Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Linhui Yu

Linhui Yu, first author of Starch Deficiency Enhances Lipid Biosynthesis and Turnover in Leaves

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Bioscience Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA

Education: PhD in Plant Biology at the School of Life Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China.

Non-scientific Interests: Travelling, hiking, movies, reading.

Brief bio: I earned my doctoral degree in plant biology from University of Science and Technology of China, under the supervision of Dr. Chengbin Xiang. During my PhD training, I developed a broader interest in plant drought stress and root development. I worked on how the HD-ZIP transcription factor AtHDG11 modulating drought stress, and tried to apply this gene to improve the drought tolerance of rice, tobacco and cotton both in the laboratory and in the field. Meanwhile, I also investigated the molecular mechanisms of some root specific MADS-box transcription factors modulating root development in Arabidopsis. In 2016, I joined Dr. Changcheng Xu’s lab at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to study the regulatory network governing lipid biosynthesis and storage by a combination of cell biological, genetic and biochemical approaches. I am intrigued by how the environmental signals regulating the lipid biosynthesis and how lipid transport and degradation are regulated in plant. I hope that our studies can provide new insights into plant lipid metabolism and new ways to enhance oil yield in plant.