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Dr Mingjun Gao

Dr Mingjun Gao

Laboratory Technician

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100

Research Interests

Mingjun was a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Zuhua He in the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Mingjun received her PhD in Genetics in June 2013. Her thesis research focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying rice immunity. Mingjun identified and functionally characterized two GDSL lipases, which negatively regulate defense responses in rice.
Mingjun works with Brachypodium distachyon, another key model for monocot plant research. Brachypodium is closely related to key crop plants such as wheat and barley, suggesting research results may have high application potential for improving food production. Mingjun has established a Brachypodium transformation system in the lab. By using CRISPR genome-editing methods, she will investigate the conservation and diversification of floral induction pathways in Brachypodium, and identify signaling pathways that mediate Brachypodium growth and development to a changing environment.

Key Publications

Phytochromes Function as Thermosensors in Arabidopsis. Jung JH., Domijan M., Klose C., Biswas S., Ezer D., Gao M., Khattak AK., Box MS., Charoensawan V., Cortijo S., Kumar M., Grant A., Locke JC., Schäfer E., Jaeger KE., Wigge PA. Science in press. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6005

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