Changyu (Joe) Yi

Posted: Mar 11th, 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Changyu (Joe) Yi is a bioinformatician at La Trobe University, having recently switched roles after spending 4 years completing his PhD in Prof Jim Whelan’s lab. Joe joined PEB as a PhD student in 2015 upon completing his Master’s degree in horticulture, for which he received the 2014 Zhejiang University Meritorious Student Award, Outstanding Graduate Student.

On top of submitting his PhD thesis in 2019, Joe was invited to speak about his research at the 2019 Australian Society of Plant Scients conference, and during an online PEB seminar.

“The focus of my study was to identify key regulators of phosphate acquisition and use in Arabidopsis. To achieve this purpose, I performed genome-wide association studies and RNA-sequencing using a genetically diverse population of Arabidopsis accessions.”

“I’ve been interested in plants since I was a child. I am keen to know why there is so much diversity among plants, and how plants grow, develop and adapt to different environments. I have learned a lot during my PhD, including theoretical knowledge such as how plants respond to abiotic stress as well as bioinformatic skills. I really enjoyed being part of the PEB centre.”