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Pingfang Yang
Highest Education  
   Wuhan Botanical Garden, Moshan, Wuchang, Wuhan 430074 China
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Education and Appointments:
1997     B.A., Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, Shannxi, China, Economic Forestry

2002     M.S. Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan, China, Plant Embryology

2006     Ph.D. Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, plant proteomics

07, 2005 -11, 2005 Research Assistant, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

11, 2005 - 02, 2007 Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

03, 2007 - 12, 2009  Postdoc., DOE-Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Research Interest:

1. Molecular mechanism of Seed dormancy and germination:

Plants reproduce their progenies mainly through the seeds. Seed germination, which is defined as the process that the mature seeds sense and transduct the suitable environmental factors like light, temperature and humidity, absorb the water quickly, activate a series of biochemical pathways and then emerge out of the capsule, is one of the important physiological processes in the life cycle of plants. This process is highly controlled by exogenous as well as endogenous factors. To understand how the seeds sense and transduct the exogenous signals, we will apply the proteomic strategy to identify the protein components that are involved in the signal transduction during the seed germination. Exploring the mechanism of seed germination will contribute a lot in solving the problems in both resource plant reproduction and agricultural production.

2. Proteomics of plant sexual reproduction:

After the vegetative growth, plants enter into the sexual growth period in which the flowers are developed. The development and maturation of microsporophyte and megasporophyte and their physiological status are critical for the success of the sexual reproduction. Stigma is the site where reception and recognition of pollens happen. The interaction and recognition between stigma and pollens are intermediated by a series of signal transduction. Aiming at exploring the mechanism of recognition, our group applies the proteomic strategy to study the proteome pattern of the mature stigma and its changes during this process. The identification of the functional important proteins will deepen our understanding of the sexual reproduction mechanism in the plant kingdom.

Public Services:

Seleted Publications:

He D, Han C, Yang P (2011) Gene Expression Profile Changes in Germinating Rice. J Inte Plant Biol. 53, 835-844.  

Chi F*, Yang P*, Han F, Jing Y, Shen S. (2010) Proteomic Analysis of Rice Seedlings Infected by Sinorhizobium meliloti 1021. Proteomics, 10, 1861-1874.  

Wang XQ, Yang P, et al. (2009) Proteomic Analysis of Cold Acclimation in the Moss Physcomitrella patens. Proteomics, 9: 4529-4538.

Sigrun Reumann, Sheng Quan, Kyaw Aung, Pingfang Yang, et al., (2009) In-depth proteome analysis of Arabidopsis leaf peroxisomes combined with in vivo subcellular targeting verification uncovers low-abundance proteins with novel metabolic and regulatory functions. Plant physiology, 150: 125-143.

Wang XQ*, Yang P*, et al., (2009) Exploring the mechanism of Physcomitrella patens desiccation tolerance through a proteomic strategy. Plant Physiology, 149: 1739-1750 (co-first author)

Wang XQ*, Yang P*, et al. (2008) Proteomic analysis of the high-salinity stress in Physcomitrella patens. Planta, 228: 167-177 (co-first author)

Yang P, Li XJ, et al. (2007) Proteomic Analysis of Rice Seeds during Germination. Proteomics 7: 3358-3368.

Yang P, Chen H, et al. (2007) Proteomic Analysis of de-etiolated Rice Seedlings upon exposure to light. Proteomics, 7: 2459-2468.

Liang Y, Chen H, Tang MJ, Yang P, Shen SH, (2007) Responses of Jatropha curcas seedlings to cold stress: photosynthesis-related proteins and chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics. Physiologia Plantarum, 131(10): 508-517.

Yang P, Liang Y, et al. (2006) Proteome study of rice uppermost internodes at the milk stage. Proteomics, 6: 3330-3338.

Yang PF, Li XJ, Jing YX, Liang Y, Shen SH and Kuang TY. (2006) Proteomic analysis of the response of Liangyoupeijiu (a super high-yield hybrid rice) seedlings to cold stress. J Inte Plant Biol., 48(8): 945-951.

Yang PF, Shen SH and Kuang TY. (2006) A Comparative Analysis of the Endosperm Proteins Separated by Two-dimensional Electrophoresis for two Cultivars of hybrid Rice (Oryza sativa L.). J Inte Plant Biol., 48(9): 1028-1033.

Yao JL, Yang PF, Hu CG, et al., (2004) Embryological Evidence for Apomixis in Eulaliopsis binata. Acta Botanica Sinica, 46(1): 86-92.

Qi S, Yang PF, Shen SH, et al., (2004) Analysis of salt shock-induced proteome of Sinorhizobium fredii. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49:1828-1833.

4th International Symposium on Frontiers in Agriculture Proteome


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