Name: Jian Zhao

Country: China


Professor of Molecular Genetics,
National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement,
Huazhong Agricultural University.

Phone no: 86+27-87385199

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No 1. Shizishan Street, Hongshan District,
Hubei province, Wuhan, China 430070.

Research Interests:

Pathogenisis, plant pathogenisis and plant defense response, drug discovery, drug resistance



  • Excellent Graduate awards. Northeast Normal University, 1995
  • JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) Research Fellow, 2000
  • NSF travel award to IV International Legume Meeting (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2008)
  • NSF travel award to Plant Biology 2010 (Montreal, Canada, 2010)

Selected Publications:

  1. Zhao J, Wang X. (2013) Biochemical analysis of the interaction between phospholipase Dα1 and GTP-binding protein α-subunit from Arabidopsis thaliana. Methods Mol Biol. 1043:21-35.
  2. Zhao J, Devaiah SP, Wang C, Li M, Welti R, Wang X.(2013) Arabidopsis phospholipase Dβ1 affects defense responses to bacterial and fungal pathogens. New Phytologist  199:228-240
  3. Verdier J*, Zhao J*, Torres-Jerez I, Ge S, He XZ, Mysore KS, Dixon RA, Udvardi MK (2012) The MtPAR MYB transcription factor acts as an on-switch for proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.  109 (5): 1766-1771          * equal contribution to this work.
  4. Zhao J, Wang C, Bedair M, Welti R, Sumner LW, Ivan Baxter I, Wang X. (2011) Suppression of phospholipase Dγs confers an increased aluminum resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE. 6(12): e28086. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028086
  5. Zhao J, Huhman D, Shadle G, He XZ, Sumner LW, Tang Y, Dixon RA.(2011)  MATE2 mediates vacuolar sequestration of glycosylated and malonylated flavonoids in Medicago truncatula. Plant Cell. 23: 1536-1555. 
  6. Zhao J, Connorton JM, Guo YQ, Li X, Shigaki T, Hirschi KD, Pittman JK. (2009) Functional studies of split Arabidopsis Ca2+/H+ exchangers. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 284:34075-34083. 
  7. Zhao J, Dixon, RA. (2009) MATE transporters facilitate vacuolar uptake of epicatechin 3'-O-glucoside for proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula and Arabidopsis. Plant Cell.  21: 2323-2340.
  8. Zhao J, Shigaki T, Mei H, Guo YQ, Cheng NH, Hirschi KD. (2009) Interaction between Arabidopsis Ca2+/H+ exchangers CAX1 and CAX3. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284: 4605-4615.
  9. Zhao J, Cheng NH, Motes CM, Blancaflor EB, Moore M, Gonzales N, Padmanaban S, Sze H, Ward JM, Hirschi KD. (2008) AtCHX13 is a plasma membrane K+ transporter. Plant Physiology 148:796-807.
  10. Buseman CM, Tamura P, Sparks AA, Baughman E, Maatta S, Zhao J, Roth MR, Esch SW, Shah J, Williams TD, Welti R. (2006) Wounding stimulates the accumulation of glycerolipids containing oxophytodienoic acid and dinor-oxophytodienoic acid in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Physiology 142:28-39.