Yu-Ting Li, first author of “C4 species utilize fluctuating light less efficiently than C3 species”
Current Position：Post-doctoral in Agronomy College of Shandong Agricultural University, China
Education: BS in biotechnology, Taishan University, MS and DS in botany, Shandong Agricultural University, China
Non-scientific Interests: Drawing; Watching movies; Traveling with friends
Photosynthesis is the most mysterious and fascinating metabolic process in plant. My research goals are to understand how photosynthesis works, how it is regulated, and how it might be improved. I used focused on the PSI and PSII photoprotection under stress and have obtained my PhD degree at the Gao Huiyuan research group in Shandong Agricultural University. At present, I am a postdoctoral in Liu Peng research group. Recently, my research focuses on the difference between species that operate C3 or C4 photosynthesis in their response to fluctuating environment. It was observed that C4 photosynthesis was more sensitive to fluctuating environment than C3 photosynthesis. This result provides an opportunity to improve C4 photosynthesis on the basis of its particular metabolism, instead of using methods that rely on improving C3 photosynthesis. Furthermore, this study prompted us to redesign the C4 pathway while introducing C4 photosynthesis into C3 crops.