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Feng Sun
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Ph.D, 2006/09-2011/01, Plant Molecular Biology, The University of Hong Kong

Master, 2003/09 -2006/07, Plant Molecular Biology, Lanzhou University

Bachelor, 1999/09 -2003/07, Biotechnology, Lanzhou University


2014/12-present,Assistant Research Fellow/Master Tutor, School of Life Sciences, Shandong University

2013/03-2014/11,Research Assistant, Plant Molecular Biology and Agricultural Technique Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2011/02 -2013/02,Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong


1. Mitochondrial biogenesis in higher plants.

We employ the maize kernel mutants that are defective on the mitochondria-encoded gene expression to investigate how mitochondria form functional complexes and its impact on the plant growth.

2. Mechanistic study of maize kernel development.

To study the maize kernel embryogenesis and endosperm development by using maize kernel mutants.


1. 2017-2021, Functional and mechanistic study of PPR genes that is essential to seed development, Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (First participant).

2. 2016-2018, Molecular mechanism of PPR184 involving in maize kernel development and mitochondrial cytochrome c maturation, National Natural Science Foundation for Young Scholars (PI).

3. 2016-2017, Molecular mechanism of regulation of maize PPR151 on the intron splicing of mitochondria-encoded gene, Funding of Postdoctoral Special Assistance (PI).

4. 2015-2017, Molecular mechanism of EMP7 regulating the maize kernel development and mitochondrial cytochrome c maturation, The fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (PI).

5. 2015-2017, Studies of the molecular mechanism of PPR151 in mitochondrial gene splicing and maize kernel development, Funding of Shandong Post doctoral innovation (First-class, PI).

6. 2015-2016, Functional studies of PPR184 in governing cytochrome c maturation process, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (First-class, PI)


1. Xiu, Z., Sun, F., Shen, Y., Zhang, X., Jiang, R., Bonnard, G., Zhang, J.H., Tan, B.C. (2016). EMP16 is required for mitochondrial nad2 intron 4 cis-splicing and seed development in maize. Plant Journal,85, 507–519.

2. Sun, F., Wang, X., Bonnard, G., Shen, Y., Xiu, Z., Li, X., Gao, D., Zhang, Z., Tan, B.C. (2015). Empty pericarp7 encodes a mitochondrial E-subgroup pentatricopeptide repeat protein that is required for ccmFN editing, mitochondrial function and seed development in maize. Plant Journal, 84, 283–295.

3. Law, Y., Zhang, R., Guan, X., Cheng, S., Sun, F., Duncan, O., Murcha, M.W., Whelan J., Lim, B. L. (2015). Phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of the presequence of precursor MULTIPLE ORGANELLAR RNA EDITING FACTOR3 during import into mitochondria from Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 169(2), 1344–1355.

4. Zhang, Y., Sun, F., Fettke, J., Schöttler, M.A., Lawrence R., Alisdair, R.F., Lim, B.L. (2014). Heterologous expression of AtPAP2 in transgenic potato influences carbon metabolism and tuber development, FEBS Letter, 588, 3726-3731.

5. Li, X., Zhang, Y., Hou, M., Sun, F., Shen, Y., Xiu, Z., Wang, X., Chen, Z., Sun, S.S.M., Small, I., Tan, B.C. (2014). Small kernel1 encodes a pentatricopeptide repeat protein required for mitochondrial nad7 transcript editing and seed development in maize and rice. Plant Journal, 79: 797–809.

6. Sun F#, Liang C#, Whelan J, Yang J, Zhang P, Lim B.L. (2013). Global transcriptome analysis of AtPAP2 - overexpressing Arabidopsis thaliana with elevated ATP. BMC Genomics, 14(1):752. (#: co-first author)

7. Sun, F., Suen P., Zhang Y., Liang C., Carrie C., Whelan J., Ward J.L., Hawkins N.D., Jiang L., and Lim B.L. (2012). A dual-targeted purple acid phosphatase in Arabidopsis thaliana moderates carbon metabolism and its overexpression leads to faster plant growth and higher seed yield. New Phytologist, 194:206-219.

8. Sun, F., Carrie C., Law S., Murcha M., Zhang R., Law Y., Suen P., Whelan J. and B. L. Lim. (2012). AtPAP2 is a tail-anchored protein in the outer membrane of chloroplasts and mitochondria. Plant Signaling & Behavior 7(8):927-932.

9. Ku Y., Koo N., Li F., Li M., Wang H., Tsai S., Sun F., Lim B., Ko W., Lam H.M. (2013). GmSAL1 hydrolyzes inositol-1, 4, 5-trisphosphate and regulates stomatal closure in detached leaves and ion compartmentalization in plant cells. PLoS ONE 22; 8 (10):e78181.

10. Zhang, Y., Yu L., Yung K., Leung Y., Sun F. and Lim B. L. (2012). Over-expression of AtPAP2 in Camelina sativa leads to faster plant growth and higher seed yield. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 5:19-28

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