Long MAO
Principle Investigator, Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Dr. Mao is a principle investigator at the Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Trained as plant genetics, Dr. Mao received his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences (1995). While he was postdoctoral fellow at Genomics Institute of Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, working on cloning the tomato jointless gene (Nature 2000), he developed an interest in genome analysis and bioinformatics (Genome Research, 2000). Since he returned to China, he has been working on wheat genome sequencing (Nature 2013) and comparative genome analysis, particularly evolution and function of small RNAs (Plant Cell 2012). His lab currently studies the molecular mechanism of polyploidization on wheat growth vigor and adaptation using transcriptome analysis approaches and newly synthesized allohexaploid wheat as a model (Plant Cell 2014, Molecular Plant 2015, Plant Physiology 2017). He also uses Brachypodium distachyon, a model plant for temperate grasses, to study posttranscriptional mechanisms related to plant flowering that are conserved in wheat and barley (Plant Cell 2013, Nature Communications, 2017).