ZhiYi YU



Pronouns: She/her/hers

Lab 308, Bower Building, Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0001-0900-3043

Research title: CO2-regulation of plant voltage-gated potassium channel KAT1

Research Summary

Plants in a changing climate! CO2-sensitive mechanisms for stomatal control

Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and global climate change pose significant challenges to the planet, with implications for food, water, and land availability. Atmospheric CO2 has increased from 280 μmol mol-1 to 400 μmol mol-1 since the pre-industrial era and is expected to reach 900 μmol mol-1 by the end of the 21st century. The resulting greenhouse effect has raised temperatures, affecting global precipitation, pest infestations, and pathogen loads. To understand plant responses to these changes, it is essential to examine how plants regulate water loss and CO2 uptake in a changing environment.

COis vital for photosynthesis in plants and is acquired through microscopic pores called ‘stomata’ with water loss in transpiration as an exchange. Plants respond to elevated CO2 through short-term adjustments in stomatal movements and long-term changes in stomatal development. COregulates osmotic solute transport and membrane trafficking to influence stomatal behaviour, and the mechanics of this regulation remain largely unexplored. Understanding CO2-sensitive membrane traffic and its regulation can provide insights into plant behaviour in a changing environment.


The First Prize of the PGR symposium talk



 2023: Plant Science Seminar (Glasgow)

 2023: PGR Symposium (Glasgow)

 2023: SEB Centenary Conference Edinburgh 2023 (Edinburgh)

 2024: Three Minute Thesis competition (Glasgow)


      Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
Genes, Molecules & Cells Tutorial 3
Nov 2020 - Present
Demonstrating in several labs and classes for molecular biology, engineering biology or bioinformatics.

Additional Information

Public Engagement

• Outreach Coordinator
   Feb 2022 - Mar 2022
  'Sci-Seedlets Resource': Sci-Seedlets Outreach science activity in Knightswood Primary School which UofG collaborated with the University of Lancaster transforms plant science into an engaging and interactive subject for classroom learning.
• Outreach Coordinator
   Aug 2022 - Oct 2022
  'Lancaster Fun Palace': Sci-Seedlets Outreach science activity which collaborated with the University of Lancaster.
 Outreach Specialist
   Apr 2022 - Jun 2022
  'Glasgow Science Festival at the Botanics': Sci-Seedlets Outreach science activity which collaborated with the University of Lancaster.
 Outreach Specialist
   Sep 2021 - Oct 2021
  'StomaToy Science': Outreach in Knightswood Primary School to inspire curiosity in students.