In 2010, I began my master study in Wenbiao Shen's group and my project was focused on gas signaling transduction in tomato lateral root formation. In 2013, I received my MSc Science: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. I joined the Beeckman lab in VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology for my PhD training in 2014, funded by Chinese Scholarship Council. At the start of my PhD study, I was awarded the Lotus scholarship, with the support of the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union. My PhD project has been focused on dichotomous root branching in the lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii. I have been studying the anatomy, ultrastructure, transcriptome and hormonal effects on the process using multiple techniques. My published Frontiers paper "Root Branching Is Not Induced by Auxins in Selaginella moellendorffii" is F1000Prime recommended. I have recently passed the closed defense as a PhD candidate and I am expected to obtain my PhD degree in Science: Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Ghent University in February 2021.
Predoctoral fellow @ Root Development