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Director of Plant Quality Improvement Lab

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Highest Education



South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road #723, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China



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Academic Education & Work Career

Dr.Deng(Shulin Deng)Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2010. Doctor of Philosophy, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guang zhou, China.Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2010. Visiting scholar, The Rockefeller University, NY, U.S.A.Sept. 2003  Dec. 2005. Master of Science, College of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University.Sept. 1998  Jun. 2002. Bachelor of Science, Fisheries School, Ji Mei University, Xia men, China. Sept. 2017--Current. Researcher, South China Botanic Garden, CAS.Feb. 2016--Aug. 2017. PostdocResearch Fellow, Temasek Life Science Laboratory, National University of Singapore, Singapore.Feb. 2011--Jan. 2016. Postdoc Fellow, The Rockefeller University, NY. U.S.A.Jul. 2002--Aug. 2003. Technician, Quan zhou Ji-Cheng Aquarium Co. LTD.

Research Interest

Our research focus on the Epigenetic mechanisms of plant in response to environmental stresses and development. Currently, there are three sub-topics in the lab, 1) the epigenetic regulation during plant virus infection, 2) biochemistry and molecular genetic functions of protein posttranslational modifications, 3) molecular functions of plant non-coding RNAs.


Supported Projects



Notes: #, Co-first author; *, Corresponding author

1. Kai Cao, Lirong Cui, Xiaoting Zhou, Lin Ye, Zhirong Zou*, Shulin Deng*. (2016). Four tomato FLOWERING LOCUS T-like proteins act antagonistically to regulate floral initiation. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:1213.

2. Shulin Deng, In-Cheol Jang, Linlin Su, Jun Xu, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2016). JMJ24 targets CHROMOMETHYLASE3 for proteasomal degradation in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development 30:251-256.

3. Jun Liu#, Shulin Deng#, Huan Wang#, Jian Ye, Hui-Wen Wu, Hai-Xi Sun, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2016). CURLY LEAF Regulates Gene Sets Coordinating Seed Size and Lipid Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 171:424-436.

4. Shulin Deng#, Jun Xu#, *, Jun Liu, Sang-Hee Kim, Suhua Shi, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2015). JMJ24 binds to RDR2 and is required for the basal level transcription of silenced loci in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 83:770-782.

5. Shulin Deng, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2015). Inverted-Repeat RNAs targeting FT Intronic regions promote FT expression in Arabidopsis. Plant and Cell Physiology 56:1667-1678.

6. Choonkyun Jung#, Pingzhi Zhao#, Jun Sung Seo#, Nobutaka Mitsuda, Shulin Deng, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2015). Plant U-box protein 10 regulates MYC2 stability in Arabidopsis. Plant cell 27:2016-2031.

7. Shulin Deng#, Hongzheng Dai#, Catalina Arenas, Huan Wang, Qi-Wen Niu, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2014). Transcriptional Silencing of Arabidopsis Endogenes by Single-Stranded RNAs Targeting the Promoter Region. Plant and Cell Physiology 55:823-833.

8. Jun Liu#, Choonkyun Jung#, Jun Xu#, Huan Wang, Shulin Deng, Lucia Bernad, Catalina Arenas-Huertero, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2012). Genome-wide Analysis Uncovers Regulation of Long Intergenic Noncoding RNAs in Arabidopsis. Plant cell 24:4333-4345.

9. In-Cheol Jang#, Qi-Wen Niu#, Shulin Deng, Pingzhi Zhao, Nam-Hai Chua*. (2012). Enhancing protein stability with retained biological function in transgenic plants. Plant Journal 72:345-354.

10. Shan Liang, Lu Fang, Renchao Zhou, Tian Tang, Shulin Deng, Suisui Dong, Yelin Huang, Cairong Zhong, Suhua Shi*. (2012). Transcriptional Homeostasis of a Mangrove Species, Ceriops tagal, in Saline Environments, as Revealed by Microarray Analysis. PLOS ONE 7:e36499.

11. Shulin Deng, Yelin Huang, Hanghang He, Fengxiao Tan, Xiaowei Ni, L.P. Jayatissad, Sanath Hettiarachid, Suhua Shi*. (2009). Genetic diversity of Aegiceras corniculatum (Myrsinaceae) revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP). Aquatic Botany 90:275-281.

12. Yelin Huang, Fengxiao Tan, Guahua Su, Shulin Deng, Hanghang He, Suhua Shi*. (2008). Population genetic structure of three species in the mangrove genus Ceriops (Rhizophoraceae) from the Indo West Pacific. Genetica 133:47-56.

13. Xiaowei Ni, Yelin Huang, Lin Wu, Renchao Zhou, Shulin Deng, Darong Wu, Bosun Wang, Guohua Su, Tian Tang, Suhua Shi*. (2006). Genetic diversity of the endangered Chinese endemic herb Primulina tabacum (Gesneriaceae) revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP). Genetica 127:177-183

14. Xinhui Fu, Yelin Huang, Shulin Deng, Renchao Zhou, Guili Yang, Xiaowei Ni, Weijing Li, Suhua Shi*. (2005). Construction of a SSH library of Aegiceras corniculatum under salt stress and expression analysis of four transcripts. Plant Science 169:147-154

15. Xinhui Fu, Shulin Deng, Guohua Su, Qinglu Zeng, Suhua Shi*. (2004). Isolating high-quality RNA from mangroves without liquid nitrogen. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 22:1-5.

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