Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Chen-Kun Jiang

Chen-Kun Jiang, first author of Insight into the Diversification and Evolution of R2R3-MYB Transcription Factors in Plants

Current Position: Doctoral candidate, School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China

Education: B.S., School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China

Non-scientific Interests: traveling, art exhibitions, and playing billiards

Brief bio: I am a graduate student in Prof. Guang-Yuan Rao’s lab. My scientific interests include molecular evolution, plant evolutionary developmental biology, and evolutionary genomics. In recent years, I have been focusing on the evolution of R2R3-MYB transcription factors (TFs). As one of the largest TF family in plants, R2R3-MYBs regulate a broad range of plant-specific physiological and developmental processes. Our evolutionary study concerning R2R3-MYB TFs revealed that the expansion of these TFs in land plants is mainly attributed to multiple gene duplications within subfamily VIII that emerged in algae. I have also been working on the evolution of the R2R3-MYB-based gene regulatory network of cell wall biosynthesis across land plants.