Research assistant professor Department of Biology

Danling Zhu obtained her Ph.D degree in Peking University, China. After that She joined to Prof. Dame Caroline Dean’s lab at John Innes Centre and focused on dissecting the underling mechanism of how plants response to vernalization treatment. Since Oct. 2017,

she worked as Research assistant professor in Biology department, SUSTech. Her research interests is trying to understand how the chromatin structure is going to regulate gene expression; Apart from that, she is also interested in the potential roles of Plant RNA binding protein in controlling the fate of RNA molecules in vivo.

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1. Chromatin Structure in regulating gene expression in plant.

2. Understanding the potential regulation pathways in determining RNA molecules fate in plant.

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1. Danling Zhu, Fei Mao, Yuanchun Tian, Xiaoya Lin, Lianfeng Gu, Hongya Gu, Li-jia Qu, Yufeng Wu, Zhe Wu. The features and regulation of co-transcriptional splicing in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant 2019, In press.

2. Zhe Wu, Xiaofeng Fang, Danling Zhu, Caroline Dean. Autonomous pathway: FLOWERING LOCUS C repression through an antisense-mediated chromatin silencing mechanism. Plant Physiology 2019, In Press.

3. Zhe Wu, Danling Zhu, Xiaoya Lin, Jin Miao, Lianfeng Gu, Xian Deng, Qian Yang, Danmeng Zhu, XiaoFeng Cao, Tomohiko TSUGE, Caroline Dean, Takashi Aoyama, Hongya Gu and Li-Jia Qu. RNA-binding proteins At RZ-1B and At RZ-1C play a critical role in regulation of pre-mRNA splicing and gene expression during Arabidopsis development. The Plant Cell 2016, 28: 55-73. (Co-first author)

4. Danling Zhu, Stefanie Rosa, Caroline Dean. Nuclear organization changes and the epigenetic silencing of FLC during Vernalization. J. Mol. Biol. 2015, 427: 659-669.

5. Danling Zhu, Zhe wu, Guangyu Cao, Jigang Li, Jia Wei, Tomohiko Tsuge, Hongya Gu, Takashi Aoyama, Li-jia Qu. TRANSLUCENT GREEN, an ERF family transcription factor, controls water balance in Arabidopsis by activating the expression of aquaporin genes. Mol. Plant, 2014, 7: 601-615.

6. Stafanie Rosa, Filomena De Lucia, Joshua S. Mylne, Danling Zhu, Nobuko Ohmido, Ali Pendle, Naohiro Kato, Peter Shaw and Caroline dean. Physical clustering of FLC alleles during Polycomb-mediated epigenetic silencing in vernalization. Genes & Dev. 2013, 27: 1845-1850. (Co-first author)

7. Zhiqiang Lin, Kangquan Yin, Danling Zhu, Zhangliang Chen, Hongya Gu, Li-Jia Qu. AtCDC5 regulates the G2 to M transition of the cell cycle and is critical for the function of Arabidopsis shoot apical meristem. Cell Research, 2007, 17: 815-828.

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Biological Sciences


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