Research Group of Plant Abiotic Stresses and Plant Genome Evolution

Research Areas

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.

Principal Investigator (PI)
Zhaoqing Chu, Ph.D., Professor
Tel: 021-57799383; 021-37792288-958 Fax: 86-21-6765-7800
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, 3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang, Shanghai, 201602, China

 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.

Changmei Song
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-966
Jianmei Cao
Ph D., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-966
Min Jiang
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-966
Wei Wang
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-953


Chao Niu(2015)

Na Li(2016)

  1. Yu Yang, Wei Wang, Zhaoqing Chu, JiangKang Zhu, and Huiming Zhang*. Roles of Nuclear Pores and Nucleo-cytoplasmic Trafficking in Plant Stress Responses. Front in Plant Science. 2017. 8: 574.

  2. Guochen Qin, Jun Ma, Xiaomei Chen, Zhaoqing Chu* & Yi min She*. Methylated-antibody affinity purification to improve proteomic identification of plant RNA polymerase Pol V complex and the interacting proteins. Scientific Reports. 2017. 7, 42943.

  3. Feng Wen*, Xiaozhu Wu, Tongjian Li, Mingliang Jia, Xinshen Liu, Peng Li, Xiaojian Zhou, Xinxin Ji, Xiaomin Yue. Genome-wide survey of heat shock factors and heat shock protein 70s and their regulatory network under abiotic stresses in Brachypodium distachyonPLoS ONE. 2017. 12(7): e0180352.

  4. Jianmei Cao, Min Jiang, Peng LiZhaoqing Chu* Genome-wide Identification and Evolutionary Analyses of the PP2C Gene Family with Their Expression Profiling in Response to Multiple Stresses in Brachypodium distachyon. BMC Genomics .2016. 17:175.

  5. Min Jiang, Feng Wen, Jianmei Cao, Peng LiJessica She and Zhaoqing Chu* Genome-Wide Exploration of the Molecular Evolution and Regulatory Network of Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase Cascades upon Multiple Stresses in Brachypodium distachyon.   BMC genomics .2015.  16:227.

  6. Xiang LiuZhaoqing Chu* Genome-wide Evolutionary Characterization and Analysis of bZIP Transcription Factors and Their Expression Profiles in Response to Multiple Abiotic Stresses in Brachypodium distachyon. BMC genomics .2015. 16:228.

  7. Jianhua Liu*, Yonghui Jia, Juntao Li, Zhaoqing Chu* Transcriptional Profiling Analysis of Individual Kinase-deletion Strains of Fission Yeast in Response to Nitrogen Starvation.  Molecular Genetics and  Genomics .2015. 290:1067–1083. 

  8. Feng Wen, Hong Zhu, Peng Li, Min JiangWenqing Mao, Chermaine Ong, Zhaoqing Chu* Genome-Wide Evolutionary Characterization and Expression Analyses of WRKY Family Genes in Brachypodium distachyon. DNA Research .2014.21(3):327-39.

  9. Hong Zhu, Feng Wen, Peng Li, Xiang Liu, Jianmei Cao, Min Jiang, Feng Ming, Zhaoqing Chu* Validation of a Reference Gene (BdFIM) for Quantifying Transgene Copy Numbers in Brachypodium distachyon by Real-Time PCR.  Appllied Biochemistry & Biotechnology .2014. 172(6):3163-75.

  10. Xiang Liu, Xiaozun Li, Si Min Chermaine Ong and Zhaoqing Chu* Progress of Phytoremediation: Focus on New Plant and Molecular Mechanism. Journal of Plant Biology and Soil Health .2013. 1:1.