Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Genetics and Breeding and Plant Somatic Cell Genetics


Academic Societies

Member, Botany, Genetics and Genomic Association of China

Director, Genetics Association of Beijing


Research Interests

Plant Molecular Biology: gene clone, gene function, research of transgenic plant

Plant Genetics and Breeding: Molecular Mechanism of Plant Anti-adversity and Breeding, Genetic and Molecular Mechanism of plant physical and chemical mutagensis

Plant somatic cell genetics: Genetic variation of plant in vitro culture, micro-propagation techniques


Honors and Awards

1. Science and technological progress 2nd Award from Ministry of Education of China in the research of high plant somatic embryogenesis modulation and mechanism, 1998.

2. Science and technological progress 2nd Award from Jilin Province in plant science research of important ecomomic crops, cell and protoplast cultivar regeneration plant and asexuality clone variation, 1992.

3. Talents across centuries from Beijing Normal University , Scientific research funds,1997

4. Chinese Excellent Young Teacher of higher education, Scientific research fund, 2000


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Zijin Liu, Lamei Zheng, Li Pu, Xiaofeng Ma, Xing Wang, Yu Wu, Hainan Ming, Qing Wang, Genfa Zhang*. ENO2 affects the seed size and weight by adjusting cytokinin content and forming ENO2-bZIP75 complex in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2020, 11, 574316.

2. Zijin Liu#, Yonghua Zhang#, Xiaofeng Ma, Pan Ye, Fei Gao, Xiaofeng Li, Yijun Zhou, Zihan Shi, Huimei Cheng, Chaoxing Zheng, Hongjie Li*, Genfa Zhang*. Biological functions of Arabidopsis thaliana MBP-like protein encoded by ENO2 in the response to drought and salt stresses. Physiologia Plantarum, 2019, 167(2): 13013.

3. Liu Zi-Jin, Yong-Hua Zhang, Xiao-Feng Ma, Pan Ye1, Fei Gao, Xiao-Feng Li, Yi-Jun Zhou, Zi-Han Shi1, Hui-Mei Cheng, Chao-Xing Zheng, Hong-Jie Li, Gen-Fa Zhang*. Biological functions of Arabidopsis MBP-1-like protein (AtMBP-1) encoded by ENO2 in the response to drought and salt stresses. Physiologia Plantarum, 2019, doi/10.1111/ppl.13013

4. Cao, Shilin, Ying Wang, Zhiqiang Li, Wei Shi, Fei Gao*, Yijun Zhou, Jinchao Feng, Genfa Zhang*. Genome-wide Identification and Expression Analyses of the Chitinases under Cold and Osmotic stress in Ammopiptanthus nanus. Genes. 2019,10,472, doi: 10.3390 /genes10060472

5. Xing Wang, Jilong Zhang, Weimin Sun, Xiuxiu Feng, Hongjie Li, Genfa Zhang*. Overexpressing a jojoba aquaporin gene, ScPIP1, in Arabidopsis thaliana enhances plant tolerance to drought and salt. [J] The International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 153; doi:10.3390/ijms20010153

6. Gao Fei., Pengju Ma, Yingxin Wu, Yijun Zhou, Gnefa Zhang*.Quantitative proteomic analysis of the response to cold stress in Jojoba, a tropical woody crop [J] the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2019, 20, 243; doi: 10.3390/ ijms20020243

7. Chen C, Zhang YH, Ye P, Ma XF, Zheng CX, Zhang GF*. ENO2 knock-out mutants in Arabidopsis modify the regulation of the gene expression response to NaCl stress [J]. Molecular Biology Reports. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11033-018-4292-7

8. Yonghua Zhang, Chao Chen, Shi Zihan, Cheng Huimei, Bing Jie, Ma Xiaofeng, Zheng Chaoxing, Li Hongjie, Zhang Genfa*. Identification of salinity-related genes in ENO2 variant (eno2-) of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. 2018, 17 (1):94-110. DOI: 10.1016 /s 2095–3119 (17) 61720-9.

9. Zeqin Li, Jilong Zhang, Jingxiao Li, Hongjie Li, Genfa Zhang*. The Function and Regulation Mechanism of TsApx6 from Thellungiella Salsuginea in Response to Salinity and Drought Stresses. [J]. PLoS One, 2016, 11(4): e0154042.

10. Zeqin Li, Jingxiao Li, Hongjie Li, Zihan Shi, Genfa Zhang*. Overexpression of TsApx1 from Thellungiella salsuginea improves abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. BIOLOGIA PLANTARUM 59 (3):497-506, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s 10535-015-0533-y

11. Yu Haichan, Jin Zhao, Jing Xu, Xiaoqu Li, Fengshou Zhang, Yugang Wang, Christopher Carr, Jun Zhang and Genfa Zhang*, Detection of Changes in DNA Methylation Induced by Low-Energy Ion Implantation in Arabidopsis thaliana. 2011, RADIATION RESEARCH 175, 599–609. DOI: 10.1667/RR2209.1

12. Liu X, Sun W, Li Z, Bai R, Li J, Shi Z, Geng H, Zheng Y, Zhang J, Zhang G., Overexpression of ScMnSOD, a SOD gene derived from Jojoba, in Arabidopsis confers its role in drought stress tolerance. Journal of Integrative Agriculture,2013, 12(10): 1722-1730

13. Gao Fei, Yijun Zhou, Weipin Zhu, Xiaofeng Li, Liumin Fan, Genfa Zhang*, Proteomic analysis of cold stress-responsive proteins in Thellungiella rosette leaves. Planta. 2009 (230):1033-1046. DOI 10.1007 /s00425-009-1003-6

14. Changhui Sun, Jun Fang, Taolan Zhao, Bo Xua, Fantao Zhang, Linchuan Liu, Jiuyou Tang, Genfa Zhang, Xiaojian Deng, Fan Chen, Qian Qian, Xiaofeng Cao, The Histone Methyltransferase SDG724 Mediates H3K36me2/3 Deposition at MADS50 and RFT1 and Promotes Flowering in Rice. Plant Cell. 2012. (8):3235-47. Aug 14. doi:10.1105/tpc.112.101436


♦ Reviews

15 Liu Zijin, Aileen Zhang, Lamei Zheng, Johnathan Abou-Fadel, Jun Zhang and Genfa Zhang*. The Biological Significance and Regulatory Mechanism of c-Myc Binding Protein 1 (MBP-1).  [J] The International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018, 19, 3868; doi:10.3390/ijms19123868

2. Zhang Jun, Rod Chiodini, Ahmed Badr, Genfa Zhang. The impact of next-generation sequencing on genomics. JGG,Journal of Genetics and genomics. 38(2011):95-109 doi:10.1016/ j.jgg.2011.02.003 (2011) 1e15, Best review paper in 2013.


Contact Information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

Tel. : +86-10-58809453

E-mail: gfzh@bnu.edu.cn