Recognizing Plant Physiology author Xuan Ma

Xuan Ma, co-first author of Parental variation in CHG methylation is associated with allelic-specific expression in elite hybrid rice

Current Position: PhD student at Rice Epigenetic Research Group at National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Education: Master (2016) in Biology/Botany at Southwest University of Science and Technology

Non-scientific Interests: Reading, Travelling, Music

Brief bio: In 2016, I joined the lab of Rice Epigenetic of Prof. Dr. Dao-Xiu Zhou, at National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, for my PhD. I worked during my PhD on the topic “Epigenetic Mechanism of Heterosis in Hybrid Rice.” We analysis the multi-omics characteristic, gene regulatory network and epigenetic basis of heterosis in hybrid rice used high-throughput sequencing technique. We analyzed the allele-specific expression and DNA methylome of an elite hybrid rice, our results suggested that symmetrical methylation at CHG context in parents play an important role in regulation of allele-specific expression in hybrids. In the future, I will further study on the molecular/genetic basis of heterosis and gene regulatory network in hybrid rice.

姓名: 马瑄