Huixian Zhang, Prof. Dr.

Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-Resources and Ecology,

South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.




Address: 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou, 510301 China

Research Areas

Prof. Zhang’s researches are focus on marine animal behavior physiology and adaptive evolution. His notable contributions include participating in the whole genome sequencing of seahorses, revealing insights into their body shape genetics. He also discovered the regulatory role of the ParaHox gene family in cyclostomes and the importance of the Pdxα gene in pancreatic differentiation and insulin secretion. Huixian Zhang has led various research projects funded by prestigious organizations. His research achievements have been recognized with publications in renowned journals such as Nature and PNAS. He has received honors for his scientific and technological innovation and is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' "Youth Innovation Promotion Association."


2008, B.E.  Shanxi Normal University

2011, M.S. under the supervision of Prof. Xiaochun Liu, Sun Yat-sen University, China

2013. Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Haoran Lin, Sun Yat-sen University, China


2013-2017 Research Assistant, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

2015-2016 Visiting scholar, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB), A-STAR, Singapore;

2017-Present Associate researcher, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;


(1) Qiang Lin#*, Shaohua Fan#, Yanhong Zhang#, Meng Xu#, Huixian Zhang#, Yulan Yang#, Alison P. Lee, Joost M. Woltering, Vydianathan Ravi, Helen M. Gunter, Wei Luo, Zexia Gao, Zhi Wei Lim, Geng Qin, Ralf F. Schneider, Xin Wang, Peiwen Xiong, Gang Li, Kai Wang, Jiumeng Min, Chi Zhang, Ying Qiu, Jie Bai, Weiming He, Chao Bian, Xinhui Zhang, Dai Shan, Hongyue Qu, Ying Sun, Qiang Gao, Liangmin Huang, Qiong Shi*, Axel Meyer*, Byrappa Venkatesh*.The seahorse genome and the evolution of its specialized morphology. Nature, 2016, 540 (7633): 395-399. Cover image. (IF=69.504)

(2) Huixian Zhang#, Vydianathan Ravi#, Boon-Hui Tay, Sumanty Tohari, Nisha E. Pillai, Aravind Prasad, Qiang Lin, Sydney Brenner*, Byrappa Venkatesh*. Lampreys, the jawless vertebrates, contain only two Parahox gene clusters. PNAS. 2017, 114 (34): 9146-9151. IF=12.779

(3) Huixian Zhang, Yali Liu, Geng Qin, Qiang Lin*. Identification of neurohypophysial hormones and the role of VT in the parturition of pregnant seahorses (Hippocampus erectus). Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2022, 13: 923234. IF=6.055

(4) Huixian Zhang, Bo Zhang, Geng Qin, Shuisheng Li, Qiang Lin*. The roles of the kisspeptin system in the reproductive physiology of the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus), an ovoviviparous fish with male pregnancy. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2018, 12: 940. IF=5.152

(5) Huixian Zhang, Lingzhen Chen, Bo Zhang, Qiang Lin*. Molecular identification of GnIH and its potential role in reproductive physiology and male pregnancy of the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 2019, 279:196-202. Cover image(IF=3.255

(6) Huixian Zhang, Geng Qin, Jinhui Sun, Bo Zhang, Qiang Lin*. The evolution and functional characterization of lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) CCKs involved in fasting and thermal stress response. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 2018, 255: 56-63. IF=3.255

 (7) Huixian Zhang, Bo Zhang, Mari Kawaguchi*, Qiang Lin*. Effects of hatching enzymes on egg envelope digestion in the male-brooding seahorse. Molecular Reproduction and Development. 2021, 88 (6): 459-470. IF=2.812

(8) Huixian Zhang, Huapu Chen, Yong Zhang, Shuisheng Li, Danqi Lu, Haifa Zhang, Zining Meng, Xiaochun Liu*, Haoran Lin*. Molecular cloning, characterization and expression profiles of multiple leptin genes and a leptin receptor gene in orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 2013, 181: 295-305. IF=3.255

(9) Huixian Zhang, Geng Qin, Yanhong Zhang, Shuisheng Li, Qiang Lin*. The leptin system and its expression at different nutritional and pregnant stages in lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus). Biology Open. 2016, 5 (10): 1508-1515. Cover image IF=2.643

(10) Huixian Zhang, Yanhong Zhang, Geng Qin, Qiang Lin*. The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of the network pipefish (Corythoichthys flavofasciatus) and the analyses of phylogenetic relationship within the Syngnathidae species. Marine genomics, 2015, 19: 59-64.IF=2.143

(11) Huixian Zhang, Yanhong Zhang, Qiang Lin*. Complete mitochondrial genome of the pacific seahorse Hippocampus ingens Girard, 1858 (Gasterosteiformes: Syngnathidae). Mitochondrial DNA, 2015, 26(5): 755-756. IF=1.695

Research Interests

 Marine animal behavior physiology and adaptive evolution



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