Research Associate Professor |School of Life Sciences, Department of Biology, |Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

2020 Southern University of Science and Technology Research Associate Professor

2017 Southern University of Science and Technology Research Assistant Professor

2013 Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Postdoc

2013 Humboldt University of Berlin Ph.D. (Cell Biology)

2007 College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University M.Sc. Med. (Pharmacology)

2005 Zhejiang University B.Sc. Med. (Pharmaceutical Sciences) & B.Sc. (Biotechnology)

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1. Study tumor heterogeneity using single-cell sequencing, aiming at identification of key transcription factors that drive tumor phenotype;

2. Identification of key factors that affect the EMT phenotype and the Wnt signaling in tumor cells using pooled CRISPR screen;

3. Modeling tumor development using organoid culture to study the crosstalk between different driver mutations;

4. Development of novel CRISPR-based genetic screening platforms for identification of modulators of different RNA posttranscriptional regulations;

5. Development of various techniques related to single-cell sequencing.

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Long, Y., Z. Liu, J. Jia, W. Mo, L. Fang, D. Lu, B. Liu, H. Zhang, W. Chen and J. Zhai (2021). “FlsnRNA-seq: protoplasting-free full-length single-nucleus RNA profiling in plants.” Genome Biol 22(1): 66.

Fang, L.*#, G. Li#, Z. Sun, Q. Zhu, H. Cui, Y. Li, J. Zhang, W. Liang, W. Wei, Y. Hu and W. Chen* (2021). “CASB: a concanavalin A-based sample barcoding strategy for single-cell sequencing.” Mol Syst Biol 17(4): e10060.


Yi, H.#, G. Li#, Y. Long, W. Liang, H. Cui, B. Zhang, Y. Tan, Y. Li, L. Shen, D. Deng, Y. Tang, C. Mao, S. Tian, Y. Cai, Q. Zhu, Y. Hu*, W. Chen* and L. Fang* (2020). “Integrative multi-omics analysis of a colon cancer cell line with heterogeneous Wnt activity revealed RUNX2 as an epigenetic regulator of EMT.” Oncogene 39(28): 5152-5164.

Wu, X., Y. Zheng, M. Liu, Y. Li, S. Ma, W. Tang, W. Yan, M. Cao, W. Zheng, L. Jiang, J. Wu, F. Han, Z. Qin, L. Fang, W. Hu, Z. Chen* and X. Zhang* (2020). “BNIP3L/NIX degradation leads to mitophagy deficiency in ischemic brains.” Autophagy: 1-13.

Su, X., Y. Feng, S. A. Rahman, S. Wu, G. Li, F. Ruschendorf, L. Zhao, H. Cui, J. Liang, L. Fang, H. Hu, S. Froehler, Y. Yu, G. Patone, O. Hummel, Q. Chen, K. Raile, F. C. Luft, S. Bahring, K. Hussain, W. Chen, J. Zhang and M. Gong (2020). “Phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase beta mutations cause nonsyndromic sensorineural deafness and inner ear malformation.” J Genet Genomics 47(10): 618-626.

Praktiknjo, S. D.*#, B. Obermayer#, Q. Zhu#, L. Fang, H. Liu, H. Quinn, M. Stoeckius, C. Kocks, W. Birchmeier* and N. Rajewsky* (2020). “Tracing tumorigenesis in a solid tumor model at single-cell resolution.” Nat Commun 11(1): 991.

Li, Y.#, B. Schaefke*#, X. Zou, M. Zhang, F. Heyd, W. Sun, B. Zhang, G. Li, W. Liang, Y. He, J. Zhou, Y. Li, L. Fang, Y. Hu and W. Chen* (2020). “Pan-tissue analysis of allelic alternative polyadenylation suggests widespread functional regulation.” Mol Syst Biol 16(4): e9367.

Fang, L.*#, W. Wang#, G. Li#, L. Zhang, J. Li, D. Gan, J. Yang, Y. Tang, Z. Ding, M. Zhang, W. Zhang, D. Deng, Z. Song, Q. Zhu, H. Cui, Y. Hu and W. Chen* (2020). “CIGAR-seq, a CRISPR/Cas-based method for unbiased screening of novel mRNA modification regulators.” Mol Syst Biol 16(11): e10025.


Zhu, Q.#, L. Fang#, J. Heuberger, A. Kranz, J. Schipper, K. Scheckenbach, R. O. Vidal, D. Y. Sunaga-Franze, M. Muller, A. Wulf-Goldenberg, S. Sauer and W. Birchmeier* (2019). “The Wnt-Driven Mll1 Epigenome Regulates Salivary Gland and Head and Neck Cancer.” Cell Rep 26(2): 415-428 e415.

Wang, X., X. You, J. D. Langer, J. Hou, F. Rupprecht, I. Vlatkovic, C. Quedenau, G. Tushev, I. Epstein, B. Schaefke, W. Sun, L. Fang, G. Li, Y. Hu, E. M. Schuman and W. Chen* (2019). “Full-length transcriptome reconstruction reveals a large diversity of RNA and protein isoforms in rat hippocampus.” Nat Commun 10(1): 5009.

Qi, X. T., Y. L. Li, Y. Q. Zhang, T. Xu, B. Lu, L. Fang, J. Q. Gao, L. S. Yu, D. F. Zhu, B. Yang, Q. J. He and M. D. Ying (2019). “KLF4 functions as an oncogene in promoting cancer stem cell-like characteristics in osteosarcoma cells.” Acta Pharmacol Sin 40(4): 546-555.

Lam, J. H., Y. Li, L. Zhu, R. Umarov, H. Jiang, A. Heliou, F. K. Sheong, T. Liu, Y. Long, Y. Li, L. Fang, R. B. Altman, W. Chen*, X. Huang* and X. Gao* (2019). “A deep learning framework to predict binding preference of RNA constituents on protein surface.” Nat Commun 10(1): 4941.

Chen, T., B. Zhang, T. Ziegenhals, A. B. Prusty, S. Frohler, C. Grimm, Y. Hu, B. Schaefke, L. Fang, M. Zhang, N. Kraemer, A. M. Kaindl, U. Fischer* and W. Chen* (2019). “A missense mutation in SNRPE linked to non-syndromal microcephaly interferes with U snRNP assembly and pre-mRNA splicing.” PLoS Genet 15(10): e1008460.


Weng, Q., J. Wang, J. Wang, J. Wang, F. Sattar, Z. Zhang, J. Zheng, Z. Xu, M. Zhao, X. Liu, L. Yang, G. Hao, L. Fang, Q. R. Lu, B. Yang and Q. He (2018). “Lenalidomide regulates CNS autoimmunity by promoting M2 macrophages polarization.” Cell Death Dis 9(2): 251.

Schaefke, B.#, W. Sun#, Y. S. Li#, L. Fang and W. Chen (2018). “The evolution of posttranscriptional regulation.” Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA 9(5): e1485.

Fang, L., Q. Zhu, M. Neuenschwander, E. Specker, A. Wulf-Goldenberg, W. I. Weis, J. P. von Kries and W. Birchmeier (2016). “A Small-Molecule Antagonist of the beta-Catenin/TCF4 Interaction Blocks the Self-Renewal of Cancer Stem Cells and Suppresses Tumorigenesis.” Cancer Res 76(4): 891-901.

Wend, P., L. Fang, Q. Zhu, J. H. Schipper, C. Loddenkemper, F. Kosel, V. Brinkmann, K. Eckert, S. Hindersin, J. D. Holland, S. Lehr, M. Kahn, U. Ziebold and W. Birchmeier (2013). “Wnt/beta-catenin signalling induces MLL to create epigenetic changes in salivary gland tumours.” EMBO J 32(14): 1977-1989.

Holland, J. D., B. Gyorffy, R. Vogel, K. Eckert, G. Valenti, L. Fang, P. Lohneis, S. Elezkurtaj, U. Ziebold and W. Birchmeier (2013). “Combined Wnt/beta-catenin, Met, and CXCL12/CXCR4 signals characterize basal breast cancer and predict disease outcome.” Cell Rep 5(5): 1214-1227.

Jia, P., R. Sheng, J. Zhang, L. Fang, Q. He, B. Yang and Y. Hu (2009). “Design, synthesis and evaluation of galanthamine derivatives as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.” Eur J Med Chem 44(2): 772-784.

Xu, D., L. Fang, Q. Zhu, Y. Hu, Q. He and B. Yang (2008). “Antimultidrug-resistant effect and mechanism of a novel CA-4 analogue MZ3 on leukemia cells.” Pharmazie 63(7): 528-533.

Weng, Q., D. Wang, P. Guo, L. Fang, Y. Hu, Q. He and B. Yang (2008). “Q39, a novel synthetic Quinoxaline 1,4-Di-N-oxide compound with anti-cancer activity in hypoxia.” Eur J Pharmacol 581(3): 262-269.

Fang, L., L. Shen, Y. Fang, Y. Hu, Q. He and B. Yang (2008). “MZ3 can induce G2/M-phase arrest and apoptosis in human leukemia cells.” J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 134(12): 1337-1345.

Fang, L., Q. He, Y. Hu and B. Yang (2007). “MZ3 induces apoptosis in human leukemia cells.” Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 59(3): 397-405.

Yang, B., L. Fan, L. Fang and Q. He (2006). “Hypoxia-mediated fenretinide (4-HPR) resistance in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells.” Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 58(4): 540-546.

He, Q., R. Li, L. Fang, H. Ying, Y. Hu and B. Yang (2006). “Antileukemia activity of MSFTZ-a novel flavanone analog.” Anticancer Drugs 17(6): 641-647.

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