Hi! My name is Wenjie Zeng and I am from Burlingame, California. I received my B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. During my undergraduate studies, I worked in an NFkB lab using E. coli and mammalian cell lines as model organisms to study the phenotypic effects of NFkB deletions and/or mutations. I also conducted in vitro studies on the activities of NFkB, its inhibitors and associated kinases.
I joined the Department of Biochemistry graduate program in the fall of 2011 and then the Chapple lab in the spring of 2012 after my third and final rotation. I found plant secondary metabolism, in particular the phenylpropanoid pathway, to be extremely interesting and I am currently working on the Arabidopsis Mediator complex and the relationship between changes in this transcriptional modulator conserved in all eukaryotes and the phenotypic effects of Arabidopsis phenylpropanoid mutants.
In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, playing the violin and video games.