Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Yen-Ling Lin

Yen-Ling Lin, first author of SUMO Protease SMT7 Modulates Ribosomal Protein L30 and Regulates Cell-size Checkpoint Function

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Ph.D. Program in Microbial Genomics, National Chung Hsing University and Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Education: BS in Department of Life Science, National Chung Hsing University and MS in Institute of Molecular Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Non-scientific Interests: music, movie, swimming, playing with cat

Brief bio: My interest in cancer biology started when I was in the college. I chose to study neuroblastoma during my Master training. Trained as a cancer biologist, I came to realize that a simple system would be amenable to dissect complex molecular network. I was drawn into a unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas system after joining Dr. Su-Chiung Fang’s lab as a PhD student and quickly appreciated its simplicity on size-mediated cell cycle control study. Chlamydomonas has a powerful haploid genetics and a unique multiple-fission mitotic cycle, allowing uncoupling of growth and division, that make it perfect to dissect genetic pathway of cell-size control mechanism. I am very excited that I identified a new regulatory module downstream of the Retinoblastoma pathway in Chlamydomonas. Our novel finding may potentially impact the general understanding of the cell size checkpoint function.