Chunhui Hou

Associate Professor College of Science

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1. Sun J , He N , et al. Global Quantitative Mapping of Enhancers in Rice Genome by STARR-seq[J]. Genomics Proteomics & Bioinformatics, 2019, 17(2).

2. Niu L, Shen W, et al. Amplification-free library preparation with SAFE Hi-C uses ligation products for deep sequencing to improve traditional Hi-C analysis[J]. Communications Biology, 2019, 2(1).

3.Li Li#, Xiaowen Lyu#, Chunhui Hou#, Naomi Takenaka, Huy Q. Nguyen, Chin-Tong Ong, Caelin Cubenas-Potts, Ming Hu, Elissa P. Lei, Giovanni Bosco, Zhaohui S. Qin, and Victor G. Corces*. Widespread Rearrangement of 3D Chromatin Organization Underlies Polycomb-mediated Stress-induced Silencing. Mol Cell. 2015 April 16, 58. (#co-first author)

4.Hou C#, Li L#, Qin ZS*, Corces VG*. Gene density, transcription, and insulators contribute to the partition of the Drosophila genome into physical domains. Mol Cell. 2012 Nov 9;48(3):471-84. (#co-first author)

5.Hou, C.H., Dale, R. and Dean, A. Cell type specificity of chromatin organization mediated by CTCF and cohesin. PNAS, 107 (8): 3651-3656, 2010

6.Hou, C.H., Zhao, H., Tanimoto, K. and Dean, A. CTCF-dependent enhancer blocking by alternative chromatin loop formation. PNAS, 105 (51): 20398-20403, 2008.

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Welcome to the Department of Biology! Since its establishment in 2012, the Department of Biology has attracted internationally renowned professors to join as leaders and dozens of young scientists to start their independent academic career here pursuit of excellence in research and teaching. The research interests of our faculty members include diverse topics such as systems biology, plant biology, neurobiology, structural biology and molecular cell biology. The primary goals of our faculty are to address the most significant fundamental biological questions and to develop new strategies to treat various complex diseases. Such efforts will benefit from the shared inter-disciplinary collaborative spirit deeply rooted in the minds of all the faculty members working in different departments at SUSTech.


Mentoring the next generation biologists with the highest standards is another primary task of the Department of Biology. Our professors choose internationally acclaimed textbooks to teach core courses biological sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Undergraduates are encouraged to join the laboratory early to get firsthand working experience in basic and/or applied biological research, which helps them to consolidate the mastering of basic techniques, to broaden their knowledge horizons and to acquire the capabilities of problem identifying, hypothesis formulating and problem solving.


Life science, one of the fastest developing natural scientific disciplines, has been the driving force behind the growth of the world economy and provides the know for the development of new technologies serving to improve the human health and welfare at large. Wit generous financial support from the Shenzhen municipal government, we are confident that the Department of Biology in SUSTech will surely grow into a top tier globally-renowned research and teaching center!

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