Recognizing The Plant Cell author Hanyang Cai

Name: Hanyang Cai, first author of Spatiotemporal control of miR398 biogenesis via chromatin remodelling and kinase signaling ensures proper ovule development

Current Position: Assistant professor, College of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China

Education: Ph.D., Genetics at Fujian Agriculture and forestry university, China; Master, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Fujian Agriculture and forestry university.

Non-scientific Interests: History and traditional culture.

Brief bio: In 2014, after obtaining my master degree, I joined in Yuan Qin’s lab at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) as a research assistant and started my research on the function of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complex SWR1. In order to pursue my education, I started my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Yuan Qin from Sep. 2016. During my Ph.D. degree, I focus on the Mechanism of SWR1 in Arabidopsis regulating ovule and inflorescence development. Through years of research, we have elucidated the mechanism by which SWR1 and ERECTA receptor kinase signaling pathway signaling together regulates inflorescence architecture through the activation of the brassinosteroid and auxin signaling pathways. In this study, we revealed that SWR1 acts with ERECTA signaling pathway to control female gametophyte and integument growth through spatiotemporal regulating miR398 accumulation in ovule.