Xingxing Li: Plant Physiology First Author

Xingxing Li, first author of “Cellulose synthesis complexes are homo-oligomeric and hetero-oligomeric in Physcomitrium patens

Current Position: Postdoc, DOE Great Lake Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the Michigan State University, USA

Education: PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology (University of Rhode Island, USA); M.S in Biological Science (University of Notre Dame, USA); B.S. in Biological Science (California State University, Chico, USA)

Non-scientific Interests: fishing and traveling

Brief bio: My research interests are in small molecules/metabolites produced by plant (what they are, what they do and how they are produced). I received my PhD training in the laboratory of Prof. Alison Roberts at the University of Rhode Island beginning in 2013, during which I developed my molecular biology expertise by participating in a project focusing on cellulose synthesis mechanisms in the model bryophyte, Physcomitrium patens. In 2018, I joined the laboratory of Prof. Rob Last at the Michigan State University. My postdoc research focuses on the specialized metabolism in the dedicated bioenergy crop Panicum virgatum (switchgrass). My current training involves metabolomics as well analytical chemistry. I plan to employ this experience to continue exploring plant metabolism and gene function in the future.