Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Meng ChenMeng Chen

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Mailing Address:

Botany & Plant Sciences
Boyce Hall / 4406
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-5635
Fax: (951) 827-3327
Email: meng.chen@ucr.edu



PhD 1999 Iowa State University
BS/MS  1994 Iowa State University

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Plant Cell Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Light Signaling in Plants; Nuclear Organization; Chloroplast Development

Awards / Honors:

2015 Early Career Award, The International Symposium on Plant Photobiology 
1999 Doctoral Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University
1999  Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University

Research Summary:

Plant Photobiology and Nuclear Organization
Our laboratory uses Arabidopsis thaliana, an ideal genetic model species, and a combination of genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and genomics to investigate how plant development and growth respond to environmental light cues. In particular, our research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which light controls transcription by reorganizing the nuclear architecture, including the biogenesis of the photobody, a photoreceptor-containing, light sensory subnuclear domain, and light-regulated gene repositioning. Our molecular genetic studies of the photobody have uncovered novel light signaling molecules and mechanisms. Our discovery of the repositioning of light responsive genes provides the initial evidence for the biological importance of gene positioning in the plant kingdom. These breakthroughs have opened new avenues to understand mechanisms of light signaling in plants and evolutionarily conserved principles of nuclear organization in transcriptional regulation.

Selected Publications:

List of publications

Lab Personnel:

Qiu, Yongjian
Project Scientist — Plant Photobiology; Nuclear Organization  
Yoo, Chan Yul
Project Scientist — Plant Photobiology

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director