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Molecular mechanisms of plant-microbe interactions




Principal Investigator:ZHANG Jie,Ph.D., Professor 




Add.:NO.1 West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China


Research interests

1. Molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis;
2. Molecular mechanisms of plant immunity:


2007 Ph.D.
Botany, Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
2002 B.S.
Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China


Research Experiences

Principle Investigator, State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Research Assistant, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University/Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Awards & Honors  

2010 Beijing city “Beijing Outstanding Postdoctoral Talents”
2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences “Member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS”
2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences “Excellent member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS”
2019 National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) “Excellent Young Investigator”



(1)   L Sun, J Qin, W Rong, Hao Ni, H Guo and J Zhang*, Cellophane surface-induced gene, VdCSIN1, regulates hyphopodium formation and pathogenesis via cAMP-mediated signaling in Verticillium dahliae, Molecular Plant Pathology, 2019, 20, 323-333.
(2)   J Zhang, S Dong, W Wang, J Zhao, X Chen, H Guo, C he, Z He, Z Kang, Y Li, Y Peng, G Wang, X Zhou, Y Wang*, and J Zhou*, Plant immunity and sustainable control of pests in China: Advances, opportunities and challenges (in Chinese), Scientia Sinica Vitae, 2019, 49, 1-29.
(3)   S Mei, Z Wang, J Zhang*, and W Rong*, First report of leaf blight on Stenotaphrum secundatum caused by Nigrospora osmanthi in China, Plant Disease Notes, 2019, 103,1783-1783.
(4)   F Gao, B Zhang, J Zhao, J Huang, P Jia, S Wang, J Zhang, J Zhou, and H Guo, Deacetylation of chitin oligomers increases virulence in soil-borne fungal pathogens, Nature Plants, 2019, 5, 1167-1176
(5)   J Qin, K Wang, L Sun, H Xing, S Wang, L Li, S Chen, H Guo* and J Zhang*, The plant specific transcription factors CBP60g and SARD1 are targeted by a Verticillium secretory protein VdSCP41 to modulate immunity, eLife, 2018, doi: 10.7554/eLife.34902.
(6)   J Qin#, X Zhou#, L Sun, K Wang, F Yang, H Liao, W Rong, J Yin, H Chen, X Chen* and Jie Zhang*, The Xanthomonas effector XopK harbours E3 ubiquitin-ligase activity that is required for virulence, New Phytologist, 2018, 220, 219-231.
(7)   X Zhou, L Jia, H Wang, P Zhao, W Wang, N Liu, S Song, Y Wu, L Su, J Zhang, N Zhong*, and G Xia*, The potato transcription factor StbZIP61 regulates dynamic biosynthesis of salicylic acid in defense against Phytophthora infestans infection, The Plant Journal, 2018, 95, 1055–1068.
(8)   L Sun, J Qin, K Wang, J Zhang*, Expansion of pathogen recognition specificity in plants using pattern recognition receptors and artificially designed decoys, Science China Life Sciences, 2017, 9, 797-805.
(9)   S Wang, H Xing, C Hua, H Guo* and J Zhang*, An improved single-step cloning strategy simplifies the Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation (ATMT)-based gene disruption method for Verticillium dahliae, Phytopathology, 2016, 106, 645-652.
(10)   Y Li#, L Han#, H Wang, J Zhang, S Sun, D Feng, C Yang, Y Sun, N Zhong*, and G Xia*, The thioredoxin GbNRX1 plays a crucial role in homeostasis of apoplastic reactive oxygen species in response to Verticillium dahliae infection in cotton, Plant Physiology, 2016, 170, 2392-2406.
(11)   S Kang, F Yang, L Li, HChen, S Chen, and J Zhang*, The Arabidopsis transcription factor BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE1-ETHYL METHANESULFONATE-SUPPRESSOR1 is a direct substrate of MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN KINASE6 and regulates immunity, Plant Physiology, 2015, 167, 1076-1086.
(12)   F Feng, F Yang, W Rong, X Wu, J Zhang, S Chen, C He*, and J Zhou*, A Xanthomonas uridine 5’-monophosphate transferase inhibits plant immune kinases, Nature, 2012, 485, 114-118.
(13)   Z Zhang, Y Wu, M Gao, J Zhang, Q Kong, Y Liu, H Ba, J Zhou, and Y Zhang*, Disruption of PAMP-induced MAP kinase cascade by a Pseudomonas syringae effector activates plant immunity mediated by the NB-LRR protein SUMM2, Cell Host Microbe, 2012, 11, 253-263.
(14)   T Xiang, N Zong, J Zhang, J Chen, M Chen and J Zhou*, BAK1 is not a target of the Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrPto, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, 2011, 24, 100-107.
(15)   J Zhang*, and J Zhou, Plant immunity triggered by microbial molecular signatures, Molecular Plant, 2010, 3, 783-793.
(16)   J Zhang#, W Li# , T Xiang, Z Liu, K Laluk, X Ding, Y Zou, M Gao, X Zhang, S Chen, Tesfaye Mengiste, Yuelin Zhang, and Jian-min Zhou*, Receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases integrate signaling from multiple plant immune receptors and are targeted by a Pseudomonas syringae effector, Cell Host Microbe, 2010, 7, 290-301.
(17)   J Zhang# , H Lu# , X Li, Y Li, H Cui, C Wen, X Tang, Z Su, and J Zhou*, Effector-triggered and pathogen-associated molecular pattern–triggered immunity differentially contribute to basal resistance to Pseudomonas syringae, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, 2010, 23, 940-948.
(18)   L Chen# , H Wang# , J Zhang, L Gu, N Huang, J Zhou, and J Chai*, Structural basis for the catalytic mechanism of phosphothreonine lyase, Nature Structural Molecular Biology, 2008, 15, 101-102.
(19)   T Xiang#, N Zong#, Y Zou#, Y Wu, J Zhang, W Xing, Y Li, X Tang, L Zhu, J Chai, and J Zhou*, Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrPto blocks innate immunity by targeting receptor kinases, Current Biology, 2008, 18, 74-80.
(20)   J Zhang, F Shao, Y Li, H Cui, Li Chen, H Li, Y Zou, C Long, L Lan, J Chai, S Chen, X Tang, and J Zhou*, A Pseudomonas syringae effector inactivates MAPKs to suppress PAMP-induced immunity in plants, Cell Host Microbe, 2007, 1, 175-185.
(21)   H Li#, H Xu#, Y Zhou#, J Zhang, C Long, S Li, S Chen, J Zhou, and F Shao*, The phosphothreonine lyase activity of a bacterial type III effector family, Science, 2007, 315, 1000-1003.
(22)   X Li, H Lin, W Zhang, Y Zou, J Zhang, X Tang, and J Zhou*, Flagellin induces innate immunity in nonhost interactions that is suppressed by Pseudomonas syringae effectors, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2005, 102, 12990-12995.



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