Zongcheng Lin, first author of Ectopic expression of a self-incompatibility module triggers growth arrest and cell death in vegetative cells
Current Position: FWO senior postdoc fellow, VIB-UGent joint Center for Plant Systems Biology, Belgium
Education: Bachelor, Harbin Institute of Technology; PhD, University of Birmingham
Non-scientific Interests: badminton, tennis, hiking, cooking
Brief bio: I started my research career at Harbin Institute of Technology, China, majoring in Bioengineering. Through a series of fortunate accidents, I ended up doing my PhD in Noni Franklin-Tong’s lab at the University of Birmingham. Here I established the functional transfer of the Papaver rhoeas self-incompatibility genes into Arabidopsis (“poppydopsis”). I then moved to Belgium on an independent FWO Fellowship. Using the “poppydopsis” system established during my PhD, I have been investigating the molecular mechanisms of self-incompatibility-induced programmed cell death in Moritz Nowack’s lab at VIB and showed that these genes can work ectopically in vegetative cells as well as in their normal reproductive function. In the future, I’d like to continue researching the molecular mechanisms of self-incompatibility, and the potential application of self-incompatibility in plant breeding.