Ziliang Song

PhD Student, Seed and Developmental Biology

Ziliang (Len) Song started his research adventure at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, where he completed his undergraduate degree in food science. He conducted projects on developing analytical methods for chemical contaminants in edible oil using instrumentation such as mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). His enjoyment of research and the international atmosphere of Jinan inspired Len to come to Canada in 2013 for his postgraduate training at the University of Alberta. As a Master’s student, he worked on metabolic engineering of oilseeds for novel lipid biosynthesis, specifically a fatty acid originally enriched in pomegranate seeds, with remarkable value for nutraceutical and industrial applications.

With his great interest in the genetics of plant natural products, Len joined GIFS as a PhD student in 2017. He is now working with Dr. Tim Sharbel, Dave Schneider and Dr. Martin Reaney on using bioinformatics tools to study a class of short circular proteins called orbitides in flax.

In his spare time Len enjoys swimming, skiing, playing piano and photography.