Yuan Guan, first author of “The nitrate transporter OsNPF7.9 mediates nitrate allocation and the divergent nitrate use efficiency between indica and japonica rice”
Current Position: Professor at Crop Breeding and Cultivation Research Institute, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), China
Education: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Non-scientific Interests: Singing, Playing the flute, Travelling
Brief bio: When working in Dr. Jiming Gong’s group as a research associate at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, I was focusing on the molecular mechanism of nitrate transport and nitrogen use efficiency in rice. Since 2012, we hope to understand the functional role rice NPF gene family in plant environmental adaption, and also to find more SNP sites within NPFs with the divergent nitrogen use efficiency between indica and japonica rice, which is expected to provide a basis for molecular improvement of rice nitrogen use. At present, my research focuses on the molecular breeding of nutritional quality in sweet corn and waxy corn at Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences.