Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Lei Liang

Lei Liang, co-first author of A sequence-indexed Mutator insertional library for maize functional genomics study

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate. State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, National Maize Improvement Center, College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, China, 2017-present

Education: Bachelor of Agronomy, College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, Southwest University, China, 2013-2017

Non-scientific Interests: basketball, music, and travel

Brief bio: I have been interested in the colorful plant world and how it can be beneficial for people since I was a primary school student. I was first introduced into the world of plant science during my undergraduate studies at Southwest University. When I assiduously study for my Ph.D., I was fortunate to engage in maize molecular genetics research in Dr. Rentao Song’s lab. This project was where I first encountered Mutator (Mu) transposable elements. Due to the high mutagenic activity, Mu elements have been used to generate maize mutant collections since 1990s. I was fortunate enough to participate in the construction of sequence-indexed maize Mu insertional library named ChinaMu. During this process, large amounts of data about Mu elements were generated, which can serve as the study of Mu characteristics. I will then work on this aspect of research.