Prof. Dabing Zhang
Project Description and Objectives
The life cycle of flowering plants alternates between diploid sporophyte and haploid gametophyte generations. Male gametophytes develop in the anther compartment of the stamen within the flower and require cooperative functional interactions between gametophytic and sporophytic tissues. During male reproductive development numerous biological events occur, including cell division, differentiation and degeneration of somatic tissues. The degeneration consists of four concentric cell layers surrounding and supporting reproductive cells as they form mature pollen grains through meiosis and mitosis. To understand the mechanisms of male plant reproduction, we are combining systematic biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabonomics) with other approaches such as genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and structure biology. This is done to elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying each biological process of male reproduction, such as cell-to-cell communications, programmed cell death, and fatty acids metabolism.
Applicants must have basic knowledge of biology.
Experience in research in biology would be in advantage.
The student will be involved in all stages of the project:
1）Design an experimental scheme
3）Analyze experimental results
4）Write the experiment report