Kangmei Zhao got her Ph. D from The University of Oklahoma and joined the Rhee lab in July, 2016. During her graduate study, she worked on the characterization of novel cell wall associated transcription factors in grasses, especially focusing on members that can control grass-specific cell wall biosynthesis genes. Then, she got to be really interested in further understanding pathway evolution and plants adaptation to the environment. After the graduate training with Dr. Laura Bartley, she decided to join the Rhee lab. She really enjoys the multidisciplinary research environment. Currently, she is working on the regulation and evolution of plant specialized metabolic genes as well as discovering novel secondary metabolites that could potentially promote plants resistance to different stress stimuli. Outside of research, she loves reading and running.
Palo Alto, CA