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Meng Chen

Assistant Professor
Biology
(919) 684-8442
Research Interest: 
Genetics
Plants
Signal transduction
Research Summary: 
Light signaling and nuclear organization in plants
Research Description: 

The ultimate goal of the Chen lab is to uncover molecular mechanisms by which plants alter their growth and developmental programs in response to environmental cues. In particular, we study how plants visualize and change their morphology in response to red and far-red color of light. Using molecular genetic approaches, we characterize mutant plants that are blind to light and identify signaling mechanisms linking the photoactivation of photoreceptors and downstream morphological responses.

Publications: 
Photobodies in light signaling.
Van Buskirk EK, Decker PV, Chen M.
Plant Physiol. 2011. : .

Phytochrome signaling mechanisms and the control of plant development.
Chen M, Chory J.
Trends Cell Biol. 2011. 21:664-71.

Arabidopsis HEMERA/pTAC12 initiates photomorphogenesis by phytochromes.
Chen M, Galvão RM, Li M, Burger B, Bugea J, Bolado J, Chory J.
Cell. 2010. 141:1230-40.

Phytochrome nuclear body: an emerging model to study interphase nuclear dynamics and signaling.
Chen M.
Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2008. 11:503-8.

Regulation of phytochrome B nuclear localization through light-dependent unmasking of nuclear-localization signals.
Chen M, Tao Y, Lim J, Shaw A, Chory J.
Curr Biol. 2005. 15:637-42.