Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Xi Gu

Xi Gu, first author of Plasma Membrane Phylloquinone Biosynthesis in Nonphotosynthetic Parasitic Plants

Current Position: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Bayer Crop Science, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Education: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, M.S. in Statistics, The University of Georgia, GA, U.S.A.

Non-scientific Interests: hiking, water repelling, baking, travel

Brief bio: When I completed my undergraduate training in biological science, microarray analysis was state-of-the-art, and next generation sequencing was on the horizon.  Advances in statistics and computational biology, and increasing availability of large datasets, impressed upon me the potential of data mining.  Therefore, I continued my education in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics. I enjoy exploring existing datasets to generate insights that can provide direction for future experimentation. It’s just like gold mining to me because I never know where I will find the next shining piece. The uncertainty is challenging, but also fascinating and rewarding.