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Research DirectionPlastid genetics and crop protection 

Office phone: +86(0)2788661237-8064

Email: zhangjiang@hubu.edu.cn


09/2004-06/2008  Ph.D, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

09/2001-06/2004  M.S., Hubei University, China

09/1997-06/2001  B.S., Hubei University, China

Work Experience

06/2015-                Hubei University, China, Professor

07/2008-06/2015  Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiolgy, Post-doctor, Scientist


  1. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 31572071), 01/2016-12/2019

  2. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 31872035), 01/2019-12/2022

  3. National Key Research and Development Program of China (NO. 2017YFD0600101),01/2017-12/2020

  4. Hubei Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholar (NO. 2016CFA052), 01/2016-12/2018

  5. Research foundation for MPI Partner Group, 01/2017-12/2019

Award and Honors

  1. 8th Young Scholar, The Entomological Society of China, 2017

  2. Jeff Schell Award for Junior Scientists, Max Planck Institute & BASF, 2015 

Representative Publications

  1. Wu Y, Xu L, Chang L, Ma M, You L, Jiang C, Li S, Zhang J (2019). Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cry1C expression from the plastid genome of poplar leads to high mortality of leaf eating caterpillars. Tree Physiology. DOI:10.1093/treephys/tpz073

  2. You L, Song Q, Wu Y, Li S, Jiang C, Chang L, Yang X, Zhang J(2019). Accumulation of glycine betaine in transplastomic potato plants expressing choline oxidase confers improved drought tolerance. Planta. 249(6):1963-1975.

  3. Zhan X, Zhang F, Zhong Z, Chen R, Wang Y, Chang L, Bock R, Nie B, Zhang J (2019). Generation of virus-resistant potato plants by RNA genome targeting. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 17(9):1814-1822.

  4. Zhang J, Khan SA, Heckel DG, Bock R (2017) Next-Generation Insect-Resistant Plants: RNAi-Mediated Crop Protection. Trends in Biotechnology 35(9):871-882.

  5. Zhang J, Khan SA, Hasse C, Ruf S, Heckel DG, Bock R (2015) Pest control. Full crop protection from an insect pest by expression of long double-stranded RNAs in plastids. Science 347,991-994.

  6. Zhang J, Ruf S, Hasse C, Childs L, Scharff LB, Bock R (2012) Identification of cis-elements conferring high levels of gene expression in non-green plastids. The Plant Journal 2012, 72:115-128.

  7. Zhang J, Tan W, Yang XH, Zhang HX (2008) Plastids-expression of choline monooxygenase gene improves salt and drought tolerance through accumulation of glycine betaine in tobacco. Plant Cell Reports 27:1113-1124.


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