Yi-Leen’s focus on the Rubisco small subunit complements the Whitney lab’s ongoing studies on the Rubisco large subunit and Rubisco activase and has allowed better understanding of the enzyme in higher plants. With the help of Robert Sharwood (ANU) and Doug Orr (Rothamsted Research), her work resulted in the generation of a new tobacco genotype that is utilised as a novel tool to manipulate Rubisco in plant chloroplasts. Her research is aimed at providing new avenues for improving the CO2 fixing capacity of Rubisco for crop enhancement.Yi-lLeen’s expertise is on DNA cloning and purification, DNA and RNA analyses (northern/Western/southern blot, PCR), protein analyses (nd- and SDS-PAGE, immunoblot, protein chromatography), plant tissue culture techniques and antibiotic selection, biolistic transformation, tobacco plant growth and maintenance, LI-COR gas exchange measurement.
Yi-Leen completed a BSc in Biotechnology University of Waikato, New Zealand (2007) and a BSc (Honours) in Materials & Process Engineering in the University of Waikato, New Zealand (2009), she is currently developing her PhD in Plant Sciences at the Australian National University.
She has been awarded a ANU Postgraduate Research Scholarship and a Lee Foundation Grant.