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Zhaojun Ding
Phone number: 008653188362351
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E-mail: dingzhaojun@sdu.edu.cn
Title: Professor

Research Topics:

1.Auxin and environmental cues (N, P, Al and so on) cross-talk regulated plant growth and development

2.The molecular mechanism of plant gravitropism

Education and Research Experience:

2011-now, Professor, Shandong University

2007-2011,postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Jiri Friml in the department of Plant Systems Biology,VIB Ghent University.

2004-2006, postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Seth Davis in Max-Plank-Instiute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne.

1998-2003, PhD under the supervision of Prof. Tai Wang and Prof. Kang Chong in the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.


1.Liu C, Gao S, Tian H, WuW, Robert H and Ding Z*. Local transcriptional control of YUCCA regulates auxin promoted root-growth inhibition in response to aluminium stress in Arabidopsis. PLOS Genetics, 2016, minor revision.

2.Yu Q, Tian H,Yue K and Ding Z*. A P-loop NTPase regulates quiescent center cell division and distal stem cell identity through the regulation of ROS homeostasis in Arabidopsis root. PLOS Genetics, 2016, 1;12(9):e1006175.

3.Kong X, Zhang L, Ding Z*. 26S Proteasome: Hunter and Prey in Auxin Signaling. Trends Plant Sci. 2016 Jul;21(7):546-8.

4.Yu Q, Liu J, Zheng H, Jia Y, Tian H, Ding Z. Topoisomerase II-associated protein PAT1H1 is involved in the root stem cell niche maintenance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Rep. 2016 Jun;35(6):1297-307.

5.Kong X, Lu S, Tian H. and Ding Z*. WOX5 is shining in the root stem cell niche. Trends Plant Sci. 2015, Oct;20(10):601-3.

6.Jia Y, Tian H, Li H, Yu Q, Wang L, Friml J, Ding Z*. The Arabidopsis thaliana elongator complex subunit 2 epigenetically affects root development. J Exp Bot. 2015 Aug;66(15):4631-42.

7.Sun Y, Kong X, Li C, Liu Y, Ding Z*. Potassium Retention under Salt Stress Is Associated with Natural Variation in Salinity Tolerance among Arabidopsis Accessions. PLoS One. 2015 May 19;10(5):e0124032

8.Fan L, Li R, Pan J, Ding Z, Lin J. Endocytosis and its regulation in plants. Trends Plant Sci. 2015 (15)00081-3.

9.Zhang M, Kong X, Xu X, Li C, Tian H, Ding Z*. Comparative transcriptome profiling of the maize primary, crown and seminal root in response to salinity stress. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 24;10(3):e0121222.

10.Kong X, Zhang M, De Smet I and Ding Z*. Designer crops: optimal root system architecture for nutrient acquisition. Trends in Biotechnology. 2014, Dec;32(12):597-8.

11.Yang Z, Geng X, He C, Wang R, Zhang F, Horst W and Ding Z*. TAA1-regulated local auxin biosynthesis in the root-apex transition-zone mediates the aluminum-induced inhibition of root growth in Arabidopsis, Plant Cell. 2014, Jul;26(7):2889-904.

12.Kong X, Zhang M , Xu X, Li X, Li C and Ding Z*. System analysis of MicroRNAs in the development and aluminium-stress responses of the maize root system. , Plant Biotechnol J. 2014,Oct;12(8):1108-21.

13.Kong X, Zhang M, Ding Z*. D53: the missing link in strigolactone signaling. Mol Plant. 2014 May;7(5):761-3.

14.Tian H, De Smet I* and Ding Z*. Shaping a root system: regulating lateral versus primary root growth. Trends Plant Sci. 2014 Jul;19(7):426-31.

15.Tian H, Jia Y, Niu T, Yu Q and Ding Z*. The key players of the primary root growth and development also function in lateral roots in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Rep. 2014, 33(5):745-753.

16.Le J, Liu XG, Yang KZ, Chen XL, Zou JJ, Wang HZ, Wang M, Vanneste S, Morita M, Tasaka M, Ding Z, Friml J, Beeckman T, Sack F. Auxin transport and activity regulate stomatal patterning and development. Nature Communications. 2014 Jan 27;5:3090.

17.Tian H, Wabnik K, Niu T, Li H, Yu Q, Pollmann S, Vanneste S, Govaerts W, Rolcík J, Geisler M, Friml J, Ding Z*. WOX5-IAA17 feedback circuit mediated cellular auxin response is crucial for the patterning of root stem cell niches in Arabidopsis. Mol Plant. 2014 Feb;7(2):277-289.

18.Tian H, Niu T, Yu Q, and Ding Z*. Auxin gradient is crucial for the maintenance of root distal stem cell identity in Arabidopsis. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 2013, Sep 20;8(12). pii: e26429.

19.Ding Z* and De Smet I*. Localised ABA signalling mediates root growth plasticity. Trends Plant Sci. 2013 Oct;18(10):533-535.

20.Alfredo SV, Jieun S, Nora B, Toshihiro O, Ulla N, Du SX, Ding Z, Davis A, Shindo T, Schmelzer E, Sulpice R, Nesi A, Stitt M, Fernie A, Davis S. TIME FOR COFFEE is an Essential Component in the Maintenance of Arabidopsis thaliana Metabolic Homeostasis. The Plant Journal. 2013 Oct;76(2):188-200.

21.Fan LS, Hao HQ, Xue YQ, Zhang L, Song K, Ding Z, Botella MA, Wang HY, Lin JX. Dynamic analysis of Arabidopsis AP2 σ reveals its key role in clathrin-mediated endocytosis and plant development, Development, 2013,140(18):3826-37.

22.Marhavý P, Vanstraelen M, De Rybel B, Ding Z, Bennett MJ, Beeckman T, Benková E. Auxin reflux between the endodermis and pericycle promotes lateral root initiation. EMBO J. 2013 Jan 9;32(1):149-58.

23.Ding Z, Wang B, Moreno I, Dupláková N, Simon S, Carraro N, Reemmer J, Pěnčík A, Chen X, Tejos R, Skůpa P, Pollmann S, Mravec J, Petrášek J, Zažímalová E, Honys D, Rolčík J, Murphy A, Orellana A, Geisler M, Friml J. ER-localized auxin transporter PIN8 regulates auxin homeostasis and male gametophyte development in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications. 2012 Jul 3;3:941-947.

24.Ding Z, Carlos S. Galván Ampudia, Emilie Demarsy, Lukasz .angowski, Jürgen Kleine-Vehn,Yuanwei Fan, Miyo T. Morita, Masao Tasaka, Christian Fankhauser, Remko Offringa and Jirí Friml. Light-mediated polarization of auxin transport for phototropic response in Arabidopsis. Nat Cell Biology. 2011 Apr;13(4):447-52.

25.Kleine-Vehn J, Ding Z, Angharad R. Jones, Masao Tasaka, Miyo T. Gravity-induced PIN transcytosis for polarization of auxin fluxes in gravity-sensing root cells. PNAS, 2010, 107(51):22344-9.

26.Ding Z and Friml J. Auxin regulates distal stem cell differentiation in Arabidopsis roots. PNAS, 2010,107(26):12046-51. (IF=10)

27.Zádníková P, Petrásek J, Marhavy P, Raz V, Vandenbussche F, Ding Z, Schwarzerová K, Morita MT, Tasaka M, Hejátko J, Van Der Straeten D, Friml J, Benková E. Role of PIN-mediated auxin efflux in apical hook development of Arabidopsis thaliana.Development, 2010, 137(4):607-17.

28.Ding Z, Millar AJ, Davis AM, Davis SJ. TIME FOR COFFEE encodes a nuclear regulator in the Arabidopsis thalianacircadian clock. Plant Cell, 2007, 19(5):1522-36.

29.Ding Z, Doyle MR, Amasino RM, Davis SJ. A complex genetic interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana TOC1 and CCA1/LHY in driving the circadian clock and in output regulation.Genetics, 2007, 176(3):1501-10.(Issue highlighted paper).

30.Ding Z, Deng Z, Tao J, Zhang L and Wang T. The molecular mechanism of chromosome segregation. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2003, 47(4)2014-2021.

31.Wang T, Ding Z. The Research Development of Genes about Meiosis. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2002, 47(4)241-248.

32.Ding Z, Wu X and Wang T. The Rice Tapetum-specific Gene RA39 Encodes a TypeI Ribosome-inactivating Protein. Sex Plant Reprod, 2002, 15:205-212.

33.Ding Z, Wang T, Chong K and Bai S. Isolation and Characterization of OsDMC1, the Rice Homologue of the Yeast DMC1 Gene Essential for Meiosis. Sex Plant Reprod, 2001,13: 285-288.

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