Juanjuan Wang

PhD student

  1. What fascinates you most about plant science?

The sensitive response of plants to the natural environment, and the corresponding formation of a variety of sophisticated and harmonious regulatory pathways.

  1. Tell us briefly what scientific questions you are pursuing at MPIPZ.

I am trying to figure out part of the flowering regulatory pathways in Brassica napus (rapeseed) which focus on FT gene, a major component of florigen that promotes the transition to flowering in Arabidopsis (rockcress). Research on flowering regulation is the basis of breeding which plays a crucial role in crop yield improvement.

  1. Who has inspired you greatly in your career so far?

Myself. In the face of this amazing and beautiful world, I am not willing to be lonely and mediocre, I want to know more about it, want to make progress with it.

  1. What do you find most challenging in your career so far?

The uncertainty in scientific experiments. It is hard to speculate whether each experiment will be successful, whether the result will be in line with expectations. If not, new scientific models need to be built and experiments need to be re-designed to explain and verify them.

  1. How do you see your future in science and why?

I will first see how my PhD project goes. If it goes well and provides a better foundation for a future research path, I may search for a postdoc position and try to stay in academia.

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