Postdoctoral fellow @ Brassinosteroids
Qian obtained his doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Qifa Zhang at the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement in Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China. During his PhD study, his research interest was focused on the dissection of the role of gibberellin metabolism and signaling in the biological basis of rice heterosis. Due to his interest in phytohormone research, especially at the interface between biology and chemistry, he joined Stéphanie Robert's group in Umeå Plant Science Center in Sweden as a postdoctoral researcher in 2012, working on the mechanistic understanding of phytohormone-mediated differential growth in Arabidopsis using a chemical biology strategy and the apical hook as a model. In June 2019, he joined the lab of Jenny Russinova to continue the chemical biology research to identify the targets for small molecules and the potential BR binding proteins.