Yangtao Gu

PhD student
Department 2 (Köhler)
Epigenetic Mechanisms of Plant Reproduction

Main Focus

Yangtao is now focusing on the transcriptional mechanisms and the downstream epigenetic  changes involved in the seed development, especially the endosperm development in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. He identified a novel transcriptional complex composed of MADS-box transcription factors, which are involved in the regulation of endosperm development. Yangtao is also interested in the evolution of gene regulation by transcription factors and microRNAs and would extremely love to discuss with you in this field. You are always welcome to contact him through email or drop by his office 1.136 in MPIMP for discussion.

Curriculum Vitae

2021-Now, D.Phil., Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany.

2018-2021, D.Phil., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

2016-2018, M.Sc., Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences & Fujian University of Agricultural Sciences, China.

2014-2016, R.A., Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

2010-2014, B.Sc., Northwest University of Agricultural Sciences, China.


Yang, J., He, H., He, Y., Zheng, Q., Li, Q., Feng, X., Wang, P., Qin, G., Gu, Y., Wu, P. and Xu, T., 2021. TMK1-based auxin signaling regulates abscisic acid responses via phosphorylating ABI1/2 in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(24).

Wang, Q., Qin, G., Cao, M., Chen, R., He, Y., Yang, L., Zeng, Z., Yu, Y., Gu, Y., Xing, W. and Xu, T., 2020. A phosphorylation-based switch controls TAA1-mediated auxin biosynthesis in plants. Nature communications, 11(1), pp.1-10.

Cao, M., Chen, R., Li, P., Yu, Y., Zheng, R., Ge, D., Zheng, W., Wang, X., Gu, Y., Gelová, Z. and Xu, T., 2019. TMK1-mediated auxin signalling regulates differential growth of the apical hook. Nature, 568(7751), pp.240-243. 

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