Shengbin Liu, first author of “Brachypodium distachyon UNICULME4 and LAXATUM-A are redundantly required for development”
Current Position: Research Associate – The third people’s hospital of Chengdu (China)
Education : Bachelor of Biological Sciences, Dali University; Master：Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sichuan Agricultural University; PhD：Biology，Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay, Universite Paris-Saclay
Non-scientific Interests: basketball, travel, gardening, botanical expedition, gastronomy, and cuisine
Brief bio: My passion towards plant science began when I was growing up in the countryside. I participated in agricultural labor in all my spare time. In addition, my hometown (Yunnan) has unique plant resources; hence I applied for the major of biological science in undergraduate study. In 2012, I graduated from Dali University with a bachelor’s degree. In the same year, I joined the lab of Prof. Rongjun Chen and Prof. Zhengjun Xu at Rice Research Institute of Sichuan Agricultural University, participated in a rice stress physiology research project. After postgraduate in 2015, I worked in Zigong Center for Disease Control and Prevention, engaged in nosocomial infection monitoring, and disease prevention and control. Based on my interest in plant research, I applied for and obtained the scholarship from China Scholarship Council in 2016 to pursue my doctoral degree in biology, working with Dr. Pascal RATET, University of Paris-Saclay (France). While at Paris, my work focused on understanding the genetic control of NBCL genes in the leguminous model plants Medicago truncatula and pea and their influence on plant growth and development, including root nodules and aboveground parts. At the same time, I also studied the effect of NBCL genes on the growth and development of the monocotyledonous model plant Brachypodium distachyon. Through their in-depth study, our findings show that these genes not only play an important role in the underground and aboveground parts of dicot plants but are also crucial for monocot development. Provided that, even after becoming a medicine science researcher during my Graduate School period, I have been constantly engaged in botanical research, as well.