Yang Gao: The Plant Cell First Author

Yang Gao, first author of “Chloroplast translational regulation uncovers nonessential photosynthesis genes as key players in plant cold acclimation”

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Translational Regulation in Plants headed by Dr. Reimo Zoschke at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm.

Education: Ph.D. in Biology and Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and University of Potsdam, Germany; M.Sc. in Genetics and Cytology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China; B.Sc. in Biology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China.

Non-scientific Interests: Traveling, scuba diving, hiking, gardening, and movies.

Brief bio: I have been always fascinated by plants. My master thesis work in the lab of Prof. Dr. Bao Liu inspired me to conduct fundamental research in Plant Molecular Biology. After completing my M.Sc., I got the great opportunity to join the lab of Prof. Dr. Ralph Bock at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology for my Ph.D. studies. Here, I started my research journey within the field of plastid gene expression supervised by Dr. Reimo Zoschke. I have been enjoying very much the research environment and scientific discussions in our institute, which convinced me to stay for my first postdoc work. With this, I continue to study translational regulation and ribosome behavior during acclimation processes to changing environmental conditions.