Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Yujiao Gao

Yujiao Gao, first author of The endosperm-specific transcription factor TaNAC019 regulates glutenin and starch accumulation and its elite allele improves wheat grain quality

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology and Key Laboratory of Crop Heterosis and Utilization (MOE) and Beijing Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, China Agricultural University, Beijing

Non-scientific Interests: music, calligraphy

 Brief bio: I joined the Wheat Genetics and Genomic Center at China Agricultural University in 2014, studied for my doctoral degree under the direction of Prof. Yingyin Yao, and engaged in the research on the regulation mechanisms of wheat endosperm development. The main findings of the paper are as follows: 1. TaNAC019 can regulates glutenin and starch accumulation. 2. The three TaNAC019 homoeologs exhibit functional divergence. 3. The elite allele TaNAC019-BI improves wheat processing quality.