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Academic Areas: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Genetic Engineering

Research Interests: Understanding how plants adapt to environmental stresses by using genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and physiological approaches. Research interests also include phytohormone signaling and regulated gene expression;

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, 1994, China Agriculture University, China. Botany,

Professional Experience

Professor (2004.11-present), College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Research Associate (1999.4-2005.3), Department of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Agrobiological Resources, Japan.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1996.10-1999.3), Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Lecturer (1994.7-1996.9), Department of Biology, Central China Normal University, China.

Assistant, Lecturer (1987.7-1991.8), Department of Biology, Tianjin Normal University, China.


Selected Publications

1. Jin X, Sun T, Wang, X, Su P, Ma J, He GY*, Yang GX*. Wheat CBL-interacting protein kinase 25 negatively regulates salt tolerance in transgenic wheat. Scientific Reports. 2016, 6: 28884.

2. Sun J, Zhou R, Li Y, Hu W, Qiu D, Wang X, Wang Q, Feng Z, Wang L, Zhou Y, He GY* , Yang GX*. A Brachypodium distachyon MAPKK Gene BdMKK6.2 Negatively Regulates Drought Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco Plants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. 2016, 35(1): 121-134.

3. Huang Q, Wang Y, Li B, Chang J, Chen M, Li K, Yang G*, He G*. TaNAC29, a NAC transcription factor from wheat, enhances salt and drought tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis.   BMC Plant Biology. 2015, 15:268.

4. Sun T, Wang Y, Wang M, Li T, Zhou Y, Wang X, Wei S, He GY*, Yang GX*. Identification and comprehensive analyses of the CBL and CIPK gene families in wheat (Triticum aestivum L). BMC Plant Biology. 2015, 15:269.

5. Sun J, Hu W, Zhou R, Wang L, Wang X, Wang Q, Feng Z, Li Y, Qiu D, He GY*, Yang GX*. The Brachypodium distachyon BdWRKY36 gene confers tolerance to drought stress in transgenic tobacco plants. Plant Cell Reports, 2015, 34(1):23-35.

6. Wang X, Zeng J, Li Y, Rong X, Sun J, Sun T, Li M, Wang L, Feng Y, Chai R, Chen M, Chang J*, Li K, Yang GX* and He GY* . Expression of TaWRKY44, a wheat WRKY gene, in transgenic tobacco confers multiple abiotic stress tolerances. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2015, 6:615.

7. Wang Q, Li Y, Sun F, Li X, Wang P, Sun J, Zeng J, Wang C, Hu W, Chang J, Chen M, Wang Y, Li K, Yang GX*, He GY*. Tannins Improve Dough Mixing Properties through Affecting Physicochemical and Structural Properties of Wheat Gluten Proteins. Food Research International. 2015, 69: 64-71.

8. Hu W, Yan Y, Hou X, He Y, Wei Y, Yang GX*, He GY*, Peng M*. TaPP2C1, a Group F2 Protein Phosphatase 2C Gene, Confers Resistance to Salt Stress in Transgenic Tobacco. PLOS ONE, 10(6): e0129589.

9. Zeng J, Wang C, Chen X, Zang M, Yuan C, Wang X, Wang Q, Li M, Li X, Chen L, Li K, Chang J, Wang Y, Yang GX*, He GY*. The lycopene β-cyclase plays a significant role in provitamin A biosynthesis in wheat endosperm. BMC Plant Biology. 2015, 15:112.

10. Wang L, Hu W, Sun J, Liang X, Yang X, Wei S, Wang X, Zhou Y, Xiao Q, Yang GX*, He GY*. Genome-wide Analysis of SnRK Gene Family in Brachypodium distachyon and Functional Characterization of BdSnRK2.9. Plant Science.2015, 237: 33–45.

11. Makai S, Li X, Hussain J, Cui C, Wang Y, Chen M, Yang Z, Ma C, Guo A, Zhou Y, Chang J*, Yang GX*, He GY*. A census of nuclear cyanobacterial recruits in the plant kingdom. PLoS ONE. 2015, 10(3):e0120527.

12. Wei S, Hu W, Deng X, Zhang Y, Liu X, Zhao X, Luo Q, Jin Z, Li Yin, Zhou S, Sun T, Wang L,Yang GX*,He GY*. A rice calcium-dependent protein kinase OsCPK9 positively regulates drought stress tolerance and spikelet fertility. BMC Plant Biology, 2014, 14; 133.

13. Wang C, Zeng J, Li Y, Hu W, Chen L, Miao Y, Deng P, Yuan C, Ma C, Chen X, Zang M, Wang Q, Li K, Chang J, Wang Y, Yang GX*,He GY*,Enrichment of provitamin A content in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) by introduction of the bacterial carotenoid biosynthetic genes CrtB and CrtI. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2014, 65(9):2545-2556.

14. Li Y, Mao X, Wang Q, Zhang J, Li X, Ma F, Sun F, Chang J, Chen M, Wang Y, Li K, Yang, GX*, He GY*. Overexpression of Puroindoline a gene in transgenic durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp durum) leads to a medium-hard kernel texture. Molecular Breeding, 2014, 33(3): 545-554.

15. Zheng Q, Liu Y, Liu W, Ma F, Zhou Y, Chen M, Chang J, Wang Y, Yang GX*, He GY*. Cucurbitacin B inhibits growth and induces apoptosis through the JAK2/STAT3 and MAPK pathways in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2014, 10(1): 89-94.

16. Deng X, Zhou S, Hu W, Feng J, Zhang F, Chen L, Huang C, Luo Q, He Y, Yang  GX*, He GY*. Ectopic expression of wheat TaCIPK14, encoding a calcineurin B-like protein-interacting protein kinase, confers salinity and cold tolerance in tobacco. Physiologia Plantarum, 2013,149(3): 367-377.

17. Hu W, Huang C, Deng X, Zhou S, Chen L, Li Yin, Wang C, Ma Z, Yuan Q, Wang Y, Cai R,Liang X, Yang GX*, He GY*. TaASR 1, a transcription factor gene in wheat, confers drought stress tolerance in transgenic tobacco. Plant, Cell and Environment, 2013, 36(8):1449-1464.

18. Deng X, Hu W, Wei S, Zhou S, Zhang F, Han J, Chen L, Li Y, Feng J, Fang B, Luo Q,Li S, Liu Y, Yang GX*, He GY*.TaCIPK29, a CBL-Interacting Protein Kinase Gene from Wheat, Confers Salt Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco. PLos One, 2013, 8(7): e69881.

19. Wang C, Deng P, Chen L, Wang X, Ma H, Hu W, Yao N, Feng Y, Chai R, Yang GX*,He GY*. A Wheat WRKY Transcription Factor TaWRKY10 Confers Tolerance to Multiple Abiotic Stresses in Transgenic Tobacco. PLos One, 2013, 8(6): e65120.

20. Mao X, Li Y, Zhao S, Zhang J, Lei Q, Meng D, Ma F, Hu W, Chen M, Chang J, Wang, Y*,Yang GX*,He GY*. The Interactive Effects of Transgenically Overexpressed 1Ax1 with Various HMW-GS Combinations on Dough Quality by Introgression of Exogenous Subunits into an Elite Chinese Wheat Variety. PlosOne, 2013, 8(10):e78451.

21. Zhao S, Xiong Z, Mao X, Meng D, Lei Q, Li Y, Deng P, Chen M, Tu M, Lu XP*, Yang GX*, He GY*. Atmospheric Pressure Room Temperature Plasma Jets Facilitate Oxidative and Nitrative Stress and Lead toEndoplasmic Reticulum Stress Dependent Apoptosis in HepG2 Cells. PLOS ONE, 2013, 8( 8): e73665.

22. Deng P, Wang C, Chen L, Wang C, Du Y, Yan X, Chen M, Yang  GX*, He  GY*. Sesamin Induces Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis through the Inhibition of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 Signalling in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cell Line HepG2. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 2013, 36( 10): 1540-1548.

23. Liu Y, Wang W, Fang B, Ma F, Zheng Q, Deng P, Zhao S, Chen M, Yang GX* , He GY*. Anti-tumor effect of germacrone on human hepatoma cell lines through inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest and promoting apoptosis. European Journal of Pharmacology, 2013, 698 (1-3): 95-102.

24. Hu W, Yuan Q, Wang Y, Cai R, Deng X, Wang J, Zhou S, Chen M, Chen L, Huang C, Ma Z, Yang GX*, He GY*. Overexpression of a Wheat Aquaporin Gene, TaAQP8, Enhances Salt Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco. Plant and Cell Physiology, 2012, 53(12):2127-2141.

25. Zhou S, Hu W, Deng X, Ma Z, Chen L, Huang C, Wang Chen, Wang J, He Y, Yang GX*,He GY*. Overexpression of the Wheat Aquaporin Gene, TaAQP7, Enhances Drought Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco. PLosOne, 2012,7(12)e52439.

26. Chen L,Hu W, Tan S, Wang M, Ma Z, Zhou S, Deng X, Zhang Y, Huang C, Yang GX*,He GY*. Genome-Wide Identification and Analysis of MAPK and MAPKK Gene Families in Brachypodium distachyon. PLos One, 2012, 7(10):e46744.

27. Miao Y, Chen L, Wang,C, Wang Y, Zheng Q, Gao C, Yang GX*,He GY*. Expression, purification and antimicrobial activity of puroindoline A protein and its mutants. Amino Acids, 2012, 43(4): 1689-1696.

Courses Taught

1002771, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

0702912, Proteomics

170.511, Plant Proteomics



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