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CHEN Jianghua
Principal Investigator and Head of Laboratory of Plant Functional Genomics
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Plant Functional Genomics
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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden ,Chinese Academy of Sciences, 88 Xuefu Road, Kunming 650223, China



 2000 - 2006: Ph.D. in Genetics, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, SIBS,CAS

 1996 - 2000: B.Sc. in Biology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China 


 2013.6 - present: Principal Investigator (head of Laboratory of Plant Functional Genomics, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS

2006.11 – 2013.6: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.

2006.3 – 2006.10: Research Associate at the National key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, SIBS, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  P. R. China.

Research interests 

 Functional Genomics and molecular marker assisted breeding in legume and rice.  

 The secondary metabolism and regulation of active ingredients in major economic plants at the southwest of China. 

 The signal transduction mechanism of legume leaf movement.





1.Zhou YQ, He LL, Zhou SL, Wu Q, Zhou X, Mao YW, Zhao BL, Wang DF, Zhao WY, Wang RR et al: Genome-Wide Identification and Expression Analysis of the VILLIN Gene Family in Soybean. Plants-Basel 2023, 12(11). 

2.Yang WJ, Bai QZ, Li Y, Chen JH, Liu CN: Epigenetic modifications: Allusive clues of lncRNA functions in plants. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 2023, 21:1989-1994. 

3.Ning CH, Yang YT, Chen QY, Zhao WY, Zhou X, He LL, Li LG, Zong D, Chen JH: An R2R3 MYB transcription factor PsFLP regulates the symmetric division of guard mother cells during stomatal development in Pisum sativum. Physiologia Plantarum 2023, 175(3). 

4.Zhou X, Wang DF, Mao YW, Zhou YQ, Zhao LM, Zhang CB, Liu Y, Chen JH: The Organ Size and Morphological Change During the Domestication Process of Soybean. Frontiers in Plant Science 2022, 13. 

5.Yang YT, Yuan Z, Ning CH, Zhao BL, Wang RR, Zheng XL, Liu Y, Chen JH, He LL: The Pea R2R3-MYB Gene Family and Its Role in Anthocyanin Biosynthesis in Flowers. Frontiers in Genetics 2022, 13. 

6.Wu S, Morotti ALM, Wang SS, Wang Y, Xu XY, Chen JH, Wang GD, Tatsis EC: Convergent gene clusters underpin hyperforin biosynthesis in St John's wort. New Phytologist 2022, 235(2):646-661. 

7.Wang Z, Xiao YR, Wu S, Chen JH, Li A, Tatsis EC: Deciphering and reprogramming the cyclization regioselectivity in bifurcation of indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Chem Sci 2022, 13(42):12389-12395. 

8.Wang YJ, Huang JP, Tian T, Yan YJ, Chen Y, Yang J, Chen JH, Gu YC, Huang SX: Discovery and Engineering of the Cocaine Biosynthetic Pathway. J Am Chem Soc 2022, 144(48):22000-22007. 

9.Wang Y, Morotti ALM, Xiao YR, Wang Z, Wu S, Chen JH, Tatsis EC: Decoding the Cytochrome P450 Catalytic Activity in Divergence of Benzophenone and Xanthone Biosynthetic Pathways. ACS Catal 2022, 12(21):13630-13637. 

10.Wang RR, Lu N, Liu CG, Dixon RA, Wu Q, Mao YW, Yang YT, Zheng XL, He LL, Zhao BL et al: MtGSTF7, a TT19-like GST gene, is essential for accumulation of anthocyanins, but not proanthocyanins in Medicago truncatula. Journal of Experimental Botany 2022, 73(12):4129-4146. 

11.Wang H, Li X, Wolabu T, Wang ZY, Liu Y, Tadesse D, Chen NC, Xu AJ, Bi XJ, Zhang YW et al: WOX family transcriptional regulators modulate cytokinin homeostasis during leaf blade development in Medicago truncatula and Nicotiana sylvestris. Plant Cell 2022, 34(10):3737-3753. 

12.Mo XY, He LL, Liu Y, Wang DF, Zhao BL, Chen JH: The Genetic Control of the Compound Leaf Patterning in Medicago truncatula. Frontiers in Plant Science 2022, 12. 

13.Li Y, Tan C, Li ZH, Guo JZ, Li S, Chen X, Wang C, Dai XK, Yang H, Song W et al: The genome of Dioscorea zingiberensis sheds light on the biosynthesis, origin and evolution of the medicinally important diosgenin saponins. Hortic Res-England 2022, 9. 

14.Bai QZ, Yang WJ, Qin GC, Zhao BL, He LL, Zhang X, Zhao WY, Zhou DA, Liu Y, Liu Y et al: Multidimensional Gene Regulatory Landscape of Motor Organ Pulvinus in the Model Legume Medicago truncatula. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2022, 23(8). 

15.Zhou SL, Yang TQ, Mao YW, Liu Y, Guo SQ, Wang RR, Fangyue GW, He LL, Zhao BL, Bai QZ et al: The F-box protein MIO1/SLB1 regulates organ size and leaf movement in Medicago truncatula. Journal of Experimental Botany 2021, 72(8):2995-3011. 

16.Zhao WY, Bai QZ, Zhao BL, Wu Q, Wang CQ, Liu Y, Yang TQ, Liu Y, He H, Du SS et al: The geometry of the compound leaf plays a significant role in the leaf movement of Medicago truncatula modulated by mtdwarf4a. New Phytologist 2021, 230(2):475-484. 

17.Wang CQ, Zhao BL, He LL, Zhou SL, Liu Y, Zhao WY, Guo SQ, Wang RR, Bai QZ, Li YH et al: The WOX family transcriptional regulator SlLAM1 controls compound leaf and floral organ development in Solanum lycopersicum. Journal of Experimental Botany 2021, 72(5):1822-1835. 

18.Zheng XL, He LL, Liu Y, Mao YW, Wang CQ, Zhao BL, Li YH, He H, Guo SQ, Zhang LS et al: A study of male fertility control inMedicago truncatulauncovers an evolutionarily conserved recruitment of two tapetal bHLH subfamilies in plant sexual reproduction. New Phytologist 2020, 228(3):1115-1133. 

19.Zhao BL, He LL, Jiang C, Liu Y, He H, Bai QZ, Zhou SL, Zheng XL, Wen JQ, Mysore KS et al: Lateral Leaflet Suppression 1 (LLS1), encoding the MtYUCCA1 protein, regulates lateral leaflet development in Medicago truncatula. New Phytologist 2020, 227(2):613-628. 

20.Sun YB, Zhang XJ, Zhong MC, Dong X, Yu DM, Jiang XD, Wang D, Cui WH, Chen JH, Hu JY: Genome-wide identification ofWD40genes reveals a functional diversification ofCOP1-likegenes in Rosaceae. Plant Molecular Biology 2020, 104(1-2):81-95. 

21.He LL, Liu Y, He H, Liu Y, Qi JF, Zhang XJ, Li YH, Mao YW, Zhou SL, Zheng XL et al: A molecular framework underlying the compound leaf pattern of Medicago truncatula. Nature Plants 2020, 6(5):511-+. 

22.Guo SQ, Zhang XJ, Bai QZ, Zhao WY, Fang YGW, Zhou SL, Zhao BL, He LL, Chen JH: Cloning and Functional Analysis of Dwarf GeneMini Plant 1(MNP1) inMedicago truncatula. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2020, 21(14). 

23.Chen HT, Zeng Y, Yang YZ, Huang LL, Tang BL, Zhang H, Hao F, Li W, Li YH, Liu YB et al: Allele-aware chromosome-level genome assembly and efficient transgene-free genome editing for the autotetraploid cultivated alfalfa. Nature Communications 2020, 11(1). 

24.Meng YY, Liu H, Wang H, Liu Y, Zhu BT, Wang ZY, Hou YL, Zhang PC, Wen JQ, Yang HS et al: HEADLESS, a WUSCHEL homolog, uncovers novel aspects of shoot meristem regulation and leaf blade development in Medicago truncatula. Journal of Experimental Botany 2019, 70(1):149-163. 

25.Li YH, Yang YQ, Liu Y, Li DX, Zhao YH, Li ZJ, Liu Y, Jiang DG, Li J, Zhou H et al: Overexpression of OsAGO1b Induces Adaxially Rolled Leaves by Affecting Leaf Abaxial Sclerenchymatous Cell Development in Rice. Rice 2019, 12(1). 

26.Yang YT, Yang XX, Wang YT, Luo J, Zhang F, Yang WJ, Chen JH: Alcohothermal carbonization of biomass to prepare novel solid catalysts for oleic acid esterification. Fuel 2018, 219:166-175. 

27.Li YY, He LL, Li J, Chen JH, Liu CN: Genome-Wide Identification, Characterization, and Expression Profiling of the Legume BZR Transcription Factor Gene Family. Frontiers in Plant Science 2018, 9. 

28.Li CQ, Fu QT, Niu LJ, Luo L, Chen JH, Xu ZF: Three TFL1 homologues regulate floral initiation in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas. Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

29.Yang TQ, Xu RH, Chen JH, Liu AZ: beta-Ketoacyl-acyl Carrier Protein Synthase I (KASI) Plays Crucial Roles in the Plant Growth and Fatty Acids Synthesis in Tobacco. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2016, 17(8). 

30.Yang TQ, Fang GY, He H, Chen JH: Genome-Wide Identification, Evolutionary Analysis and Expression Profiles of LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES DOMAIN Gene Family in Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula. Plos One 2016, 11(8). 

31.Wang ZH, Chen JH, Weng L, Li X, Cao XL, Hu XH, Luo D, Yang J: Multiple Components are Integrated to Determine Leaf Complexity in Lotus japonicus. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2013, 55(5):419-433. 

32.Uppalapati SR, Ishiga Y, Doraiswamy V, Bedair M, Mittal S, Chen JH, Nakashima J, Tang YH, Tadege M, Ratet P et al: Loss of Abaxial Leaf Epicuticular Wax in Medicago truncatula irg1/palm1 Mutants Results in Reduced Spore Differentiation of Anthracnose and Nonhost Rust Pathogens. Plant Cell 2012, 24(1):353-370. 

33.Chen JH, Moreau C, Liu Y, Kawaguchi M, Hofer J, Ellis N, Chen RJ: Conserved genetic determinant of motor organ identity in Medicago truncatula and related legumes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2012, 109(29):11723-11728. 

34.Ge L, Chen J, Chen R: Palmate-like pentafoliata1 encodes a novel Cys(2)His(2) zinc finger transcription factor essential for compound leaf morphogenesis in Medicago truncatula. Plant signaling & behavior 2010, 5(9):1134-1137. 

35.Chen JH, Yu JB, Ge LF, Wang HL, Berbel A, Liu Y, Chen YH, Li GM, Tadege M, Wen JQ et al: Control of dissected leaf morphology by a Cys(2)His(2) zinc finger transcription factor in the model legume Medicago truncatula. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2010, 107(23):10754-10759. 

36.Pan JW, Fujioka S, Peng JL, Chen JH, Li GM, Chen RJ: The E3 Ubiquitin Ligase SCFTIR1/AFB and Membrane Sterols Play Key Roles in Auxin Regulation of Endocytosis, Recycling, and Plasma Membrane Accumulation of the Auxin Efflux Transporter PIN2 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 2009, 21(2):568-580. 

37.Wang HL, Chen JH, Wen JQ, Tadege M, Li GM, Liu Y, Mysore KS, Ratet P, Chen RJ: Control of compound leaf development by FLORICAULA/LEAFY ortholog SINGLE LEAFLET1 in Medicago truncatula. Plant Physiology 2008, 146(4):1759-1772. 

38.Guo XZ, Zhao Z, Chen JH, Hu XH, Luo D: A putative CENTRORADIALIS/TERMINAL FLOWER 1-like gene, Ljcen1, plays a role in phase transition in Lotus japonicus. Journal of Plant Physiology 2006, 163(4):436-444. 

39.Feng XZ, Zhao Z, Tian ZX, Xu SL, Luo YH, Cai ZG, Wang YM, Yang J, Wang Z, Weng L et al: Control of petal shape and floral zygomorphy in Lotus japonicus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2006, 103(13):4970-4975. 

40.Chen JH, Pang JL, Wang LL, Luo YH, Li X, Cao XL, Lin K, Ma W, Hu XH, Luo D: Wrinkled petals and stamens 1, is required for the morphogenesis of petals and stamens in Lotus japonicus. Cell Research 2006, 16(5):499-506. 

41.Luo JH, Yan J, Weng L, Yang J, Zhao Z, Chen JH, Hu XH, Luo D: Different expression patterns of duplicated PHANTASTICA-like genes in Lotus japonicus suggest their divergent functions during compound leaf development. Cell Research 2005, 15(8):665-677. 



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