Recognizing The Plant Cell author Meiyue Wang

Meiyue Wang, first author of An atlas of wheat epigenetic regulatory elements reveals subgenome-divergence in the regulation of development and stress responses

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences

Education: Bachelor of Agronomy in Nanjing Agricultural University; Ph.D. candidate of Genetics in CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Shanghai, China

Non-scientific interests: Traditional Chinese medicine, playing cards, cooking and hiking

Brief bio: I came to Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology to study for my Ph.D. degree in 2016. I was lucky to join Prof. Yijing Zhang’s Lab after rotation. My work focused on the regulatory differentiation between wheat subgenomes. Common wheat has an extremely large and complex genome which is formed by interspecific hybridization of three different diploid species. Comparing to its ancestors, common wheat has a wider range of adaptations to the environment, which is resulted from the convergence of subgenomes previously adapted to different environments. The specificity encoded in wheat genome determining the subgenome-divergent spatio-temporal regulation has been largely unexplored, which is hampered by the considerable size and complexity of the genome. Therefore, we analyzed the epigenome and transcriptome data in different growing stages and under different abiotic stress and found that subgenome divergence is regulated by coordinated interplay between RE sequence contexts, epigenetic factors, and transcription factors.