Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Zhigang Wang

Zhigang Wang, co-first author of OsCASP1 is required for Casparian strip formation at endodermal cells of rice roots for selective uptake of mineral elements

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in College of Life Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning, China

Education: 2018-present, Ph.D. Candidate in Biology Major, College of Life Science and Technology, Guangxi University. 2015-2018, Master of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Life Science and Technology, Guangxi University; 2010-2014, Bachelor of Biotechnology, College of Resources and Environment, Henan Polytechnic University

Non-scientific Interests: basketball, chess, reading

Brief bio: I received my bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Henan Polytechnic University in 2014. Since I have great curiosity and interest in life science, I joined Prof. Jixing Xia’s lab at the College of Life Science and Technology, Guangxi University to start my study of Master’s and Doctor’s degrees from 2015. My research mainly focused on the molecular mechanism of the Casparian strip (CS) formation in rice roots and the role of CS in controlling mineral element uptake. My study showed that rice CS has a distinct role in selective uptake of mineral elements in roots through functional analysis of OsCASP1 (Casparian strip domain protein 1). My work enhanced our understanding of CS role in mineral element uptake in rice. Currently, I’m continuing to study the function of CS in rice in collaboration with the group of Prof. Jian Feng Ma at Okayama University, Japan and hope to have more novel discoveries in future.