Yiming Yu: The Plant Cell First Author

Yiming Yu, co-first author of “Multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 editing of DNA methyltransferases in rice uncovers a class of non-CG methylation specific for GC-rich regions

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, School of Life Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China

Education: B.S. and M.S. in Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Non-scientific Interests: traveling, basketball, and movies

Brief bio: During my master’s degree, I had the honor to join the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, under the tutelage of Prof. Qifa Zhang and Prof. Yiyan Ouyang, to explore the biological mechanism of heterosis in rice. After graduating, I joined the lab of Dr. Jixian Zhai at the Southern University of Science and Technology, to start my Ph.D. studies. In cooperation with the group of Prof. Kejian Wang from the China National Rice Research Institute, we have used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to prepare a series of methylation mutants to systematically study the regulatory network and mechanism of non-CG methylation in rice. Now, I focused on the plant DNA methylation and demethylation, as well as the splicing kinetics of plants based on full-length nascent RNA sequencing.