Research interests: Phytohormones and plant stem cell regulation, Systems biology approach in plant development, Molecular biology.
Education: Ph.D.: 2000-2003, (Botany) Department of Biochemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Andersen SU, Buechel S, Zhao Z, Ljung K, Novák O, Busch W, Schuster C, Lohmann JU. Requirement of B2-type cyclin-dependent kinases for meristem integrity in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Plant Cell, 20(1): 88-100, 2008.
Xu L, Zhao Z, Dong A, Soubigou-Taconnat L, Renou JP, Steinmetz A, Shen WH. Di- and tri- but not monomethylation on histone H3 lysine 36 marks active transcription of genes involved in flowering time regulation and other processes in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Mol Cell Biol., 28(4): 1348-60, 2008.
Feng X*, Zhao Z*, Tian Z*, Xu S, Luo Y, Cai Z, Wang Y, Yang J, Wang Z, Weng L, Chen J, Zheng L, Guo X, Luo J, Sato S, Tabata S, Ma W, Cao X, Hu X, Sun C, Luo D. Control of petal shape and floral zygomorphy in Lotus japonicus.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 103(13): 4970-4975, 2006. (*co-first authors).
Guo X, Zhao Z, Chen J, Hu X, Luo D. A putative CENTRORADIALIS/TERMINAL FLOWER 1-like gene, Ljcen1, plays a role in phase transition in Lotus japonicus.
Zhao Z, Yu Y, Meyer D, Wu C and Shen WH. Prevention of early flowering by expression of FLOWERING LOCUS C requires methylation of histone H3 K36.
Nature Cell Biology, 7(12): 1256-60, 2005.
Dong ZC, Zhao Z, Liu CW, Luo JH, Yang J, Huang WH, Hu XH, Wang TL, Luo D. Floral patterning in Lotus japonicus.
Plant Physiol., 137(4): 1272-82, 2005.
Luo JH, Yan J, Weng L, Yang J, Zhao Z, Chen JH, Hu XH, Luo D. Different expression patterns of duplicated PHANTASTICA-like genes in Lotus japonicus suggest their divergent functions during compound leaf development.
Cell Res. 2005, 15(8): 665-77, 2005.
Zhao Z and Shen WH. Plants contain a high number of proteins showing sequence similarity to the animal SUV39H family of histone methyltransferases.
Ann.N.Y.Acad.Sci.1030: 661-669, 2004.
Hu.W, Zhang, S., Zhao Z, Sun. C., Zhao. Y. and Luo. D. The analysis of the structure and expression of OsTB1 gene in rice.