Summer Research Internship
Project 28 Cloning and Functional Characterization of Rice Male Sterile Genes

Contact Information

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 the male reproductive development, there are numerous biological events including cell division, differentiation and degeneration of somatic tissues consisting of four concentric cell layers surrounding and supporting reproductive cells as they form mature pollen grains through meiosis and mitosis.


The objective of the project is to understand the mechanism of plant male reproduction. We are combining systematic biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabonomics) with other approaches such as genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and structure biology 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.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Opportunities are available for majors in Computer Science, Biology and Plant Science.
  • The interested student should have a basic knowledge of biology
  • Prior experiences in biology research would be preferred.  


Main Tasks

Design experimental scheme

Perform experiment

Analyze experimental result

Write the experiment report





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