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Lijia, Qu




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Editorial Activities
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 2011-
Associate Editor , BMC Plant Biology, 2009-
Associate Editor , PLoS Genetics , 2009-
Editor, Molecular Plant, 2008-2013
Editor, Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2005-2015
Editor, Science China, 2004-
Research Interests
1. To study, at both the molecular and cellular level, the role of a newly found modification, methylation, of the phytohormones in plant development. 
2. To dissect the molecular mechanisms involved in sexual reproduction in Arabidopsis, especially pollen tube guidance. We focus on three type of proteins, i.e., RING-type E3 ligases, peptide signals and receptor-like kinases (RLKs). 
3. To systematically analyze the functions of transcription factors in Arabidopsis. 
4. In addition to Arabidopsis, we also pay attention to development and utilization of new technologies in rice breeding.
Representative Peer-Reviewed Publications
1. Wu Z, Zhu D, Lin X, Miao J, Gu L, Deng X, Yang Q, Sun K, Zhu D, Cao X, Tsuge T, Dean C, Aoyama T, Gu H, Qu L-J*, RNA-binding proteins RZ-1B and RZ-1C play critical roles in regulating pre-mRNA splicing and gene expression during development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 2016, 28: 55-73.
2. Lin Q, Ogashi Y, Kato M, Tsuge T, Gu H, Qu L-J*, Aoyama T*, GLABRA2 targets basic Helix-loop-helix transcription factor genes to robustly suppress root hair development. Plant Cell, 2015, 27: 2894-2906.
3. Qu L-J*, Li L, Lan Z, Dresselhaus T, Peptide signaling during the pollen tube journey and double fertilization. Journal of Experimental Botany 2015, 66 (17): 5139-5150.
4. Li R, Li J, Li S, Qin G, Novák O, Pěn?ík A, Ljung K, Aoyama T, Liu J, Murphy A, Gu H, Tsuge T, Qu L-J*, ADP1 affects plant architecture by regulating local auxin biosynthesis , PLoS Genetics, 2014 , 10: e1003954 
5. Zhu D, Wu Z, Cao G, Li J, Wei J, Tsuge T, Gu H, Aoyama T, Qu L-J*, TRANSLUCENT GREEN, an ERF family transcription factor, controls water balance in Arabidopsis by activating the expression of aquaporin genes. Molecular Plant, 2014,7(4): 601-615.
6. Yang Y, Ou B, Zhang J, Si W, Gu H, Qin G, Qu L-J*, Arabidopsis Mediator subunit MED16 regulates iron homeostasis by associating with EIN3/EIL1 through subunit MED25. Plant Journal, 2014, 77: 838-851.
7. Miao J, Guo D, Zhang J, Huang Q, Qin G, Zhang X, Wan J, Gu H, and Qu L-J, Targeted mutagenesis in rice using CRISPR-Cas system, Cell Research , 2013 , 23: 1233-1236 
8. Liu J, Zhong S, Guo X, Hao L, Wei X, Huang Q, Hou Y, Shi J, Wang C, Gu H, Qu L-J*, Membrane-bound RLCKs LIP1 and LIP2 are essential male factors controlling male-female attraction in Arabidopsis. Current Biology, 2013, 23: 993-998.
9. Wang Y, Hou Y, Gu H, Kang D, Chen Z, Liu J, Qu L-J, The Arabidopsis APC4 subunit of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) is critical for both female gametogenesis and embryogenesis. Plant Journal, 2012, 69(2): 227-240.7. 
10. Luo Y, Qin G, Zhang J, Liang Y, Song Y, Zhao M, Tsuge T, Aoyama T, Liu J, Gu H and Qu L-J*, D-myo-inositol-3-phosphate affects phosphatidylinositol-mediated endomembrane function in Arabidopsis and is essential for auxin-regulated embryogenesis, Plant Cell, 2011, 23: 1352-1372