Puneet Paul, first author of MADS78 and MADS79 are essential regulators of early seed development in rice
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Education: Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Non-scientific Interests: reading non-fiction
Brief bio: I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Plant Science from the University of Delhi, India. After that I joined Prof. Anil Grover’s lab as a project assistant and worked on protein-protein interaction of heat stress responsive proteins in rice. I next moved to Germany to pursue a Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Enrico Schleiff at Goethe University. Here, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network that was established to investigate the fundamentals of pollen thermotolerance in tomato. My project focused on understanding protein homeostasis during pollen development at higher temperatures. In mid-2016, I joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the lab of Dr. Harkamal Walia as a post-doc where I am now working on understanding the regulation of seed development in rice. Related to this publication, we report that MADS78 and 79 are essential for normal seed development in rice. Mis-regulation of either gene results in seed abnormalities due to mis-timed developmental transition of the endosperm and the downstream impacts on grain quality.
个人简介：我从印度德里大学获得了植物科学的学士学位和硕士学位。之后，我加入了Anil Grover教授的实验室，担任项目助理，并致力于水稻热应激响应蛋白的蛋白与蛋白互作研究。接下来，我在德国歌德大学Enrico Schleiff教授的实验室攻读博士学位。在这里，我很幸运地成为Marie Curie初步训练网络的一员，该网络的建立是为了研究番茄花粉耐热性的基本原理。我的项目致力于了解较高温度下花粉发育过程中的蛋白质稳态。在2016年中，我加入了内布拉斯加大学林肯分校Harkamal Walia博士实验室，进行博士后研究。目前，我正在研究水稻种子发育的调控机理。在发表的文章中，我们阐述了MADS78和79对于水稻种子的正常发育是至关重要的。任何一个基因的异常调控都会导致种子中胚乳发育的异常，并最终影响谷物的品质。