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Plant Molecular Biology

Plant Molecular Biology

An International Journal on Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry

Editor-in-Chief: Motoaki Seki

ISSN: 0167-4412 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-5028 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11103

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Meet the Editors


Motoaki Seki

P_A72105_Motoaki Seki_95x120
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0045, Japan
Expertise: abiotic stress adaptation, epigenome, RNA,
peptide, chemical regulation, cassava


Andrzej Wierzbicki

P_A70521_Andrzej Wierzbicki_95X120px
University of Michigan
1105 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085, USA
Expertise: chromatin, epigenetics, small RNA, long non-coding RNA, transcription,
chloroplast genome and its regulation

Björn Usadel

P_A72105_Björn Usadel_95x120
RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich
Worringer Weg 3, 52076 Aachen, Germany
Expertise: omic data, machine learning, cell walls, Solanacae

Chuanyou Li

P_A72105_Chuanyou Li_95x120
Chinese Academy of Sciences
No. 1 West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Expertise: tomato, jasmonates, hormone biology, transcriptional regulation, biotic stress

Eric Lam

P_A72105_Eric Lam_95x120
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
59 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Expertise: programmed cell death; stress tolerance; transcription response and chromatin; genomics; duckweed

Eva Benkova

P_A72105_Eva Benkova_95x120
Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Am Campus 1 A-3400 Klosterneuburg
Expertise: hormonal cross-talk, auxin, cytokinin, root system architecture

Feng QIN

P_A72105_Feng QIN_95x120
China Agricultural University
No.2 Yuanmingyuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100193, China
Expertise: abiotic stress response, drought tolerance, transcriptional regulation, natural variation, maize
http://sklppb.cau.edu.cn/SteamseView.asp?ID=35 & SortID=6

Haiyang Wang

South China Agricultural University
483 Wushan Road, Guangzhou, P.R. China
Expertise: light signaling, Shade avoidance response, crop functional genomics
http://life.scau.edu.cn/2018/0809/c3190a107198/page.htm(in Chinese)

Harsh Chauhan

P_A72105_Harsh Chauhan_95x120
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Roorkee, Uttarakhand India, 247 667
Expertise: abiotic and biotic stress response in cereals, high-temperature stress, transgenic crops, transcriptomics, functional genomics

Hirokazu Tanaka

P_A72105_Hirokazu Tanaka_95x120
Meiji University
Higashimita 1-1-1, Tama-ku, Kawasaki 214-8571, Japan
Expertise: plant development, plant cell biology, Arabidopsis

Hongwei Guo

P_A70435_Hongwei Guo 2_95x120px
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
R408, Huiyuan Building #1, 1088 Xueyuan Avenue, Nanshan District,Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518055 China
Expertise: Ethylene signaling, Plant senescence and fruit ripening, RNA decay and gene silencing

James Murray

P_A72105_James Murray_95x120
Cardiff University
School of Biosciences, Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AX, UK
Expertise: cell division, Arabidopsis, chromatin, systems biology, bioluminescence

Jeffrey Leung

P_A72105_Jeffrey Leung_95x120
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, UMR1318 INRA-AgroParisTech. INRA Centre de Versailles, Bat. 2, RD10 Route de Saint-Cyr, F-78026 Versailles Cedex, France
Expertise: abiotic stress, hormones (abscisic acid), signaling metabolites, protein phosphorylation, epigenetics

Jian Xu

P_A72105_Jian Xu_95x120
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117557, Singapore
Expertise: Plant regenerative biology, plant stress biology

Jorge Casal

P_A72105_Jorge Casal_95x120
IFEVA, Universidad de Buenos Aires and CONICET
Facultad de Agronomía, 1417 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Expertise: molecular network and cellular mechanisms involved in plant growth and developmental responses to
their light and temperature environment; phytochrome, cryptochrome, photomorphogenesis,
thermomorphogenesis, shade avoidance.

Kentaro Yano

P_A72105_Kentaro Yano_95x120
Meiji University
1-1-1 Higashimita,Tama-ku,Kawasaki-shi,Kanagawa 214-8571,Japan
Expertise: bioinformatics, systems biology, plant breeding, databases

Lieven De Veylder

P_A72105_Lieven De Veylder_95x120
VIB – Ghent University
Technologiepark 71, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium
Expertise: cell cycle, DNA damage, stem cell biology

Liming Xiong

P_A72105_Liming Xiong_95x120
Hong Kong Baptist University
Cha Chi-ming Science Tower, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China
Expertise: plant abiotic stress tolerance, gene regulation, mineral nutrition

Linda Hanley-Bowdoin

P_A72105_Linda Hanley-Bowdoin_95x120
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7651, Raleigh, NC 27695-7651
Expertise: plant virus/host interactions, plant DNA replication, chromatin

Mary Byrne

P_A72105_Mary Byrne_95x120
The University of Sydney
F22 Life Earth and Environmental Sciences Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Expertise: developmental biology, genetics, organ patterning, meristem function.

Mee-Len Chye

P_A72105_Mee-Len Chye_95x120
University of Hong Kong
School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Expertise: plant lipid metabolism, lipid transfer proteins, isoprenoids, plant stress tolerance

Misato Ohtani

P_A72105_Misato Ohtani_95x120
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa 277-8561, Japan
Expertise: totipotency, RNA metabolism, cell differentiation, woody biomass, omics analysis

Oren Ostersetzer

P_A72105_Oren Ostersetzer_95x120
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem 91904. Israel
Expertise: plant organellar gene expression, group II introns splicing, biogenesis of the OXPHOS system

Pilar Cubas

P_A72105_Pilar Cubas_95x120
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología-CSIC
Darwin 3, Campus UAM, Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain
Expertise: plant developmental genetics; transcriptional factors; shoot branching; Arabidopsis; tomato; potato

Rodrigo Gutierrez

P_A72105_Rodrigo Gutierrez_95x120
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Avda. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 340. Santiago. RM. 8331150. Chile
Expertise: nitrate signaling and responses. systems biology. integrative bioinformatics.

Rosangela Sozzani

P_A72105_Rosangela Sozzani_95x120
North Carolina State University
112 Derieux Pl, 2552 Tomas Hall, Raleigh, NC, 27695
Expertise: systems biology, computational biology, stem cell biology, mathematical modeling, developmental biology, plant physiology, plant molecular biology

Takayuki Tohge

P_A72105_Takayuki Tohge_95x120
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
8916-5 Takayama-cho, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
Expertise: secondary metabolism, functional genomics, omics, polymorphism, metabolites

Tetsuya Higashiyama

P_A72105_Tetsuya Higashiyama_95x120
Nagoya University/ University of Tokyo
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
Expertise: reproduction, cell-to-cell communication, cell biology, live-cell imaging

Ulrike Mathesius

P_A72105_Ulrike Mathesius_95x120
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia.
Expertise: biological nitrogen fixation, legumes, rhizobia, root-microbe interactions,
root development, nodulation, plant hormones, plant parasitic nematodes

Walter Gassmann

P_A72105_Walter Gassmann_95x120 - Copy
University of Missouri
105 LSC Columbia, MO 65211-7310 USA
Expertise: plant-microbe interactions, plant immunity, signaling, protein-protein interactions,
transcriptional regulation, electrophysiology

Youn-Il Park

P_A72105_Youn-Il Park_95x120
Chungnam National University
99 Daehagro, Youseong, Daejon, Korea, 34134
Expertise: photobiology in cyanobacteria, algae, and higher plants, specifically photosynthesis and phytochrome dependent light signaling.
https://cbb.cnu.ac.kr/sbb-professor-youn-il-park/ or http://www.cnuppl.or.kr

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