Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yu Zhang

Yu Zhang, first author of Astaxanthin is ketolated from zeaxanthin independent of fatty acid synthesis in Chromochloris zofingiensis

Current Position: PhD candidate, Laboratory for Algae Biotechnology & Innovation, Peking University

Education: PhD candidate in Bioengineering (Peking University); BSc in Food Science and Engineering (Inner Mongolia University)

Non-scientific Interests: playing basketball, running, swimming

Brief bio: How happy is it to find something that interests you and is willing to give time, energy. For me, research is like this. The process of scientific research is just like Conan’s case. You find some phenomena, collect clues, find methods, and finally uncover the truth after the fog. Fortunate to join Pro. Jin Liu’s group, I discovered the uniqueness of lipogenesis and carotenogenesis in Chromochloris zofingiensis, and its great potential as an oleaginous astaxanthin-producing alga. Nevertheless, there are still many questions that need to be discussed further, which is exactly the direction of my work. I am convinced that scientific research will bring everything back to nature.