Meng Chen, Assistant Professor  

Meng Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute, 2007
Ph.D., Plant Physiology, Iowa State University, 1999
B.S./M.S., Biochemistry, Iowa State University, 1994
FR/SO, Biochemistry, NanKai University (China), 1989

Office Location: FFSC: 3103
Office Phone: (919) 684-8442
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Cell and Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology

Research Categories: Mechanisms of light signaling and regulation of nuclear organization in plants

Current projects: 1. To determine the function of phytochrome nuclear bodies in light signaling, 2. To determine how chloroplast development is initiated by phytochrome signaling?

Research Description: How developmental programs of higher eukaryotes are regulated by environmental cues is a fundamental question in developmental biology. Our lab uses the light-dependent plant seedling development (or photomorphogenesis) as the model system to address this question. In particular, we focus on early signaling mechanisms of phytochromes, a family of red/far-red photoreceptors. We use Arabidopsis thaliana as the model species and complementary genetic, cell biological, biochemical, and genomic approaches.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Feng, C.-M., Qiu, Y., Van Buskirk, E.K., Yang, E.J., Chen, M., Light-regulated gene repositioning in Arabidopsis, Nat Commun, vol. 5:3027 (January 6, 2014), pp. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4027 .
  2. RM Galvão, M Li, SM Kothadia, JD Haskel, PV Decker, EK Van Buskirk, M Chen, Photoactivated phytochromes interact with HEMERA and promote its accumulation to establish photomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis., Genes Dev, vol. 26 no. 16 (August, 2012), pp. 1851-63 [doi]  [abs].
  3. EK Van Buskirk, PV Decker, M Chen, Photobodies in light signaling., Plant Physiol, vol. 158 no. 1 (January, 2012), pp. 52-60 [doi]  [abs].
  4. M Chen, J Chory, Phytochrome signaling mechanisms and the control of plant development., Trends Cell Biol, vol. 21 no. 11 (November, 2011), pp. 664-71 [doi]  [abs].
  5. M Chen, RM Galvão, M Li, B Burger, J Bugea, J Bolado, J Chory, Arabidopsis HEMERA/pTAC12 initiates photomorphogenesis by phytochromes., Cell, vol. 141 no. 7 (June, 2010), pp. 1230-40 [doi]  [abs].

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