Name: Zhang, Qingzhu
Phone number: 86-130-3009-1203
Address: Room 226, Shaw(Yifu)Teaching Building, Northeast Forestry University
Education and Training:
1995 – 2000: Hebei Normal University, Bachelor of Biology
2000 – 2003: Hebei Normal University, Master of Cell Biology
2004 – 2009: Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Ph.D. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2009 – 2010: University of California at Riverside, Postdoctoral Training in Plant Epigenetics
2010 – 2012: Purdue University, Postdoctoral Training in Plant Epigenetics
2003 – 2004: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Research Associate
2009 – 2009: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Research Associate
2012-2016: Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CAS, Associate Professor
2016– now: Northeast Forestry University, Professor
（1） Tree epigenetics and environmental responses
（2） Tree abiotic stresses tolerances
My long-term research objectives are to determine i) how epigenetics regulates plant phenotypic plasticity involved in environmental adaptation, ii) epigenetic roles in hybrid performances, and iii) epigenetics mediated tree improvements and forestry management. To do this, the epigenomic as well as genetic approach will be employed to study the roles of functional naturally occurring epialleles related to life history traits in establishing responses to the environment in the long-term range, and to study how different epialleles interact to establish gene expression levels after hybridization. These aims will be accomplished by genomic, genetic, molecular biology and computational methods utilizing long-live trees including white birch (Betula platyphylla) and ashtree (Fraxinus mandshurica) with high-quality genome. It has been clear that epigenetic influence phenotypic diversity and hybrid performances, and my future research goals aim to investigate the mechanism of these phenomena as well as its application in tree improvement and forestry silviculture.
He L., Wu W., Zinta G., Yang L., Wang D., Liu R., Zhang H., Zheng Z., Huang H.,Zhang Q*., Zhu J-K*. (2018) A naturally occurring epiallele associates with leaf senescence and local climate adaptation in Arabidopsis accessions. Nature Communications, 9(1):460. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-02839-3/ (*co-corresponding author)
Zhang Q., Wang D., Lang Z., He L., Yang L., Zeng L., Li Y., Zhao C., Huang H., Zhang H., Zhang H., and Zhu J-K (2016). Methylation interactions in Arabidopsis hybridsrequire RNA-directed DNA methylation and are influenced by genetic variation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 19;113(29): E4248-56. doi:10.1073/pnas.1607851113
Zhang Q*., Li Y., Xu T., Srivastava A. K., Wang D., Zeng L., Yang L., He L., Zhang H., Zheng Z., Yang D-L, Zhao C., Dong J., Gong Z., Liu R., Zhu J-K*. (2016) Regulation of salicylic acid metabolism by the chromatin remodeler ddm1 promotes hybrid vigor. Cell Discovery, 9;2:16027. doi:10.1038/celldisc.2016.27. (*co-corresponding author)
Zhang Q., Li H., Li R., Hu R., Fan C., Chen F., Wang Z., Liu X., Fu Y., Lin C. (2008).Association of the circadian rhythmic expression of GmCRY1a with a latitudinal cline in photoperiodic flowering of soybean. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 105, 21028-21033, doi:10.1073/pnas.0810585105.
Zheng Z., Yu H., Miki D., Jin D.,Zhang Q. ,Ren Z., Gong Z., Zhang H., Zhu J-K. (2015) Involvement of multiple gene silencing pathways in a paramutation-like phenomenon in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports, 26; 11(8):1160-7. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2015.04.034.
Hu R., Fan C., Li H.,Zhang Q.,Lin C., Fu Y. (2009) Evaluation of putative reference genes for gene expression normalization in soybean by quantitative real-time RT-PCR. BMC Genomics, 2009, 28;10:93. doi:10.1186/1471-2199-10-93.