Zhiwu Dan: Plant Physiology First Author

Zhiwu Dan, first author of “The metabolomic landscape of rice heterosis highlights pathway biomarkers for predicting complex phenotypes”

Current Position: Postdoctoral, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Education: PhD in Genetics, Wuhan University

Non-scientific Interests: gardening, fishing, running

Brief bio:  I started to investigate the mechanisms of heterosis for rice agronomic traits since 2011 and obtained my PhD in genetics under the mentorship of Academician Yingguo Zhu. Now I, as a postdoctoral in the State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Rice, am seeking the molecular mechanisms underlying complex phenotypes using technologies of systems biology. In my research, I identified heterosis-associated analytes for different traits and developed pathway biomarkers for yield heterosis with machine learning methods using an untargeted metabolite profiling strategy. The exploration of precise biomarkers that have high predictability across populations and environments for complex phenotypes contributes to the breeding of heterotic and adaptive hybrid crops. In the long run, my goal is to display a comprehensive molecular landscape for complex phenotypes and identifying robust biomarkers (without considering discrepancies in populations, environments, and developmental stages) for accelerating the establishment of precision design programs. Furthermore, I am also interested in the molecular evolution of rice.


目前职位:博士后, 武汉大学

教育背景:遗传学博士, 武汉大学