Recognizing The Plant Cell authors: Yi Ren

Yi Ren, author of Evolutionary Gain of Oligosaccharide Hydrolysis and Sugar Transport Enhanced Carbohydrate Partitioning in Sweet Watermelon Fruits

Name: Yi Ren

Current Position: Associate Research Fellow, Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS), Beijing, China

Education: PhD in vegetable science and master degree in crop genetic breeding, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), bachelor degree in plant protection, University of Shenyang Agriculture

Non-scientific Interests: I like gardening, climbing, hiking, swimming and cooking.

Brief bio: While getting my PhD, I did a visiting scholar in the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University working on sugar transporter. After getting my PhD, I did UDP-galactose transporter research as a post-doc in the Joint Bioenergy Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I focus my research on the sweet genes in watermelon, an important and high yield but poorly understood crop. Currently, I contributed to the regulation of sweet genes and the development of technology using for watermelon breeding and cultivating, which provides new challenges for me. I was happy to work on these topics. I am grateful for all the teachers and friends who have lent me a hand on my way and my family in my life.