Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Jun Zhou

Jun Zhou, co-first author of AtNBR1 is a selective autophagic receptor for AtExo70E2 in Arabidopsis

Current Position: Lecturer of the College of Biophotonics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China

Non-scientific Interests: music, hiking and reading

Brief bio: I completed my B.S in biotechnology at Henan University, China, in 2010. While at Henan University, I studied map-based cloning in the lab of Prof. Chunpeng Song and first contacted with scientific research. I completed my M.S./PhD in biophysics at South China Normal University in 2015. My PhD work was focused on the interplays between photoprotection and plant disease resistance. I continued my post-doctoral research in the lab of Prof. Liwen Jiang. Using the CRISPR-Cas9 system, we generated two novel loss-of-function nbr1 mutants (nbr1-c1 and nbr1-c2). At the genetic and cellular level, we provided evidence that AtNBR1 functions as the selective autophagy receptor for AtExo70E2 during autophagy in Arabidopsis.