Ziai Qi: Plant Physiology First Author

Ziai Qi, co-first author of “Dual-function DEFENSIN 8 mediates phloem cadmium unloading and accumulation in rice grains”

Current position: graduate student

Education: Study in CAS Center of Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Shanghai, China

B.S in Southwest University, Chongqing, China

Non-scientific Interests: Calligraphy

Brief bio: I joined the Center of Excellence for Molecular Plant Sciences in 2019 under the tutelage of Professor Jiming Gong. My research is focusing on root behavior in response to heavy metal stress. I cooperated with senior fellow apprentice Tianyu Gu in this study and completed the research on defensin gene DEF8, which provided a new perspective for reducing cadmium accumulation in rice grains and contributing to food security.