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Dr Weibing Yang

Dr Weibing Yang

Post Doctoral Researcher

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

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

Research Interests

Plant cell walls play important roles in plant morphogenesis and growth plasticity. Although the cell walls of differentiated tissues have been extensively studied, little is known about the cell walls in the shoot apical meristem (SAM), which contains a group of pluripotent stem cells that give rise to all the above-ground parts of the mature plant. I am working together with Dr Raymond Wightman to study the walls of plant stem cells. We are taking advantage of next-generation transcriptome_sequencing, chemical linkage analysis, live microscope imaging, and computational modelling, aiming to generate a global cell wall gene expression map within the SAM and relate gene activity to cell wall composition, structure, remodelling and SAM morphodynamics.

Key Publications

Yang, W., Gao, M., Yin, X., Liu, J., Xu, Y., Zeng, L., Li, Q., Zhang, S., Wang, J., Zhang, X., and He, Z. (2013). Control of Rice Embryo Development, Shoot Apical Meristem Maintenance and Grain Yield by a Novel Cytochrome P450. Molecular plant, 2013. doi: 10.1093/mp/sst107

Yang, W.,* Ren, S.,* Zhang, X.,* Gao, M., Ye, S., Qi, Y., Zheng, Y., Wang, J., Zeng, L., Li, Q., Huang, S., and He, Z. (2011). BENT UPPERMOST INTERNODE1 encodes the class II formin FH5 crucial for actin organization and rice development. Plant Cell 23: 661-680. (*equal contribution)

Zhang, Y., Zhang, B., Yan, D., Dong, W., Yang, W., Li., Q, Zeng, L., Wang, J., Wang, L., Hicks, L.M., and He, Z. (2011). Two Arabidopsis cytochrome P450 monooxygenases, CYP714A1 and CYP714A2, function redundantly in plant development through gibberellin deactivation. Plant Journal 67:342-353.

Yu, N., Luo, D., Zhang, X., Liu, J., Wang, W., Jin, Y., Dong, W., Liu, J., Liu, H., Yang, W., Zeng, L., Li, Q., He, Z., Oldroyd, GED., and Wang, E. (2014). A DELLA protein complex controls the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in plants. Cell Research 24: 130–133.