Yongjian Qiu and Elise Pasoreck published their recent work on phytochrome signaling in Nature Communications. This article reports a new light signaling mechanism that Arabidopsis phytochrome B utilizes its C-terminal domain as a signaling output module to mediate a central light signaling event - the degradation of the nodal transcription factor PIF3. This project was initiated when Meng was a postdoc in Dr. Joanne Chory's laboratory at the Salk Institute. This is a collaborative project with Prof. Wenxiu Ma from Department of Statistics at UCR and Prof. Akira Nagatani from Kyoto University. Here are the links to UCR press release and the article.
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 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 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!
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!