Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Mingxing Chang

Mingxing Chang, first author of the OsPHT1;3 Mediates Uptake, Translocation and Remobilization of Phosphate under Extremely Low Phosphate Regimes

Current position: PhD student of Nanjing Agriculture University

Education: PhD student, MOA Key Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and Fertilization in Lower-Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River, State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China.

Non-scientific Interests: Photography, badminton, science fiction

Brief bio: In 2012, I passed the National Graduate Student Entrance Examination and became a postgraduate student of Nanjing Agriculture University majoring in plant nutrition. In 2014, I was lucky to start my PhD career under the supervision of Prof. Guohua Xu, the PI of the laboratory of plant nutrition biology that is affiliated with the State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement. My research topic was mainly focused on the cloning and functional characterization of key genes involved in the transport of phosphate in rice, especially on the identification of genes encoding plasma membrane localized proteins with putative activity to transport phosphate. I hope to switch to studying the regulation of plant phosphate transporters in the future, as some of the pivotal and important factors of this field are sophisticated and fascinating, yet largely remains unknown.