My research project focuses on integrated and dynamic multi-spectroscopic in situ imaging of plant metabolism at the level of subcellular compartments. Our goal is to dynamically visualize and chemically characterize the breadth of lipid metabolism, from biosynthesis to degradation, providing crucial information to understand the processes affecting physical and chemical lipid boundaries related to systems-level regulation of plant metabolism.
Hometown: Beijing, China. Likes best about working with the Nikolau group: The atmosphere in Nikolau group is very open. We are not only colleagues but also friends. Fun fact: Becoming a super-mom
Ding G, Che P, Ilarslan H, Syrkin Wurtle E, Nikolau BJ. 2011. Genetic dissection of methylcrotonyl-CoA carboxylase indicates a complex role for mitochondrial leucine catabolism during seed development and germination. Plant Journal 70(4):562-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04893.x. Epub 2012 Feb 6. PMID: 22211474.
Dixon PM, Ding G. 2008. A metabolomic data uncertainty budget for the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Chance 21: 12-17.
Ding G, Che P, Ilarslan H, Wurtele ES, Nikolau BJ. 2007. Molecular genetic studies indicate that maternal mitochondrial leucine catabolism is required for normal seed development in Arabidopsis thaliana. The 2007 Annual Meeting of Plant Biologists, Chicago, IL.