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Emily is featured in ASBMB TODAY

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Emily is featured in the October issue of ASBMB TODAY for her Tabor Award!  Congratulations! Here is the link: http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/201710/News/Yang/

Congratulations! Dr. Emily Yang!

July 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations! Dr. Emily Yang!

Emily has successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations, Dr. Yang! We wish Emily all the best in her postdoctoral work at Columbia University! We would like to send special thanks to Prof. Tai-ping Sun at Duke for taking care of Emily when she was away from the lab.  Also, many thanks to her committee members - Philip Benfey, Dave McClay, and Tso-Pang Yao - for their valuable suggestions and advice to Emily in the past years.

Emily received a JBC/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award, congratulations!

June 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Emily received a JBC/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award, congratulations!

Emily received a JBC/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award at the 28th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research in St. Louis, MO (June 19-23, 2017). Emily gave a short talk on her Ph.D. work on identification of a novel light signaling component in controlling chloroplast biogenesis. The JBC/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Awards are given annually to students, postdoctoral researchers, and pre-tenure faculty members who exemplify Tabor's values of creativity and scientific excellence. Read more on the JBC website. Congratulations, Emily!  

M. Chen lab hosts a 2017 CEPCEB REU student, Ngoc (Iris) Tran.

June 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on M. Chen lab hosts a 2017 CEPCEB REU student, Ngoc (Iris) Tran.

M. Chen lab will host another summer CEPCEB REU student - Ngoc (Iris) Tran.  This is the second year that we participate in the NSF-funded summer undergraduate research program in the Center for Plant Cell Biology at UCR. Iris will work with Dr. Keunhwa Kim, a senior scientist, to characterize the mechanism of subcellular protein sorting in plants. Welcome Iris!

Yongjian will give a talk at the “Light Biology” session of the 2017 Plant Biology meeting in Hawaii.

May 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Yongjian will give a talk at the “Light Biology” session of the 2017 Plant Biology meeting in Hawaii.

Emily was invited to give a talk at the 2017 ICAR meeting

May 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Emily was invited to give a talk at the 2017 ICAR meeting

Chris Cheng received a Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) fellowship for his summer research project. Congratulations!

April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Chris Cheng received a Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) fellowship for his summer research project. Congratulations!

Chris Cheng was awarded a Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) fellowship to conduct undergraduate research in the M.Chen lab between June 26 and September 1, 2017.  Chris will be working with Chan Yul to investigate the mechanism of light signaling in controlling chloroplast biogenesis. Congratulations, Chris!

Emily won a travel award to attend the 2017 International Conference on Arabidopsis Research.

March 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Emily won a travel award to attend the 2017 International Conference on Arabidopsis Research.

Welcome Dr. Xiao-Teng Cai!

March 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Welcome Dr. Xiao-Teng Cai!

Dr. Xiao-teng Cai joined the M. Chen lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Xiao-teng obtained his Ph.D. from University of Science and Technology of China, where he worked with Prof. Chengbin Xiang on stress responses in Arabidopsis. Xiao-teng will investigate the mechanism of subnuclear reorganization by light signaling. Welcome Xiao-teng!

Andrew’s paper on the mechanism for dual-targeting HEMERA to plastids and the nucleus has been published in Plant Physiology.

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Andrew’s paper on the mechanism for dual-targeting HEMERA to plastids and the nucleus has been published in Plant Physiology.

Andrew Nevarez and Yongjian Qiu published their report in Plant Physiology on the mechanism of dual-targeting of HEMERA/pTAC12 to plastids and the nucleus. Their study suggests that the nuclear localization of HEMERA is mediated by a plastid-to-nucleus protein translocation mechanism - HEMERA is localized to plastids first before relocated to the nucleus. A similar mechanism was reported for WHIRLY1 in tobacco by Karin Krupinska and colleagues (Isemer R. et al. 2012 FEBS Lett 586(1):85-8). However, the mechanism of plastid-to-nuclear protein translocation is still largely unknown. Our study indicates that a plastid-to-nucleus retrograde protein translocation mechanism exists in Arabidopsis.  Chan Yul Yoo is a co-author of the paper. We collaborated with Dr. Danny Schnell's lab at Michigan State for the studies on HEMERA's chloroplast import. We would also like to thank Dr. Philip Benfey for supervising Andrew's work in the past year. Congratulations to all authors!  You can read the article here.