Meng Wang, first author of TaANR1-TaBG1 and TaWabi5-TaNRT2s/NARs link ABA metabolism and nitrate acquisition in wheat roots
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Education: Bachelor degree (2006-2010): Shandong University, China; Doctor degree (a master-doctor joint program, 2010-2015): Shandong University, China; Visiting student (2013-2014): The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), Austrian Academy of Sciences
Non-scientific Interests: football, pop-music
Brief bio: Friends are always asking “Meng, why do you choose wheat? It is too difficult to study”. Indeed, bread wheat, a crop with a larrrrge (even five times larger of human’s) and compleeex genome, may not be ideal for an early-career researcher. Starting from 2010, this is the tenth year that I accompany with wheat. I begin to understand wheat a bit, and for example, without such a large genome, wheat may not be able to become a world-wide staple crop.
During these ten years, I got my Ph.D. degree supervised by Prof. Guangmin Xia (Shandong University, China), I then joint Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and I was also elected as a member in Young Elite Scientist Promotion Program of China Association for Science and Technology. Some of my studies, focusing on improving bread wheat to adapt to environmental stresses, particularly the salinity stress and the nutritional deficiency, have been published on the Plant Cell, Trends in Plant Science, Trends in Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, etc. So, at least I believe that, bread wheat is not a bad choice.