Peng Yu

2 photos Peng

Previous Position:
PhD in Plant Biological Sciences graduate program (2014; Monsanto Fellow)


  • 2005-2009 – Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, BS in Environmental Engineering, Minor in Biotechnology
  • 2009-2014 – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities,  Plant Biological Sciences Ph.D.

Research Topic:
Characterizing unknown IAA conjugates in Arabidopsis thaliana

Ph.D. thesis title: New analytical methodologies in the study of auxin biochemistry.

Publications for lab:

Franklin KA, Lee SH, Patel D, Kumar SV, Spartz AK, Gu C, Ye S, Yu P, Breen G, Cohen JD, Wigge PA, Gray WM PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4) regulates auxin biosynthesis at high temperature. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 108: 20231-20235 (2011)

Li W, Zhou Y, Liu X, Yu P, Cohen JD, Meyerowitz EM Flower development master regulator LEAFY controls auxin response pathways in floral primordia formation. Science Signaling 6: ra23 (2013) [DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003937]

Spiess GM, Hausman A, Yu P, Cohen JD, Rampey RA, Zolman BK. Auxin input pathway disruptions are mitigated by changes in auxin biosynthetic gene expression in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 165:1092-1104 (2014)

Yu P, Hegeman AD, Cohen JD A facile means for the identification of indolic compounds from plant tissues.  Plant Journal 79:1065–1075 (2014)

Yu P, Lor P, Ludwig-Müller J, Hegeman AD, Cohen JD Quantitative evaluation of IAA conjugate pools in Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta 241:539-548 (2015)