Yingjun Yu: The Plant Cell First Author

Yingjun Yu, co-first author of BBX19 fine-tunes the circadian rhythm by interacting with PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR proteins to facilitate their repressive effect on morning-phased clock genes

Current position: PhD candidate in Prof. Lei Wang’s lab at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Education: B.S. in Northwest A&F University, China

Non-scientific Interests: Reading, Music etc.

Brief Bio:

My keen interest in plants began with a class which I took about Plant Physiology during college, which refreshed my view on plants existing as lifeless creatures. Since then, I am eager to think how sessile plants deal with various difficult problems intelligently and grow well in the ever-changing environment. It is so fortunate for me to join the professor Lei Wang’s lab after graduating from university. In here, I found that the circadian clock, just acts as the “brain” of plants, in which it can not only regulate the fundamental growth and development processes of plants such as flowering time, but also respond to the changes in surrounding environment in a timely manner. More importantly, clock can even predict the upcoming trends of light and temperature signals, just like a “prophet” and “command” plants to prepare in advance. All these powerful capabilities of circadian clock make me realize the importance of circadian clock for plant fitness and survival. I am very pleased that our recent work can contribute to the research on fine-tuning regulation of clock. In the future, I will continue to focus on and work on the maintenance and regulation of circadian rhythms, hoping to explore the secrets of clock and decipher the “brain” of plants more deeply.