Name: Wenxian Liu

Country: China


College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology,
Lanzhou University,
Lanzhou Associate Professor.

Phone no: (86)15393123815

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College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology,
Lanzhou University,
Lanzhou 730020,
P. R. China.

Research Interests:

  1. Molecular markers development and germplasm evaluation in alfalfa.
  2. Using genetics, genomics, molecular and cell biology approaches to understand functions of key genes that control important aspects of plant growth and development in alfalfa.


  • Prof. Wenxian Lin obtained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 2000, specializing in computational fluid dynamics. 
  • After that, he went to Texas Tech University, USA where he worked as a Postdoc at the Department of Chemical Engineering in the first year and was promoted to Research Professor in the second year. 
  • He returned to the University of Sydney in Sept 2002 to work as an ARC Research Associate, and got his ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2003 to work at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering until Jan 2006. 
  • He moved to James Cook University in Feb 2006 to take up a Senior Lecturer position at the School of Engineering and has been a Professor since Jan 2016. 
  • He served as the Head of Discipline of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Science & Engineering (former School of Engineering & Physical Sciences) since 2010.


  1. Zhengshe Zhang, Xueyang Min, Zefu Wang, Yanrong Wang, Zhipeng Liu*, Wenxian Liu*. Genome-wide development and utilization of novel intron-length polymorphic (ILP) markers in Medicago sativa. Molecular Breeding. 2017, 37(7):87.
  2. Rui Dong, Deke Dong, Dong Luo, Qiang Zhou, Xutian Chai, Wengang Xie, Wenxian Liu, Yang Dong, Yanrong Wang, Zhipeng Liu*. Transcriptome analyses reveal candidate pod shattering-associated genes involved in the pod ventral sutures of common vetch (Vicia sativa L.). Frontiers in Plant Science. 2017, 8(649):1-14.
  3. Wenxian Liu, Conghui Xiong, Longfeng Yan, Zhengshe Zhang, Lichao Ma, Yanrong Wang, Yajie Liu, Zhipeng Liu*. Transcriptome analyses reveal candidate genes potentially involved in Al stress response in Alfalfa. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2017, 8(26):1-11.
  4. Xiaoli Tao, Lichao Ma, Zhengshe Zhang, Wenxian Liu, Zhipeng, Liu*. Characterization of the complete chloroplast genome of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) (Leguminosae). Gene Reports. 2017, 6:67-73.
  5. Yang Yang, Wenxian Liu, Xiyan Mu, Suzhen Qi, Bin Fu, Chengju Wang*. Biological response of zebrafish embryos after short-term exposure to thifluzamide. Scientific Reports. 2016, 6:38485.
  6. Wenxian Liu, Zheshe Zhang, Shuangyan Chen, Lichao Ma, Hucheng Wang, Rui Dong, Yanrong Wang, Zhipeng Liu*. Global transcriptome profiling analysis reveals insight into saliva-responsive genes in alfalfa. Plant Cell Reports. 2016, 35 (3):561-571.
  7. Wenxian Liu, Xitao Jia, Zhimin Liu, Zhengshe Zhang, Yanrong Wang*, Zhipeng Liu, Wengang Xie. Development and characterization of transcription factor gene-derived microsatellite (TFGM) markers in Medicago truncatula and their transferability in leguminous and non-leguminous species. Molecules. 2015, 20 (5):8759-8771.
  8. Zhengshe Zhang, Wenxian Liu*, Xiao Qi, Zhipeng Liu, Wengang Xie, Yanrong Wang. Genome-wide identification, expression profiling, and SSR marker development of the bZIP transcription factor family in Medicago truncatula. Biochemical Systematics & Ecology. 2015, 61:218-228.
  9. Hongyan Di, Zhen Duan, Kai Luo, Daiyu Zhang, Fan Wu, Jiyu Zhang*, Wenxian Liu, Yanrong Wang. Interspecific phylogenic relationships within genus Melilotus based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA. Plos One. 2015, 10 (7):e0132596
  10. Wengang Xie*, Xuhong Zhao, Jianqan Zhang, Yanrong Wang, Wenxian Liu. Assessment of genetic diversity of Siberian wild rye (Elymus sibiricus L.) germplasms with variation of seed shattering and implication for future genetic improvement. Biochemical Systematics & Ecology. 2015, 58:211-218.