Weiwei Fang, first author of “TANDEM ZINC-FINGER/PLUS3 Regulates Phytochrome B Abundance and Signaling to Fine-tune Hypocotyl Growth”
Name: Weiwei Fang
Current position: Post-doctoral researcher at University of Milan (starting in September 2022).
Education: PhD in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, supervised by Dr Eirini Kaiserli and Prof. John Christie, University of Glasgow.
Non-scientific interests: Traveling, Hiking.
Brief bio: I obtained a BSc and MSc in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture before starting my PhD project in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Glasgow. I was fascinated by the light-shaped herbaceous community structure observed in previous field research and the curiosity of how plant growth is regulated by light was the trigger for pursuing a PhD project in Photobiology. Once I started my project, I was fascinated by how signaling network operate among different photoreceptors and downstream components to regulate plant growth and development in response to light. TANDEM ZINC-FINGER PLUS3 (TZP), the main protein of our research interest, is one of the components acting at the crossroad of different light, clock and hormone signaling pathways and functions in a wavelength-specific manner to control plant developmental transitions and adaptation. My PhD was a great opportunity to acquire advanced molecular biology and genetics skills and investigate how light acts as a signal to shape plant architecture. After this fascinating and challenging explorative journey, my passion for plants never faded and the more I learned, the more curious I became in understanding deeper the molecular mechanisms governing plant adaptation and growth. My aspirations are to pursue a career in Plant Science research with the aim to benefit Agriculture in the future.
My co-authors and I are delighted to have this work published in The Plant Cell.
论文：TANDEM ZINC-FINGER/PLUS3 Regulates Phytochrome B Abundance and Signaling to Fine-tune Hypocotyl Growth
个人简介：在格拉斯哥大学读分子生物学博士之前，我在本科和硕士期间学习的专业是园林和园艺。在此间进行的野外考察中，我对被光塑造的草本群落结构深深着迷，随之产生的疑问，即“光是怎样调节植物生长？”这一问题驱使我开启了光生物学博士之旅。开始我的博士课题后，我沉迷于研究在受到光激发后，由多种光受体及其下游的关键因子组成的信号网络如何调控植物的生长和发育。我们实验室的主要研究对象——TANDEM ZINC-FINGER PLUS3 (TZP)，就是其中一个关键因子。它处在各种光质、光周期、激素等信号通路的交叉口，对植物发育、适应性的调节具有在不同光质通路中的特异性。我的博士生涯对掌握先进的分子生物学和遗传学技能、探索光作为信号对植物形态的塑造是一次宝贵的经历。经过这次美妙又艰辛的探索之旅，我仍然保持着对植物的热忱，并且所学越多，我对控制植物生长和适应性的更深层次的分子机制也产生了更多疑问。因此我期望继续在植物科学领域从事研究工作，并且希望在将来的某个时候，我的研究能对农业及相关产业的发展做出一些贡献。