Qiwei Li "Investigating the function of the LEUNIG regulatory complex in the basal land plant Marchantia polymorpha" PhD confirmation seminar
Supervisor: Dr. John Golz
Some 500 million years ago plants colonized the land, which had a major transformative effect on the plant’s biosphere. Some of the key innovations associated with land plant evolution were the development of a waterproof cuticle, presence of gas exchange pores, production of a multicellular embryo and the dispersal of desiccation tolerant spores. Underlying the adaption to land were changes in gene regulation and increased sophistication in shaping transcriptional networks. This research aims to know how transcriptional networks regulating development have evolved in land plants. To address this question, the liverwort Marchantia Polymorpha, considered the closest living relative to the first land plants, will be used to investigate the function of the LEUNIG regulatory complex.