Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Sheng Wang
Sheng Wang, first author of CYP76B74 catalyzes the 3′-hydroxylation of geranylhydroquinone in shikonin biosynthesis
Current Position: Assistant Researcher at National Resources Center of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
Education: B.S. in Resources & Development of Chinese Medicine, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, China; Ph.D. and M.S. in Chinese Material Medica, National Resources Center of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China.
Non-scientific Interests: Cycling, traveling, swimming and gardening.
Brief bio: My graduate supervisor Dr. Lanping Guo and doctoral supervisor Dr. Luqi Huang were from the same lab, State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Dao-di Herbs. Our lab mainly focuses on cellular and molecular biology of medicinal plants. My research interests focus is on physiological mechanisms and ecological effects of the secondary metabolites from medicinal plants. I began studying the biosynthesis of shikonin, which was a natural product from Arnebia euchroma, as a graduate student. My research focused on characterizing genes involved in shikonin biosynthesis pathway during my period as a doctoral student. After graduation, I stayed in our laboratory to work as an assistant. This study is still ongoing. I am trying to reveal the mechanism of the ring formation of shikonin.