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    ZHANG Xiaoming
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Genomics
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    The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China
    Group of Insect-Plant Interaction      

    Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Peking University (2007) and worked in University of California, Riverside, as a postdoctoral fellow (2008-2014). Now he is the group leader of “Group of Insect-plant Interaction”, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
    Dr. Zhang has been focusing on the biogenesis and anti-pathogenic function of RNA silencing since 2001. He revealed the interaction of plant and pathogen with molecular biological and genome biological studies, and uncovered the mechanism of plant innate immunity mediated by RNA silencing.
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    His current research interest focuses on the co-evolution of pests or insect-borne diseases and plants with the following studies: 1) the function of RNA silencing upon the stress of insect pests or insect-borne diseases; 2) the function of other epigenetic modifications upon the stress of insect pests or insect-borne diseases; 3) the function of hormone signaling pathways and secondary metabolites upon the stress of insect pests or insect-borne diseases.
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    Selected Publication:
    1. Huang, J., Yang, M., Zhang, X*. (2016). The function of small RNAs in plant biotic stress response. J Integrative Plant Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12463 (IF 3.335)
    2. Zhang, X., Niu, D., Carbonell, A., Wang, A., Lee, A., Tun, V., Wang, Z., Carrington, J., Chang, C., and Jin, H. (2014). Argonaute PIWI domain and microRNA duplex structure regulate small RNA sorting in Arabidopsis . Nature communication 5. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6468
    3. Zhang, X., Lii, Y., Wu, Z., Polishko, A., Zhang, H., Chinnusamy, V., Lonardi, S., Zhu, J.-K., Liu, R., and Jin, H. (2013). Mechanisms of Small RNA Generation from Cis-NATs in Response to Environmental and Developmental Cues. Molecular Plant 6, 704-715.
    4. Zhang X., * Xia J., Lii Y., Barrera-Figueroa B., Zhou X., Gao S., Lu L., Niu D., Liang W., Chen Z., Leung C., Wong T., Guo J., Li Y., Liu R., Zhu J.K., Zhang W., Jin H., Zhang H. (2012). Genome-wide analysis of plant nat-siRNAs reveals novel insights into their distribution, biogenesis and function. Genome Biol. 13(3):R20
    5. Zhang, X., * Zhao, H., Gao, S., Wang, W., Katiyar-Agarwal, S., Huang, H., Raikhel, N., and Jin, H. (2011). Arabidopsis Argonaute 2 Regulates Innate Immunity via miRNA393*-Mediated Silencing of a Golgi-Localized SNARE Gene, MEMB12. Molecular Cell 42, 356-366.
    6. Padmanabhan, C., Zhang, X.,* and Jin, H. (2009). Host small RNAs are big contributors to plant innate immunity. Curr Opin Plant Biol 12, 465-472.
    7. Zhang, X., Du, P., Lu, L., Xiao, Q., Wang, W., Cao, X., Ren, B., Wei, C., and Li, Y. (2008). Contrasting effects of HC-Pro and 2b viral suppressors from Sugarcane mosaic virus and Tomato aspermy cucumovirus on the accumulation of siRNAs. Virology 374, 351-360.
    8. Zhang, W., Gao, S., Zhou, X., Chellappan, P., Chen, Z., Zhou, X., Zhang, X., Fromuth, N., Coutino, G., Coffey, M., and Jin, H. (2011). Bacteria-responsive microRNAs regulate plant innate immunity by modulating plant hormone networks. Plant Molecular Biology 75, 93-105.
    9. Zhang, W., Gao, S., Zhou, X., Xia, J., Chellappan, P., Zhou, X., Zhang, X., and Jin, H. (2010). Multiple distinct small RNAs originate from the same microRNA precursors. Genome Biology 11.
    10. Chellappan, P., Xia, J., Zhou, X., Gao, S., Zhang, X., Coutino, G., Vazquez, F., Zhang, W., and Jin, H. (2010). siRNAs from miRNA sites mediate DNA methylation of target genes. Nucleic Acids Research 38, 6883-6894.
    11. Tsuchisaka, A., Yu, G., Jin, H., Alonso, J.M., Ecker, J.R., Zhang, X., Gao, S., and Theologis, A. (2009). A Combinatorial Interplay Among the 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylate Isoforms Regulates Ethylene Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 183, 979-1003.
    12. Cao, X., Zhou, P., Zhang, X., Zhu, S., Zhong, X., Xiao, Q., Ding, B., and Li, Y. (2005). Identification of an RNA silencing suppressor from a plant double-stranded RNA virus. Journal of Virology 79, 13018-13027.