Yuqin Zhang  College of Advanced Agricultural Sciences


Office Tel: 010-53322969

Address: No. 1 West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China

Post Code: 100101

Research Areas

1. Transport mechanisms of phytohormones.


Phytohormones are small molecules produced in plants in a very low concentration that can move and function as signals. Among them, auxin affects almost all the aspects of plant growth and development, including plants tillering, spike size, and the seed size etc.; abscisic acid (ABA) is a well-known plant stress response hormone that regulates processes such as plant stress resistance and senescence. The most important feature of plant hormones is that they can be synthesized at one site and act at another. The most familiar hormone transport is the polar transport of auxin mediated by PIN. Besides PIN, what other transporters are involved in the transport of auxin and what is the mechanism of ABA transport? We used Arabidopsis and tomato as model plants to identify the transport proteins of plant hormones, especially auxin and ABA, and to dissect their molecular transport mechanisms in different levels among tissues, cells and organelles.

2. To improve tomato flavor.


China is the largest tomato producer in the world. The future direction of tomato development is to improve the tomato flavor. Tomato is a moderately salt-sensitive crop, through moderate salinity or drought, the flavor and quality of tomato could be regulated. Using the forward genetics method, we have generated a tomato genome scale library, the constructed tomato mutant library will provide important genetic resources for breeding new tomato resistance varieties and improving tomato flavor.

Open positions: Our lab is recruiting postdoctoral fellows all the time, shoot me by any time! Cheers,


2009.09-2015.07   Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, UCAS. Doctor
2006.09-2009.07   Shenzhen University. Master  
2002.09-2006.07   Liaocheng University.   Bachelor


Work Experience

2022.09-now           University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Associate professor

2015.08-2022.08     Tel Aviv University. Postdoc. Fellow


1.           Zhang YQ, Berman A, Shani E. (2023). Plant hormone transport and localization – signaling molecules on the move. Annual Review of Plant Biology
2.           Jenness MK, Tayengwa R, Bate GA, Tapken W, Zhang YQ, Pang C and Murphy AS. (2022). Loss of Multiple ABCB Auxin Transporters Recapitulates the Major twisted dwarf 1 Phenotypes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Science. 13:840260.
3.            Zhang YQVasuki H, Liu J, Bar H, Lazary S, Egbaria A, Ripper D, Charrier L, Belew Z, Wulff N, Damodaran S, NouroEldin H, Aharoni A, Ragni L, Strader L, Sade N, Weinstain R, Geisler M, Shani E. (2021). ABA homeostasis and long-distance translocation are redundantly regulated by ABCG ABA importers. Science Advances. 7: eabf6069.
4.           Zhang YQNaser V, Pisanty O, Omary M, Wulff N, Charrier L, Tal I, Hauser F, Hao PC, Roth O, Fromm H, Schroeder J, Geisler M, Hassan Nour-Eldin H, and Shani E. (2018). A transportome-scale amiRNA-based screen identifies redundant roles of Arabidopsis ABCB6 and ABCB20 in auxin transport. Nature Communications9: 4204.
5.           Shani E*, Salehin M*, Zhang YQ, Sanchez S.E, Doherty C, Wang R, Mangado C.C, Song L, Tal I, Pisanty O, Ecker J.R, Kay S.A, Pruneda-Paz J, Estelle M. (2017). Plant stress tolerance requires auxin-sensitive Aux/IAA transcriptional repressors. Current Biology27(3): 437-444.
6.           Zhang YQ*Lu X*, Zhao FY, Li QT, Niu SL, Wei W, Zhang WK, Ma B, Chen SY, Zhang JS. (2016). Soybean GmDREBL increases lipid content in seeds of transgenic ArabidopsisScientific Reports6: 34307. (Co-first author)
7.           Zhang YQ, Lu X, Li QT, Chen SY, Zhang JS. (2016). Recent Advances in Identification and Functional Analysis of Genes Responsible for Soybean Nutritional Quality. Scientia Acricultura Sinica, 49 (22): 4299-4309.
8.           Wei W, Zhang YQ, Tao JJ, Chen HW, Li QT, Zhang WK, Ma B, Lin Q, Zhang JS, Chen SY. (2015). The Alfin-like homeodomain finger protein AL5 suppresses multiple negative factors to confer abiotic stress tolerance in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal. 81 (6):871-83.
9.           Zou HF*, Zhang YQ*, Wei W, Chen HW, Song QX, Liu YF, Zhao MY, Fang F, Zhang BC, Lin Q, Zhang WK, Ma B, Zhou YH, Zhang JS, Chen SY. (2013). Transcription factor AtDOF4.2 regulates shoot branching and seed coat formation in Arabidopsis. Biochemical Journal449: 373-388. (Co-first author)
10.        Chen LJ*, Wuriyanghan H*, Zhang YQ, Duan KX, Chen HW, Li QT, Lu X, He SJ, Ma B, Zhang WK, Lin Q, Chen SY and Zhang JS. (2013). An S-domain receptor-like kinase OsSIK2 confers abiotic stress tolerance and delays dark- induced leaf senescence in rice. Plant Physiology163: 1752-1765.
11.        Hao YJ, Wei W, Song QX, Chen HW, Zhang YQ, Wang F, Zou HF, Lei G, Tian AG, Zhang WK, Ma B, Zhang JS, Chen SY. (2011). Soybean NAC transcription factors promote abiotic stress tolerance and lateral root formation in transgenic plants. Plant Journal. 68: 302-313.

(1) Soybean transcriptionally active protein GmPHD6 and its encoding gene and application, Invention Patent, 2013, No. 4 Author, Patent No. CN103102400A