 8 Facilitates Polymerization of Caffeyl Alcohol for C-Lignin Biosynthesis in the Seed Coat of Cleome hassleriana
Current Position: Associate Professor in Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science, Wuhan, China
Education: PhD, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Science (2006-2010)
Non-scientific Interests: table tennis, basketball
Brief bio: I obtained my PhD at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2010. From 2011 to 2013, I did my postdoctoral training at Wuhan University (China) working on the molecular mechanism of cold stress tolerance in rice. After my postdoc, I obtained an Associate Professor position in Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and began my research on (iso)flavones and terpene metabolism in several Chinese medicinal plant species, such as Pueraria lobata. In 2017, I was awarded a one-year visiting scholar award from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and was fortunate enough to join Richard A. Dixon’s Lab at the University of North Texas (US), where I worked on the mechanism of C-lignin polymerization in the seed coat of Cleome. It appreciate Professor Dixon and his group members for giving me so many constructive suggestions to my project. What a lovely time when I was working with them in UNT.
Now, I have moved to the Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science. My current interests focus on flavonoid biosynthesis and cold stress tolerance in peanut, an important oil and economic crop worldwide. We aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for its adaptations to stressful conditions, and provide that information to improve crop efficiency and enlarge its cultivated areas in a changing climate.