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Yijun Qi Professor


1991-1995Department of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University B.S.

1995-1998Institute of Biotechnology, Zhejiang Agricultural University M.S.

1998-2001Institute of Biotechnology, Zhejiang University Ph.D.

2001-2004Department of Plant Biology, Ohio State University Postdoctoral Researcher

2004-2006Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher

2006-2010National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing Assistant Investigator

2010-2011National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing Associate Investigator

2011-2015School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University Tenure-track Associate Professor

2011-presentTsinghua-Peking Joint Center for Life Science (CLS) Investigator

2013-presentCenter for Plant Biology,

Main Research Fields

Mechanisms and functions of small RNAs and long non-coding RNAs in plants; plant epigenetics

Selected Publications

1. Fang, X.#, Zhao, G.#, Zhang S., Li, Y., Gu, H., Li, Y., Zhao, Q. and Qi, Y.* (2019) Chloroplast-to-nucleus signaling regulates microRNA biogenesis in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell, 48: 371-382

2. Zhao, X.#, Li, J.#, Lian, B.#, Gu, H., Li, Y.* and Qi, Y.* (2018) Global identification of Arabidopsis lncRNAs reveals the regulation of MAF4 by a natural antisense RNA. Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07500-7

3. Li, Y.#, Yuan, Y.#, Fang, X.#, Lu, X., Lian, B., Zhao, G. and Qi, Y.* (2018) A role for MINIYO and QUATRE-QUART 2 in the assembly of RNA polymerases II, IV and V in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 30: 466-480.

4. Liu, C.#, Xin, Y.#, Xu, L.#, Cai, Z., Xue, Y., Liu, Liu, C., Xin, Y., Xu, L., Cai, Z., Xue, Y., Liu, Y., Xie, D., Liu, Y. and Qi, Y.* (2018) Arabidopsis ARGONAUTE1 binds chromatin to promote gene transcription in response to hormone and stress stimuli. Developmental Cell, 44: 348-361.

5. Xu, L.#, Hu, Y.#, Cao, Y., Li, J., Ma, L., Li, Y.* and Qi Y. * (2018) An expression atlas of miRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science China Life Sciences, 61: 178-189.

6. Liu, M., Ba, Z., Costa-Nunes, P., Wei, W., Li, L., Kong, F., Li, Y., Chai, J., Pontes, O. and Qi, Y. * (2017) IDN2 interacts with RPA and facilitates DNA double-strand break repair by homologous recombination in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 29: 589-599.

7. Cui, Y.#, Fang, X.# and Qi, Y.* (2016) TRANSPORTIN1 Promotes the Association of MicroRNA with ARGONAUTE1 in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 28: 2576-2585.

8. Fang, X. and Qi, Y.* (2016) RNAi in plants: An Argonaute-centered view. The Plant Cell, 28: 272-285. (invited review) Ye, R.#, Chen, Z.#, Lian, B., Rowley, M., Xia, N., Chai, J., Li, Y., Wierzbicki A., and Qi, Y. * (2016) A Dicer-independent route for biogenesis of siRNAs that direct DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. Molecular Cell, 61: 222-235.

9. Fang, X., Cui, Y., Li, Y., and Qi, Y.* (2015) Transcription and processing of primary miRNAs are coupled by Elongator complex in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants, doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.75.

10. Fang, X., Lu, X., Chen, Z., and Qi, Y.* (2015) CMA33/XCT regulates small RNA production through modulating the transcription of Dicer-Like genes in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant, 8: 1227-1236.