Recognizing Our Authors: Xing Wang Deng, Christine Beveridge, and Nicolas Taylor

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Xing Wang DengXing Wang Deng
The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology

Xing Wang Deng is a university endowed professor of plant biology at Peking University. He graduated from Peking University in 1985 with an MS degree and then from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 with a PhD in plant biology. He joined the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 1992.

Before moving back to China, Xing Wang was Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Yale University until 2014. He worked on plant photomorphogenesis, noncoding RNAs, heterosis, and molecular design breeding in plants. He was rewarded with the Kumho Science International Award by the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB) in 2003 and elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Christine BeveridgeChristine Beveridge
The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology

Christine Beveridge studied plant development for her PhD at the University of Tasmania and continued her work at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Versailles, and then at The University of Queensland, where she currently leads the Plant Development Lab (part of the School of Biological Sciences). She is president of the International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA, 2013–2016) and fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences.

Christine’s main area of interest is the role plant hormones and other mobile chemicals play in the regulation and coordination of plant development. Her major contribution has been on the plant hormone strigolactone and on the process of shoot branching. Her recent work has introduced the concept that sugars, presumably sucrose, act as a long-distance signal in axillary bud release.

Nicolas TaylorNicolas Taylor
The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology

Nicolas Taylor earned his MSc from Massey University (1999, New Zealand) and his PhD in plant biochemistry from The University of Western Australia (2004). He worked as a postdoc (2005–2006) at Oxford University before he moved to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (Perth, Western Australia) in 2006. He is currently an ARC future fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia.

Nic’s research focuses on understanding the metabolic mechanisms that underpin thermal and salinity stress/acclimation in both Arabidopsis and wheat. His areas of expertise include protein and metabolite mass spectrometry and the integration of proteomic and metabolic data into metabolic networks.

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