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Welcome to CPESen (植物环境感受研究中心)!

Established in 2010, CPESen (Center for Plant Environmental Sensing, 植物环境感受研究中心) is in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at Hangzhou Normal University (杭州师范大学生命与环境科学学院) . We offer MS degree program and research opportunities for students interested in Molecular Biology or Bioinformatics.

Our center is interested in the early signaling events by which plants sense environmental signals and decode to give the appropriate responses. Upon perception of external signals, cell surface receptors trigger an increase in cytosolic free calcium concentration, which is mediated by ion channels. Our long-term goals are to identify these receptors and ion channels, isolate their interacting components, and assign molecular functions to them. Currently, we are using multidisciplinary approaches of biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, function genomics and bioinformatics to dissect the signaling cascades of external calcium as well as nitric oxide in the model plant Arabidopsis. To know more about our research, please check out our research page.


Aug. 26, 2022: Paper published!
Wu, X.*, Wang, X., Chen, W., Liu, X., Lin, Y., Wang, F., Liu, L., Meng, Y.* (2022). A microRNA-microRNA crosstalk network inferred from genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism variants in natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in plant science, 13:958520. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.958520. [Link]

June 8, 2022: 毕业了!

May 8, 2022: Paper published!
Pei, S., Liu, Y., Li, W., Krichilsky, B., Dai, S., Wang, Y.,..., Pei, Z.M.*, Yuan, F.* (2022). OSCA1 is an osmotic specific sensor: a method to distinguish Ca(2+) -mediated osmotic and ionic perception. New Phytologist, 235(4): 1665-1678. doi: 10.1111/nph.18217 [Link]

May 3, 2022: Paper published on line!
Wu, X.*, Yuan, F., Wang, X., Zhu, S., and Pei, Z. M.* (2022). Evolution of osmosensing OSCA1 Ca(2+) channel family coincident with plant transition from water to land. The Plant Genome, e20198. doi: 10.1002/tpg2.20198 [Link]