Danyu Yao

Danyu Yao

PhD Candidate


Investigate the effect of phosphorylation on intracellular distribution of sucrose synthase protein in Arabidopsis thaliana

Research interest

Sucrose is primary photosynthetic carbohydrate which is crucial for plants growth and development. Enzymes catalyze the metabolism of sucrose is not fully understood. The goal of my project is to investigate location and function of sucrose synthase in Arabidopsis thaliana, especially for cellulose biosynthesis. In addition, I will identify the effect of phosphorylation on sucrose synthase protein by modifying an amino acid substitution to mimic a phosphorylated protein. Through localizing the enzymes in vascular tissue we hope to test the model which sucrose synthase exists in a complex with β-glucan synthase.


BSc -Northwest A&F University, Yangling District, China (2012)

Awards, Grants, Scholarships

  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship (2012-onward)
  • Faculty of Forestry Graduate Award (2012-onward)