Research Assistant Professor Department of Biology


Address: Department of Biology

Southern University of Science and Technology

Xueyuan 1088, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangzhou 518055

Telephone: +86-13810811868



09/2006 – 12/ 2012. Plant Science and Bioinformatics Ph.D.

Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China

08/2010 – 08/2012 Bioinformatics visiting Ph.D.

Yale University, New Haven, United States

09/2002 – 06/2006. Biological Technology B.E.

Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China


12/2016-present Research Assistant Professor in Biology Department.

Professor Hongwei Guo’s Lab

Southern University of Science and Technologuy.

11/2014 – 11/2016 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Plant Science,

University of California, Davis


-Bioinformatics analysis and lab bench work

-Plant abiotic stress resistance, Plum and Rice

01/2013 – 11/2014 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Molecular, Cellular

and Developmental Biology, Yale University

Supervised by Academician Xing Wang Deng


-Bioinformatics analysis and lab bench work

-PhyB and CSN5 ChIP-seq,

-Wheat and Arabidopsis transcriptome sequencing heterosis

06/2006 – 12/2012 Ph.D. student, National Engineering Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China

Supervised by Academician Weilun Yin


-Fieldwork, lab bench work and bioinformatics

-Populus euphratica small RNAome sequencing

-Wild growth poplar tree inspiration and photosynthesis

08/2010 – 08/2012 Visiting Ph.D. student, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University.

Supervised by Academician Xing Wang Deng


-Bioinformatics analysis and lab bench work

-Arabidopsis FHY3 ChIP-seq, drought and salt stress

responsible poplar miRNA


The Plant Cell journal author introduction:

Personal Profile


Plant RNA decay and 22-nt siRNA

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1) Li Bosheng, Wu H, Guo H. Plant mRNA decay: extended roles and potential determinants. Current opinion in plant biology. 2018 45:178-84.

2) Li Yang *, Bosheng Li *, X. Z , J. L, G. H, X. D, C. A and Deng XW. Salicylic acid biosynthesis is enhanced and contributes to increased biotrophic pathogen resistance in Arabidopsis hybrids. Nature Communications, 2015 6:7309, *equal contributions

3) Chen F*, Li Bosheng*, D. C. JB, Shi X, Deng XW. Photoreceptor partner FHY1 has an independent role in gene modulation and plant development under far-red light. PNAS. 2014 111(32):11888-93.35 (* equal contribution).

4) Chen F*, Li Bosheng*, D. C. JB, Shi X, Deng XW. Arabidopsis Phytochrome A Directly Targets Numerous Promoters for Individualized Modulation of Genes in a Wide Range of Pathways. The Plant Cell. 2014 16;26(5):1981-1991. 35 (* equal contribution).

5) Jin D*, Li Bosheng*, Deng XW, Wei N. Plant COP9 Signalosome subunit 5, CSN5. Plant Sci. 2014 : 224:54-61. 35 (* equal contribution).

6) Li Bosheng, D. H, Li J, Deng XW, Yin Weilun, Xia Xinli . Global identification of miRNAs and targets in P. euphratica under salt stress. Plant Molecular Biology 2013 81: 525-539.

7) O. X*,J.L*, G. L*, Li Bosheng*, Chen B, Shen H, Huang X, Mo X, Wan X, Lin R, Li S, Wang H and Deng XW. Genome-Wide Binding Site Analysis of FAR-RED ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL3 Reveals Its Novel Function in Arabidopsis Development. The Plant Cell. 2011 Jul;23(7):2514-35 (* equal contribution).

8) Li Bosheng, Q. Y, D. H, Yin Weilun, Xia Xinli Genome-wide characterization of new and drought stress responsive microRNAs in Populus euphratica. Journal of Experimental Botany 2011 Jul;62(11):3765-79. (cited by 219)

9) Li Bosheng, W. Yin, and X. Xia, Identification of microRNAs and their targets from Populus euphratica. BBRC 2009, 388272-7.

Non-first author publications

Kim HY, Saha P, Farcuh M, Li Bosheng, Sadka A, Blumwald E. RNA-Seq Analysis of Spatiotemporal Gene Expression Patterns During Fruit Development Revealed Reference Genes for Transcript Normalization in Plums. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 2015 Dec 1;33(6):1634-49.

Saha P, Sade N, Arzani A, Wilhelmi MD, Coe KM, Li Bosheng, Blumwald E. Effects of abiotic stress on physiological plasticity and water use of Setaria viridis (L.). Plant science. 2016 Oct 1;251:128-38.

Guo P, Li Z, Huang P, Li Bosheng, Fang S, Chu J, Guo H. A tripartite amplification loop involving the transcription factor WRKY75, salicylic acid, and reactive oxygen species accelerates leaf senescence. The Plant Cell. 2017 Jan 1:tpc-00438.

Farcuh M, Li Bosheng, Rivero RM, Shlizerman L, Sadka A, Blumwald E. Sugar metabolism reprogramming in a non-climacteric bud mutant of a climacteric plum fruit during development on the tree. Journal of experimental botany. 2017 Nov 25;68(21-22):5813-28.

Feng Y, Xu P, Li Bosheng, et al. Ethylene promotes root hair growth through coordinated EIN3/EIL1 and RHD6/RSL1 activity in Arabidopsis[J]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2017, 114(52): 13834-13839.

Zhang, X., Ji, Y., Xue, C., Ma, H., Xi, Y., Huang, P., Wang, H., An, F., Li, Bosheng, Wang, Y. and Guo, H.,”Integrated Regulation of Apical Hook Development by Transcriptional Coupling of EIN3/EIL1 and PIFs in Arabidopsis.” The Plant Cell 2018 30.9: 1971-1988.

Jin D, Wu M, Li Bosheng, Bücker B, Keil P, Zhang S, Li J, Kang D, Liu J, Dong J, Deng XW. The COP9 Signalosome regulates seed germination by facilitating protein degradation of RGL2 and ABI5. PLoS genetics. 2018 Feb 20;14(2):e1007237.

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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.


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