Jiyue Huang, co-first author of Conservation and divergence in the meiocyte sRNAomes of Arabidopsis, soybean and cucumber
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Copenhaver Lab, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
Education: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Fudan University, China; M.S. in Genetics, Department of Genetics, Fudan University, China; B.S. in Agriculture, Department of Agronomy in Seed Science and Engineering, China Agricultural University, China
Non-scientific Interests: running, travelling, looking for fun things to do with my daughter
Brief bio: I have a long-term interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms of meiosis and meiotic recombination in higher eukaryotes. Since 2011 at Fudan University, I have been working on the meiotic recombination associated DNA synthesis. We refined the meiotic recombination model by integrating DNA replication required leading and lagging strand syntheses into the double strand break repair process. Meanwhile, I’m also interested in the epigenetic regulation mechanism, like small RNAs (sRNAs) on meiotic recombination regulation. Previously, we reported a substantial number of meiocyte-specific small RNA (ms-sRNA) loci in Arabidopsis. Most of them show meiotic recombination dependent, significantly enriched in genic regions and exhibiting positive correlation with meiocyte-preferential gene expression unrelated to DNA methylation. Here we provide the “Season 2” of our sRNA series. We found that the positive gene-ms-sRNA association is also conserved in soybean and analyzed the conservation and divergence of sRNAs in flowering plants. We are hoping to provide you our “sRNA Season 3 Story” in the coming future.