Jian Li

Research assistant professor Department of Biology

Dr. Jian Li obtained the doctorate from Hunan Normal University in Jun. 2015, then underwent post-doctoral training at School of Life Sciences and School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences in Peking University until Dec. 2018. Li joined the Department of Biology of SUSTech in Feb. 2019 as a research assistant professor. At present Li focuses on the molecular mechanism of signal transduction triggered by light in Arabidopsis.

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The molecular mechanism of photomorphogenesis integrated by light and phytohormone signaling in Arabidopsis

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[7] Jian Li, William Terzaghi, Yanyan Gong, Congran Li, Jun-Jie Ling, Yangyang Fan, Nanxun Qin, Xinqi Gong, Danmeng Zhu, Xing Wang Deng. Modulation of BIN2 kinase activity by HY5 controls hypocotyl elongation in the light. Nature Communications, 2020, 11(1): 1592.

[6] Jun-Jie Ling*, Jian Li*, Danmeng Zhu, Xing Wang Deng. A non-canonical role of Arabidopsis COP1/SPA complex in repressing BIN2-mediated PIF3 phosphorylation and degradation in darkness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2017, 114 (13): 3539-3544. (*co-first authors)

[5] Jian Li, Yuan Huang, Hong Tan, Xiao Yang, Lianfu Tian, Sheng Luan, Liangbi Chen, Dongping Li. An endoplasmic reticulum magnesium transporter is essential for pollen development in Arabidopsis. Plant Science, 2015, 231 (0): 212-220.

[4] Fang Lin*, Yan Jiang*, Jian Li, Tingting Yan, Liuming Fan, Jiansheng Liang, Z. Jeffrey Chen, Dongqing Xu, Xing Wang Deng. B-BOX DOMAIN PROTEIN28 negatively regulates photomorphogenesis by repressing the activity of transcription factor HY5 and undergoes COP1-mediated degradation. Plant Cell, 2018, 30 (9): 2006-2019.

[3] Xianhai Zhao, Yan Jiang, Jian Li, Enamul Huq, Z. Jeffrey Chen, Dongqing Xu, Xing Wang Deng. COP1 SUPPRESSOR 4 promotes seedling photomorphogenesis by repressing CCA1 and PIF4 expression in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2018, 115 (45): 11631-11636.

[2] Dongqing Xu*, Yan Jiang*, Jian Li, Magnus Holm, Xing Wang Deng. The B-box domain protein BBX21 promotes photomorphogenesis. Plant Physiology, 2017, 176 (3): 2365-2375.

[1] Feng Yu, Jian Li, Yuan Huang, Li Liu, Dongping Li, Liangbi Chen, Sheng Luan. FERONIA Receptor Kinase Controls Seed Size in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant, 2014, 7(5): 920-922.

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