Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Fanfan Zhang

Fanfan Zhang, first author of The SUN domain proteins OsSUN1 and OsSUN2 play critical but partially redundant roles in meiosis

Current Position: Post doctor, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Education: PhD in Genetics (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences); BSc in Horticulture (Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China)

Non-scientific Interests: traveling and reading

Brief bio: During the years 2011 to 2017, I pursued post-graduate training in the filed of meiosis at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) under the supervision of Prof. Zhukuan Cheng. My study focused on the relationship between telomere bouquet and homologous recombination in rice meiosis, aiming to unraveling the molecular basis of recombination and realizing the genetic control of recombination frequency in crop breeding. We identified a meiosis-specific F-box protein ZYGO1 that regulates telomere clustering to promote homologous pairing and recombination during meiosis. After obtaining my PhD. Degree in 2017, I worked as a post doctor in IGDB to further my knowledge in meiotic recombination. We found that OsSUN1 and OsSUN2 have partially redundant roles in rice meiosis and they function as key linkages between bouquet formation and meiotic recombination. I hope that there will be more interesting and meaningful discoveries in my future scientific research career.