Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Xinbin Dai

Xinbin Dai, co-first author of MtSSPdb: the Medicago truncatula Small Secreted Peptide Database

Current Position: Sr. Computational Biologist, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA

Education: Post-doc in plant biology division at Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation, United States; PhD in plant science at Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Stay with family and enjoy music

Brief bio: Because of my personal interest to computer science, I am always obsessed to explain biological phenomena using data analysis. I look at plant genomic sequences to discover novel genes that control important traits such as drought resistance or ability to efficiently use nitrogen and phosphorus from the soil. It is really interesting to explore the ocean of data and find its biological meaning. I hope the discovery of these novel genes and explanation of their roles will help scientist to deliver new cultivars with improved traits.