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Hongwei Zhao
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[Hongwei Zhao]

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RESEARCH INTEREST:[microbe-plant molecular interaction, specifying on the role of non-coding RNA]


Miami University Oxford, Ohio

Ph. D. August 2008, Program: Plant Molecular Biology

Major Field: Plant pre-mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation

Mentor: Professor Quinn Li

Nankai University Tianjin, China

Master of Science, August 2001

Major Field: Plant Senescence signal transduction by Protein Phosphorylation

Mentor: Professor Ningning Wang

Shenyang Pharmaceutical University Shenyang, China

Bachelor of Science, August 1995

Major: Microbiology


Principle investigator

Aug. 2012-present: Professor

Department of Plant Pathology

College of Plant Protection

Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 China

Post-doctoral fellowship

Aug. 2008-Aug. 2012: Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside

Advisor: Dr. Hailing Jin

University of California, Riverside, Riverside CA, USA

Research Assistant

Aug. 2005-Aug. 2008: Botany Department, Miami University

Advisor: Dr. Qingshun Q. Li

Miami University, Oxford OH, USA

Teaching Assistant

Aug. 2004-May. 2005: Botany Department, Miami University

Course: General Botany Lab classes

Advisor: Dr. Nancy Smith-Huerta

Miami University, Oxford OH, USA

Aug. 2002-May 2004: Botany Department, Miami University

Course: Plants, Humanity and Environment Lab Class

Advisor: Dr. Alfredo Huerta

Miami University, Oxford OH, USA

Aug. 1999-May 2000: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Course: General Molecular Biology

Advisor: Dr. Qimin Chen

Nankai University, Tianjin, China


Awarded dissertation scholarship by the Department of Botany, Miami University 2007-2008

Awarded Sigma XI Research Grant Scholarship by the Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society 2007

Awarded Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics summer fellowship by the Department of Botany, Miami University2005

Awarded Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics fellowship, The Ohio State University2005

Awarded Academic Challenge Grants for excellence in proposal writing by the Department of Botany, Miami University 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006

Awarded Kwang-Hua Scholarship for excellence in academic performance by the Kwang-Hua Education Foundation 2000 – 2001


Wang S, Y Zheng, C Gu, C He, MY Yang, X Zhang, J Guo, H Zhao, and D Niu*. (2017) "Bacillus cereus AR156 activates defense responses to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato in Arabidopsis thaliana similarly to flg22". Mol Plant Microbe Interact. Online

Dongdong Niu, Xin Zhang, Xiaoou Song, Zhihui Wang, Yanqiang Li, Lulu Qiao, Zhaoyun Wang, Junzhong Liu, Yiwen Deng, Zuhua He, Donglei Yang, Renyi Liu, Yanli Wang, Hongwei Zhao* (2017) Deep sequencing uncovers rice long siRNAs and its involvement in immunity against Rhizoctonia solani. Phytopathology (Online).

Jiazhen Ye, Wang Lin, Shuzhang Li, Qinran Zhang, Qinglei Zhang, Wenhao Tang, Kai Wang, Kun Song, Gaurav Sablok, Xiaoyong Sun* and Hongwei Zhao* (2017). “AtCircDB: a tissue-specific database for Arabidopsis circular RNAs.” Briefings in Bioinformatics 2017, 1–8. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbx089.

Nie, P., X. Li, S. Wang, J. Guo, H. Zhao* and D. Niu* (2017). "Induced Systemic Resistance against Botrytis cinerea by Bacillus cereus AR156 through a JA/ET- and NPR1-Dependent Signaling Pathway and Activates PAMP-Triggered Immunity in Arabidopsis." Frontiers in Plant Science 8(238).

Sun, X.#*, Wang L#, Ding J., Wang Y., Wang J., Zhang X., Che Y., Liu Z., Zhang X., Ye J., Wang J., Sablok G., Deng Z. and Zhao H*. (2016) “Integrative analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana transcriptomics reveals intuitive splicing mechanism for circular RNA.” FEBS Letters 590(20): 3510-3516.

Sablok, G., H. Zhao and X. Sun (2016). "Plant Circular RNAs (circRNAs): Transcriptional regulation beyond miRNAs in plants." Molecular Plants: 9(2), 192–194.

Pan, L., Z. Wang, J. Cai, H. Gao, H. Zhao and L. Dong (2016). "High-throughput sequencing reveals differential regulation of miRNAs in fenoxaprop-P-ethyl-resistant Beckmannia syzigachne." Scientific Reports 6:28725

da Graça, J. V., G. W. Douhan, S. E. Halbert, M. L. Keremane, R. F. Lee, G. Vidalakis* and H. Zhao* (2016). "Huanglongbing: An overview of a complex pathosystem ravaging the world's citrus." J Integr Plant Biol.: 58 (4): 373–387.

Niu, D., X. Wang, Y. Wang, X. Song, J. Wang, J. Guo and H. Zhao* (2016). "Bacillus cereus AR156 activates PAMP-triggered immunity and induces a systemic acquired resistance through a NPR1-and SA-dependent signaling pathway." Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 469(1): 120-125.

Niu, D., J. Xia, C. Jiang, B. Qi, X. Ling, S. Lin, W. Zhang, J. Guo*, H. Jin* and H. Zhao* (2016). "Bacillus cereus AR156 primes induced systemic resistance by suppressing miR825 and activating defense related genes in Arabidopsis." J Integr Plant Biol.: 58(4):426-39.

Niu, D., Z. Wang, S. Wang, L. Qiao and H. Zhao (2015). "Profiling of small RNAs involved in plant-pathogen interactions." Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 1287: 61-79.

Yan, X., G. Sablok, G. Feng, J. Ma, H. Zhao and X. Sun* (2015). "nagnag: Identification and quantification of NAGNAG alternative splicing using RNA-Seq data." FEBS Letters 589(15): 1766-1770.

Zhao, H. and Q. Q. Li (2015). "In vitro analysis of cleavage and polyadenylation in Arabidopsis." Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 1255: 79-89.

Zhao, H., X. Ye and Q. Q. Li (2015). "Characterization of plant polyadenylation complexes by using tandem affinity purification." Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 1255: 69-78.

Weiberg A., Wang M., Lin F., Zhao H., Zhang Z., Kaloshian I., Huang H., Jin H. (2013) Fungal Small RNAs Suppress Plant Immunity by Hijacking Host RNA Interference Pathways. Science 342, 118 (IF: 31.20)

Chen Z., Lai T., Jan Y., Lin F., Wang W., Xiao H., Wang Y., Sun W., Cui X., Li Y., Fang T., Zhao H., Padmanabhan C., Sun R., Wang D., Jin H., Chau G., Huang H., Hsiao M., and Shyy J. (2013) Hypoxia-responsive miRNAs target argonaute 1 to promote angiogenesis. The Journal of Clinical Investigation 123(3) 1057-1067 (IF: 13.07)

Zhao H*., Sun R., Padmanabhan C., Albrecht U., Albano J. P., Wang A., Girke T., Wang Z., Close T., Roose M., Vadalakis G., Yokomi R. K., Rouse R., Bowman K. D., and Jin H. (2013) Small RNA profiling reveals phosphorus deficiency as a contributing factor in symptom expression for citrus Huanglongbing disease. Molecular Plant 6(2): 301-10 * Co-first author (IF: 5.55)

Zhao H., Lii Y., Zhu P., and Jin H. (2012) Isolation and Profiling of Protein-Associated Small RNAs. In H. Jin eds, RNA Abundance Analysis: Methods and Protocols, 883,165-176, Humana Press, NY

Zhao H*, Zheng J, and Li QQ (2011) A Novel Plant In Vitro Assay System for Pre-mRNA Cleavage during 3’-end formation. Plant Physiol 157: 1546–1554 * Co-first author (IF: 6.45)

Zhang X, Zhao H*, Gao S, Wang W, Katiyar-Agarwal S, Huang H, Raikhel N, and Jin H (2011) Arabidopsis argonaute 2 regulates innate immunity via miRNA393b*-mediated silencing of a Golgi-localized SNARE gene, MEMB12. Molecular Cell. 42(3) 356-366. * Co-first author (IF: 14.19)

Zhao H, Xing D, and Li QQ (2009) Unique features of plant cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor revealed by proteomic studies. Plant Physiol 151: 1546–1556 (IF: 6.45)

Xing D., Zhao H., and Li QQ (2008) Arabidopsis CLP1-SIMILAR PROTEIN3, an ortholog of human polyadenylation factor CLP1, functions in gametophyte, embryo, and postembryonic development. Plant Physiol 148: 2059-2069. (IF: 6.45)

Xing D, Zhao H, Xu R, and Li QQ (2008) Arabidopsis PCFS4, a homologue of yeast polyadenylation factor Pcf11p, regulates FCA alternative processing and promotes flowering time. Plant J. 54, 899-910. (IF: 6.95)

Hunt AG, Xu R, Addepalli B, Rao S, Forbes KP, Meeks LR, Xing D, Mo M, Zhao H, Bandyopadhyay, A, Dampanaboina L, Marion A, Lanken CV and Li QQ (2008) Arabidopsis mRNA polyadenylation machinery: comprehensive analysis of protein-protein interactions and gene expression profiling. BMC Genomics 9: 220 (IF: 4.21)

Xu RQ, Zhao H, Dinkins RD, Cheng X, Carberry G, Li QQ (2006) The 73 kD subunit of the Cleavage and Polyadenylation Specificity Factor (CPSF) Complex affects reproductive development in Arabidopsis. Plant Mol Biol 61: 799–815. (IF: 4.15)

Zhao H, Song S, Zhu L, Wang Y, Wang N (2002). Study on the autophosphorylation characteristics of a 57 kD CDPK from soybean primary leaf. Acta Sci Nat Univ Nankaiensis, 35: 16-19.

Song S, Zhao H, Cao J, Fang L, Wang Y, Zhu L, Zhang R, Wang N (2002). Cloning and preliminary structural and functional analysis of two putative receptor like protein kinase genes from soybean. J Plant Physiol Mol Biol, 28: 241-246