Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Wei Zeng

Wei Zeng, first author of Modulation of auxin signaling and development by polyadenylation machinery

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China

Education: M.S. in College of Life Sciences, Xinyang Normal University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Music, movie, badminton

Brief bio: During my Ph.D. student I learned a lot and became interested in roles of auxin in Arabidopsis. I focused on the relationship between auxin signaling and pre-mRNA 3’-end processing. For further study, I used CRISPR technology, genetic analysis, physiological experiment, PAS-Seq to investigate. I found cstf77 mutants displayed severe developmental defects, took part in auxin signaling and regulated distribution of PACs and poly(A) site choices of auxin-related genes. In the future, I will prepare to research auxin signaling and pre-mRNA 3’-end processing in rice or maize.