Yunde Zhao

Yunde Zhao

Company: University of California San Diego

Job title: Professor

Bio:

Dr. Yunde Zhao is a professor and the director of Plant Biology of Food & Fuel for the 21st Century, University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Zhao’s research is centered on two areas: 1) development of gene editing technologies. 2) Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms by which auxin regulates plant development. Dr. Zhao invented several gene editing techniques including ribozyme-based guide RNA production. His Transgene-Killer CRISPR (TKC) technology enables efficient isolation of edited, transgene free plants. Dr. Zhao played a leading role in solving the complete auxin biosynthetic pathway in plants.  

Dr. Zhao received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, where he studied nitric oxide signaling mechanisms. Dr. Zhao received his postdoctoral training in the field of plant molecular genetics at the Salk Institute, where he was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Life Sciences Research Foundation. 

Seminars:

Chair’s Closing Remarks 3:30 pm

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Chair’s Opening Remarks 8:50 am

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Efficient Homology-Directed Repair (HDR) for Crop Improvement 8:40 am

HDR allows precise modifications of genomes HDR is usually not efficient and has been a challenge in crop breeding Presenting key factors for improving HDR efficiency Providing examples of efficient HDR in plantsRead more

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