My research journey in plant physiology started when I was an undergraduate research assistant at South China Agricultural University. During this time, Dr. Xuming Huang and Dr. Huicong Wang imparted their passions for fruit tree physiology to me and guided me to study the physiological processes underlying leaf development and environmental stresses on photosynthesis. I went on to pursue my Ph.D. at Iowa State University under the mentorship of Dr. Basil Nikolau, studying the compartment-specific metabolism associated with acetyl-CoA metabolism and acyl carrier protein. My Ph.D. work revealed the key physiological and metabolic roles of two compartment-specific isozymes associated with acetate homeostasis, as well as three acyl carrier protein isoforms involved in mitochondrial fatty acid biosynthesis. Basil shared his enthusiasm for biochemistry and always encouraged me to develop new skills necessary to dissect the complexity of metabolism, including mass spectrometry, stable isotope tracer techniques, statistics, and programming to automate metabolomics data analysis. With a firm interest in understanding metabolic network at the system level, I joined Dr. Berkley Walker’s group at Michigan State University as a postdoc, working with an interdisciplinary team to develop analytical and modeling tools to quantify metabolic fluxes through plant metabolism.

Career Status:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Areas:
Metabolism, Ecophysiology, Biochemistry, Genetics

Volunteer Activities

Conference volunteer for the ASPB Plant Biology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii (2017)

Facilitator of the Graduate College Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (2017)

Volunteered to present the history, varieties and culture of Chinese tea for Ericson Public Library, Boone, Iowa (2016)

Co-organizer of 2016 Interdepartmental Plant Biology Loomis Mini-Symposium, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (2015-2016)

Co-organizer of Career Development Workshop Series, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (2015-2016) 

Secretary of Graduate Student Organization of Plant Biologists, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (2013-2015) 

Conference volunteer for the 6th World Congress on Allelopathy, Guangzhou, China (2011), 1st International Conference of Asian Allelopathy Society, Guangzhou, China (2009), and the 7th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at low pH, Guangzhou, China (2009)

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education