Translational regulation in plant responses to the environments

We study translational regulation in plants using Arabidopsis and tomato. Translation is the final step of the central dogma and can alter protein abundance more directly than transcription. We exploit RNA-seq and Ribo-seq to monitor genome-wide mRNA translation in response to environmental changes, then use a combination of molecular biology, genetics, and biochemical approaches to dissect the regulatory mechanisms. By studying translational regulation, we aim to develop new strategies to promote plant adaption to the changing environment and ultimately improve crop performance.