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Zhang Qingzhu

Time:2018-08-07Source: ClickTimes:

Name: Zhang, Qingzhu

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Professor

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

Research Specialty:

(1) Tree epigenetics and environmental responses

(2) Tree abiotic stresses tolerances

Research Interest:

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.

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