Our research focuses on studying signal transductions of plant abiotic stresses and the mechanisms of stresses tolerance in plant genome evolution. We are searching and using those poaceae plant resources which can survive in extreme environments like high salt, cold and drought etc. Yeast functional complementary assay is adapted to screen evolutionary conserved abiotic stress resistant genes from the poaceae plants. The genes abiotic resistant mechanism will be studied in new poaceae model Brachypodium distachyon. Those genes with strong abiotic stress resistance will be applied to improve crops and turf grasses abiotic stresses tolerant ability through gene engineering.
Zhaoqing Chu obtained his PhD at National Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics (NKLPMG) at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE) and pursued his post-doctoral fellow research at Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (IMA) and subsequently renamed as Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), Research associate research at Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Research Fellow research at National University of Singapore. He Joined Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences in August of 2011. Currently he is principal investigator of the plant abiotic stress and plant genome evolution group.