Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Guanxiao Chang

Guanxiao Chang, first author of ABI5-BINDING PROTEIN 2 Coordinates CONSTANS to Delay Flowering by Recruiting the Transcriptional Corepressor TPR2

Current position, Postdoctoral Researcher, Key Laboratory of Plant Stress Biology, State Key Laboratory of Cotton Biology, School of Life Sciences, Henan University, China.

Education: Ph.D in plant molecular biology; Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China: M.S. in plant biology, School of Life Sciences, Henan University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Listening to music, feeding and playing with cats or dogs.

Brief bio: As a Ph.D. student, I had worked in the laboratories of my Ph.D advisor Dr. Xiangyang Hu and Professor Yongping Yang, where I received training in plant physiology and plant molecular biology. My research project is to explore the function of ABA-Insensitive Five binding proteins (AFPs) in Arabidopsis. I compared the flowering time of loss-of-function AFPs and their corresponding transgenic lines, and proposed the novel function of AFP2 in controlling photoperiod-dependent flowering time by recruiting the transcriptional corepressor TPR2. After I graduated (in July, 2018), I joined Dr. Chunpeng Song and Jinling Huang’s lab at Henan University, where I started to investigate the mechanism of horizontal gene transfer in basal plants, moss or liverwort.