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SUN Guiling
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88 Xuefu Road, Kunming, 650223, Yunnan, China


Phone:   (+86)13653782780

Date of Birth: October 7, 1979

Gender:    Female


Cell/nuclei sorting and typing; Genomics and comparative genomics, Horizontal gene transfer; Molecular evolution and development of plants


09.2001- 07.2007        Ph.D. Zoology

Thesis: Molecular evolution and the compartmentation of sugar phosphate metabolism in Chlamydomonas        State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy Sciences, Kunming, China; Supervisor: Prof. Jianfan Wen

09.1997- 07.2001        B.S. Biology        Department of Biology Science, Henan University, Kaifeng, China


01.2022 – present: Principle Investigator, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

08.2016 – 12.2021: Full Professor, Henan University, Kaifeng, China

10.2011 – 07.2016: Associate Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China

02.2009 – 09.2011: Postdoc., Department of Biology, East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA

08.2007 – 12.2008: Research Associate, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China

PUBLICATIONS (# and * indicate (co-)first and (co-)corresponding authors respectively)

Research Papers

1.    Cao Y.#, Sun G.#, Zhai X.#, Xu P.#, Ma L.#, Deng M., Zhao Z., Yang H., Dong Y. Shang Z., Lv Y., Yan L., Liu H., Cao X., Wang Z., Li B., Zhao X., Yu H., Wang F., Ma W., Huang J.*, Fan G.* Genomic insights into the fast growth of paulownias and the formation of Paulownia witches' broom. 2021. Molecular Plant. 14(10):1668-1682

2.    Zhou Y.#, Bai S.#, Li H#, Sun G.#, Zhang D.#, Ma F., Zhao X., Nie F., Li J., Chen L., Lv L., Zhu L., Fan R., Ge Y., Shaheen A., Guo G., Zhang Z., Ma J, Liang H., Qiu X., Hu J., Sun T., Hou J., Xu H., Xue S., Jiang W., Huang J., Li S., Zou C.*, Song C.-P.* Introgressing the Aegilops tauschii genome into wheat as a basis for cereal improvement. 2021. Nature Plants. 7:774-786.

3.   Li B.#, Fan R., Sun G., Sun T., Fan Y., Bai S., Guo S., Huang S., Liu J., Zhang H., Wang P., Zhu X., Song C.-P.* Flavonoids improve drought tolerance of maize seedlings by regulating the homeostasis of reactive oxygen species. 2021. Plant Soil. 461: 389-405.

4.  Antoniadi I.#, Skalicky V., Sun G., Ma W., Galbraith D.W., Novak O., Ljung K.* Fluorescence activated cell sorting-A selective tool for plant cell isolation and analysis. 2021. Cytometry. Part A: the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology. 1-12.

5. Galbraith D.#*, Loureiro J., Antoniadi I., Bainard J., Bures P., Capal P., Castro M., Castro S., Certner M., Certnerova D., Chumova Z., Dolezel J., Giorgi D., Husband B.C., Kolar F., Koutecky P., Kron P., Leitch I.J., Ljung K., Lopes S., Lucanova M., Lucretti S., Ma W., Melzer S., Molnar I., Novak O., Poulton N., Skalicky V., Sliwinska E., Smarda P., Smith T.W., Sun G., Talhinhas P., Tarnok A., Temsch E.M., Travnicek P., Urfus T. Best practices in plant cytometry. 2021. Cytometry. Part A: the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology. 1-7.

6. Galbraith D.W., Sun G. Flow Cytometry and Sorting in Arabidopsis. 2021. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 2200: 255-294. (book chapter)

7. Sun G.#, Bai G.#, Guan Y., Wang S., Wang Q., Liu Y., Liu H., Goffinet B., Zhou Y., Paoletti M., Hu X., Haas F.B., Fernandez-Pozo N., Czyrt A., Sun H.*, Rensing S.A.*, Huang J.* Are fungi-derived genomic regions related to antagonism towards fungi in mosses? 2020. New Phytologist. 228(4): 1169-1175.

8. Zhou M.#, Yang G., Sun G., Guo Z., Gong X.*, Pan Y.* Resolving complicated relationships of the Panax bipinnati fi dus complex in southwestern China by RAD-seq data. 2020. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 149:106851

9. Qin Y.#, Bai S.#, Li W.#, Sun T., Galbraith D. W., Yang Z., Zhou Y., Sun G.*, Wang B.* Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Key Genes Involved in the Regulation of Nicotine Biosynthesis at Early Time Points after Topping in Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.). 2020. BMC Plant Biology. 20:30

10. Wang S.#, Guan Y., Wang Q., Zhao J., Sun G., Hu X., Running M.P., Sun H.*, Huang J.* A mycorrhizae-like gene regulates stem cell and gametophore development in mosses. 2020. Nat Commun. 11(1):2030

11.Wang W.#*, Du L., Sheng S., Li A., Li Y., Cheng G., Li G., Sun G., Hu Q., Matsuda Y.* Genome mining for fungal polyketide-diterpenoid hybrids: discovery of key terpene cyclases and multifunctional P450s for structural diversification. 2019. Organic Chemistry frontiers. 6: 571-578

12. Qiu D.#*, Bai S.#, Ma J.#, Zhang L., Shao F., Zhang K., Yang Y., Sun T., Huang J., Zhou Y., Galbraith D.W., Wang Z., Sun G*. The genome of Populus alba x Populus tremula var. glandulosa clone 84K. 2019. DNA Research. 26(5):423-431

13. Guo Z.#, Ma P.#, Yang G.#, Hu J.#, Liu Y.#, Xia E., Zhong M., Zhao L., Sun G., Xu Y., Zhao Y., Zhang Y., Zhang X., Zhou M., Guo Y., Guo C., Liu J., Ye X., Chen Y., Yang Y., Han B., Lin C.*, Lu Y.*, Li D.* Genome Sequences Provide Insights into the?Reticulate?Origin?and?Unique?Traits?of?Woody Bamboos. 2019. Molecular Plant. 12(10): 1353-1365

14. Chen R.#, Yao Y.#, Fang H., Zhang E., Li P., Xu Y., Yin S., Huangfu L., Sun G., Xu C.*, Zhou Y.*, Yang Z.* Origin, evolution and functional characterization of the land plant glycoside hydrolase subfamily GH5_11. 2019. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 138:205-218.

15. Zhang D.#, Zhou Y.#, Zhao X., Lv L., Zhang C., Li J., Sun G., Li S.*, Song C.* Development and Utilization of Introgression Lines Using Synthetic Octaploid Wheat (Aegilops tauschii × Hexaploid Wheat) as Donor. 2018. Front Plant Sci. 9:1113.

16. Sun G.#, Xu Y.#, Liu H.#, Sun T., Zhang J., Hetternhausen C., Shen G., Qi J. Qin Y., Li J., Wang L., Chang W., Guo Z., Baldwin I. T., Wu J.* Large-scale gene losses underlie the genome evolution of parasitic plant Cuscuta australis. 2018. Nature Communications. 9:?2683

17. Zhuang H.#, Li J., Song J., Hettenhausen C., Schuman M. C., Sun G., Zhang C., Li J., Song D., Wu J.* Aphid (Myzus persicae) feeding on the parasitic plant dodder (Cuscuta australis) activates defense responses in both the parasite and soybean host. 2018. New Phytol. 218(4):1586-1596.

18. Hettenhausen C.#, Li J.#, Zhuang H., Sun H., Xu Y., Qi J., Zhang J., Lei Y., Qin Y., Sun G., Wang L., Baldwin I.T., Wu J.* Stem parasitic plant Cuscuta australis (dodder) transfers herbivory-induced signals among plants. 2017. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 114(32):E6703-E6709.

19. Li Y.#, Liang H.#, Bai S., Zhou Y., Sun G., Su Y., Gao A., Zhang D.*, Li S.* Molecular Characterization and Variation of the Celiac Disease Epitope Domains among α-Gliadin Genes in Aegilops tauschii. 2017. J Agric Food Chem. 65(16):3422-3429.

20. Lin J.#, Wilson I. W., Ge G., Sun G., Xie F., Yang Y. Wu L., Zhang B. Wu J. Zhang Y., Qiu D.* Whole transcriptome analysis of three leaf stages in two cultivars and one of their F1 hybrid of Camellia sinensis L. with differing EGCG content. 2017. Tree Genetics & Genomes 13:13

21. Pan Y.#, Wang X., Sun G., Li F.*, Gong X.* Application of RAD Sequencing for Evaluating the Genetic Diversity of Domesticated Panax notoginseng (Araliaceae). 2016. PLoS One. 11(11):e0166419.

22. Sun T.#, Renner S.S., Xu Y., Qin Y., Wu J.*, Sun G.* Two hAT transposon genes were transferred from Brassicaceae to broomrapes and are actively expressed in some recipients. 2016. Sci Rep. 6:30192.

23. Sun T.#, Xu Y.#, Zhang D., Zhuang H., Wu J., Sun G.*. An acyltransferase gene that putatively functions in anthocyanin modification was horizontally transferred from Fabaceae into the genus Cuscuta [J]. 2016. Plant Diversity. 38: 149-155.

24.  Bellot S.#, Cusimano N., Luo S., Sun G., Zarre S., Gr?ger A., Temsch E., Renner S.S.* Assembled Plastid and Mitochondrial Genomes, as well as Nuclear Genes, Place the Parasite Family Cynomoriaceae in the Saxifragales. 2016. Genome Biol Evol. 8(7):2214-30.

25. Yang Y.#, Zhu K., Wu J., Liu L., Sun G., He Y., Chen F., Yu D.* Identification and characterization of a novel NAC-like gene in chrysanthemum (Dendranthema lavandulifolium). 2016. Plant Cell Rep. 35(8):1783-98.

26. Qi J.#, Sun G.#, Wang L.#, Zhao C.#, Hettenhausen C., Schuman M., Baldwin I., Li J., Song J., Liu Z., Xu G., Lu X., Wu J.* Oral secretions from Mythimna separata insects specifically induce defense responses in maize as revealed by high-dimensional biological data. 2016. Plant, Cell & Environment. 39: 1749–1766

27. Hettenhausen C.#, Sun G.#, He Y., Zhuang H., Sun T., Qi J., and Wu J.* Genome-wide identification of calcium-dependent protein kinases in soybean and analyses of their transcriptional responses to insect herbivory and drought stress. 2016. Scientific Reports. 6:18973.

28. Liu Y.#, Luo S., Schmidt A., Gershenzon J., Wang G., Sun G., Grant M., Kuang C., Yang M., Jing S., Li C., Schneider B., and Li S.* A geranylfarnesyl diphosphate synthase provides the precursor for sesterterpenoid (C25) formation in the glandular trichomes of Leucosceptrum canum. 2016. The Plant Cell. 28: 804–822

29. Luo J.#, Wei K.#, Wang S., Zhao W., Ma C., Hettenhausen C., Wu J., Cao G., Sun G. Baldwin I. T., Wu J.*, Wang L.* COI1-regulated hydroxylation of jasmonoyl-L-isoleucine impairs Nicotiana attenuata’s resistance to the generalist herbivore Spodoptera litura. 2016. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 64: 2822-2831

30. Li J.#, Hettenhausen C., Sun G., Zhuang H., Li J.*, Wu J.* The parasitic plant Cuscuta australis is highly insensitive to abscisic acid-induced suppression of hypocotyl elongation and seed germination. 2015. PLoS One.10(8): e0135197.

31. Zhang Q.#, Liu H.#, Sun G., Wilson I. W., Wu J., Hoffman, A., Cheng J., Qiu D.* Baseline survey of Root-Associated Microbes of Taxus chinensis (Pilger) Rehd. 2015. PLoS ONE. 10(3): e0123026.

32. Sun H.#, Wang L., Zhang B., Ma J., Hettenhausen C., Cao G., Sun G., Wu J., Wu J.* Scopoletin is a phytoalexin against Alternaria alternata in wild tobacco dependent on jasmonate signalling. 2014. J Exp Bot. 65(15):4305-15.

33.  Sun H.#, Hu X.#, Ma J., Hettenhausena C., Wang L., Sun G., Wu J., and Wu J.* Requirement of ABA signalling-mediated stomatal closure for resistance of wild tobacco to Alternaria alternata. 2014. Plant Pathology 63, 1070-1077.

34. Zhang D.#, Qi J., Yue J., Huang J., Sun T., Li S., Wen J., Hettenhausen C., Wu J., Wang L., Zhuang H., Wu J.*, Sun G.* Root parasitic plant Orobanche aegyptiaca and shoot parasitic plant Cuscuta australis obtained Brassicaceae-specific strictosidine synthase-like genes by horizontal gene transfer. 2014. BMC Plant Biol. 14:19.

35. Zhang N.#, Han Z.#, Sun G.#, Hoffman A., Wilson I.W., Yang Y., Gao Q., Wu J., Xie D., Dai J., Qiu D.* Molecular cloning and characterization of a cytochrome P450 taxoid 9á-hydroxylase in Ginkgo biloba cells. 2014. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 443(3):938-43.

36. Yang Y.#, Zhao H.#, Barrero R.A.#, Zhang B.#, Sun G.#, Wilson I.W., Xie F., Walker K.D., Parks J.W., Bruce R., Guo G., Chen L., Zhang Y., Huang X., Tang Q., Liu H., Bellgard M.I., Hoffman A., Lai J., Qiu D.* Genome sequencing and analysis of the paclitaxel-producing endophytic fungus Penicillium aurantiogriseum NRRL 62431. 2014. BMC Genomics. 15:69.

37.Zhang N.#, Sun G., Dai J., Yang Y., Liu H., Qiu D.* Sequencing and analysis of the transcriptome of Ginkgo biloba L. cells. 2013. China Biotechnology. 33:112-119

38. Yue J.#, Sun G.#, Hu X., Huang J.* The scale and evolutionary significance of horizontal gene transfer in the choanoflagellate Monosiga brevicollis. 2013. BMC Genomics, 14:729.

39. Sun G.#, Yang Y.#, Xie F., Wen J., Wu J., Wilson I.W., Tang Q., Liu H., Qiu D.* Deep Sequencing Reveals Transcriptome Re-Programming of Taxus × media Cells to the Elicitation with Methyl Jasmonate. 2013. PLoS ONE 8(4): e62865.

40. Sun G#., Jr. Stewart C.N., Xiao P., Zhang B.* MicroRNA Expression Analysis in the Cellulosic Biofuel Crop Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) under Abiotic Stress. 2012. PLoS ONE. 7: e32017.

41. Ni T.#, Yue J.#, Sun G., Zou Y., Wen J.*, Huang J.* Ancient gene transfer from algae to animals: Mechanisms and evolutionary significance. 2012. BMC Evol Biol 12: 83.

42. Sun G#*. 2012. MicroRNAs and their diverse functions in plants. Plant Molecular Biology. 80:17-36.

43. Sun G., Wang Q., Zhang B. MicroRNAs in Cotton. Non Coding RNAs in Plants. 2011. RNA Technologies. 301-312

44. Sun G.#, Fu X., Zhang B.* Transcriptome-wide identification and stress properties of 14-3-3 gene family in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). 2011. Functional & Integrative Genomics. 11:627-636.

45. Xie F.#, Sun G., Stiller J., Zhang B.* Genome-wide functional analysis of the cotton transcriptome by creating an integrated EST database. 2011. PLOS One. 6:e26980.

46. Frazier T.#, Sun G., Burklew C., Zhang B.* Salt and Drought Stresses Induce the Aberrant Expression of microRNA Genes in Tobacco. 2011. Molecular Biotechnology. 49:159-165.

47.Sun G.#, Yang Z.#, Kosch T., Summers K., Huang J.* Evidence for acquisition of virulence effectors in pathogenic chytrids. 2011. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11: 195.

48. Sun G.#, Huang J.* Horizontally acquired DAP pathway as a self-regulation unit. 2010. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24: 587-95.

49. Sun G.#, Yang Z., Ishwar A., Huang J.* Algal genes in the closest relatives of animals. 2010. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 27: 2879-2889.

50. Huang J.#*, Sun G., Zhang D. Molecular evolution and phylogeny of the angiosperm ycf2 gene. 2010. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 48: 1759-6831.

51.Tian J.#, Sun G., Ding Q., Huang J., Oruganti S., Xie B. AlienG: an effective computational tool for phylogenomic identification of horizontally transferred genes. 2011. 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICoB). P13-18.

52. Sun G., Shen W., Wen J.* Triosephosphate Isomerase Genes in Two Trophic Modes of Euglenoids (Euglenophyceae) and Their Phylogenetic Analysis. 2008. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 55:170-177.

53. Sun G., Jiang Y., Wen J.* The evolution of metabolic pathway. 2008. Zoological Research. 29:414-420.

54.Shen W.#, Wen J.*, Sun G., Lu Y. Identification of TIM genes from Microcystis (Cyanobacteria: Chroococcales) and theoretic analyses of the potential of cyanobacterial TIM as a target for designing specific inhibitors. 2005. Phycologia. 44: 447–452.

Manuscripts in preparation

1. Sun G.#, Xia M.#, Li J.#, Ma W.#, Fang S., et al. Single-nucleus transcriptome landscapes of the maize epidermis provide insights into the development of drought-tolerance traits. (In revision).



1. The Scientific and Technological Innovation Talent Culture Project in Colleges of Henan Province. Horizontal gene transfer in the genome of parasitic plant Cuscuta. ¥600,000 2018-2020

2.The National Natural Science Foundation of China. Genome-wide identification of horizontally transferred genes in the parasitic plant dodder genome and study on their evolutionary significance and molecular mechanisms of occurrences. ¥600,000 2018-1021

3.The New Faculty Start-up fund in Henan University. ¥500,000 2016-2021

4.The Western Light Talent Culture Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The impact of horizontal gene transfer to root parasitic plants and the mechanism of horizontal gene transfer in plants. ¥300,000 2015-1017

5. The Young Academic and Technical Leader Raising Foundation of Yunnan Province. The horizontal gene transfer in plants. ¥120,000 2015-1017

6. The National Natural Science Foundation of China. The mRNA transport between parasitic plants and their hosts. ¥300,000 2015-1018

7. The National Natural Science Foundation of China. Horizontal Gene Transfer in Root and Stem Non-obligate Holoparasitic Plants and its Occurring Mechanisms in Higher Plants, ¥230,000 2014-1016

8. The Yunnan Tobacco Research Institute of Agricultural Science, Kunming, China. The transcriptome analysis of tobacco from different tissues and developmental stages. ¥1,070,000 2013-1014

9.The New Faculty Start-up fund in KIB, Kunming, China. The interaction of parasitic plants and their hosts. ¥200,000 2011-2014

10.The Natural Science Foundation of Yunan Province, The compartmentation of glycolytic pathway in green alga Chlamydomonas. (No. 2008CD170) ¥60,000 2008-2010


1. “Bioinformatics” for Graduate, Master and Ph. D students, HENU, September to December, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

2. “Python programming for bioinformatics” for Graduate, Master and Ph. D students, Henu, February to present, 2017

3. “Bioinformatics” for Master and Ph. D students, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, September to December, 2014

4. “Plant Molecular Biology” for Ph. D students, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, May, 2013


Ph.D. Theses

1. Yuxing Xu (09.2014 - 06.2019), Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS

2. Shenglong Bai (09.2016 - present), Henan University

Master Theses

1. Qingzeng Li (09.2020 - present), HENU

2. Jinjin Xie (09.2020 - present), HENU

Graduated Masters

1. Ting Sun (09.2013 – 06.2016), Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS. Work in Henan University after graduation.

2. Menghua Mu (09.2015 – 06.2018), Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS

3. Shanshan Fang (09.2016 – 06.2019), HENU

4. Pengyu Ma (09.2016 – 06.2019), HENU

5. Mingzhang Xia (09.2017 – 06.2021), HENU

6. Wen Ma (09.2018 - 06.2021), HENU

7. Jingyi Hou (09.2018 - 06.2021), HENU


1. Sun G. Plant & Animal Genome XXVI (PAG 2018) Large-scale gene losses underlie the genome evolution of parasitic plant Cuscuta australis. Presentation.

2. Sun G. 2016. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference 2016, July 3-7, Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland. (Post Presentation)

3. Sun G. 2015. Novel Class II hAT transposons were laterally transferred from Brassicaceae to Orobanchaceae. 13th Parasitic Plant Conference. Kunming, China. (Oral Presentation)

4. Sun G. 2011. Identification, characterization and expression analysis of microRNAs in cotton. In Vitro Biology Meeting. P51. Raleigh, USA. (Interactive Poster)

5. Sun G. 2009. The 17th annual meeting of SMBE, University of Iowa, USA.

Visiting Scholar

1. Prof. Susanne Renner’s Lab, Botanical Institute, University of Munich (LMU), April-July, 2015 in collaboration study of parasitic plant genomes and evolution.

2. Prof. David Galbraith’s Lab, Biology Department, University of Arizona (UA), Dec. 2019 – Nov. 2020 in cell sorting and high throughput snRNA-seq.





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