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Pengfei Cao


Postdoctoral Researcher


Ph.D., Michigan State University

B.S., Northwest A&F University, China

Research statement: 

I am obsessed to cell biology, a subject that asks the whys and hows at the fundamental molecular level using elegant microscopy and biochemistry. In the Brandizzi lab, I learned that plant cells are capable of extraordinary things. Establishment of the conserved organelles in plant cells involve unique mechanisms enabling plant-specific intracellular trafficking and biosynthetic activities. My PhD projects center on plant-specific mechanisms for establishment of the endomembrane compartments, especially the ER and the vacuole. I am excited to see novel functional proteins and regulatory mechanisms identified in Arabidopsis help us appreciate the beauty of eukaryotic cells.