Yongliang Liu, co-first author of GATA and PIF transcription factors regulate light-induced vindoline biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus
Current Position: Scientist I, The Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, University of Kentucky, USA
Education: PhD, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Non-scientific interests: Basketball, running, and Chinese history
Brief bio: I have always been interested in the biosynthesis and regulation of specialized metabolites in crop and medicinal plants. My Ph.D. research and subsequent postdoctoral training at the South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, were centered around carotenoid biosynthesis in Lycium (Goji), an important food and medicinal plant, as well as alkaloid biosynthesis in the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus. For the past few years, I have been focusing on the effects of environmental signals, including light, on terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in C. roseus. We found that the light-induced vindoline biosynthesis in Catharanthus seedlings is regulated by GATA and PIF transcription factors. I am also working on the regulation of alkaloid biosynthesis in tobacco. My goals include elucidating the conserved or unique molecular regulatory mechanisms that control the accumulation of specialized metabolites under biotic or abiotic stimulation.
刘永亮，文章“GATA and PIF transcription factors regulate light-induced biosynthesis of vinca-alkaloid vindoline”的共同第一作者
目前职位：Scientist I, The Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, University of Kentucky, USA