Recognizing Plant Physiology author Ying Chen

Ying Chen, first author Distinct Cellular Strategies Determine Sensitivity to Mild Drought of Arabidopsis Natural Accessions

Current Position: PhD candidate at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant System Biology, Ghent, Belgium

Education: M.S. (2013 –  2016), Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; B.S. (2009 – 2013) South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China.

Non-scientific Interests: traveling, reading, playing Guzheng and cooking

Brief bio: In 2016, I joined the lab of Professor Dirk Inzé at VIB as a PhD student to gain more insights in the molecular mechanisms that regulate leaf growth. One part of my project is to investigate Arabidopsis accession-specific responses of leaf growth under mild drought stress. We have compared transcriptional and physiological responses between mild drought-sensitive and -insensitive accessions and found the capacity to efficiently close stomata and maintain cell expansion could be major factors that help sustaining leaf growth during mild drought. In addition, I am studying how post-translational modifications regulate the duration of cell proliferation and leaf size. In the future, I will continue to study the molecular mechanisms of leaf growth and their potential for applications in agriculture.




教育经历:2013-2016 中国科学院植物研究所  发育生物学硕士; 2009-2013年, 华南农业大学 生态学学士


个人简介:2016年10月至今在Dirk Inzé教授实验室攻读博士学位,主要利用不同生态型的拟南芥研究温和干旱(轻度干旱,自然界中更普遍)胁迫下叶片的生长调控机制,部分研究工作已发表在《Plant Physiology》和《eLife》。通过比较对温和干旱敏感和不敏感的生态型在转录水平和生理水平的响应差异,发现在温和干旱胁迫下,保持气孔关闭和维持细胞扩增的能力是保持叶片生长的主要因素;此外,也参与了翻译后修饰对叶片生长影响的研究;后续将研究叶片生长的分子调控机制,并探索在农业上的应用。