Research Interests:
Functional genomics, Crop improvement through genetic engineering, Plant transformation technology development
Current Appointment
2006-present, Head, Department of Biotechnology
2006-present, Associate director, Plant Science Institute
2004 -present, Professor, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
2013-present, "Qiushi" professor,  Zhejiang University, China
Ph. D (Plant Breeding), January 1999 – June 2003, Plant Transformation Facility, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, USA.
Dissertation title: Crop improvement through genetic engineering: Development of transformation technologies and production of stress tolerant transgenic crops.
M.S. (Plant Genetics and Breeding), September 1985 – July 1988, Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang Agricultural University (Renamed as Zhejiang University), China.
        Dissertation title: Genetic and clustering analyses on spring and summer soybean germplasm from Zhejiang province. 
B.S. (Seed Science and Technology), September 1981 – July 1985, Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang Agricultural University (Renamed as Zhejiang University), China.
Teaching and Research Experiences
January, 2004 – Present, Professor, Zhejiang University, China.
1) Teaching the graduate course “Genomics” and undergraduate course “Molecular Biology”.
2) Leading a rice functional genomics lab to isolate genes involving in phosphate uptake efficiency, iron metabolism, iron bioavailability, plant root development and transformation efficiency.
3) Administration responsibilities as the head of Department of Biotechnology and associate director of Plant Science Institute
July, 2006 – Sept, 2006, Consultant, Plant Breeding, Gene & Biotech Division, IRRI
June, 2003 – January, 2004, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Transformation Facility, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, USA
January 1999 – June, 2003, Graduate Research Associate, Plant Transformation Facility, Iowa State University. 
August 1998 – January, 1999, Visiting Scientist, Plant Transformation Facility, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, USA
August 1994 – August 1998, Lecturer, Seed Science Center, Zhejiang Agricultural University, China
August 1988 – August 1994, Research Scientist, Soybean Genetics, Breeding and Extension at Crop Institute, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Honors and Awards
2013, Qiushi Professorship, Zhejiang University.
2009, Outstanding young scientist in Zhejiang Province, China
2007. My teaching course “Molecular Biology” was nominated as one of the Nation’s 100 Bilingual Teaching Demonstration Courses, recognized by the Ministry of Education, China.
2005. New Century Excellent Young Scholars, recognized by the Ministry of Education, China.
2005. Teaching Excellent Award, recognized by Zhejiang University, China
2005. Employee Excellence Award, recognized by the College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, China.
2003. Research Excellence Award, recognized by the Graduate College, Iowa State University, USA
Recent Scientific Publications

1.         Ying YH, Yue WH, Wang SD, Li S, Wang M, Zhao Y, Wang C, Mao CZ, Whelan J, Shou HX*. 2016. Two h-type thioredoxins interact with Oryza sativa PHO2 to fine-tune phosphate homeostasis. Plant Physiol. doi:

2.         Duan J, Wang SD, He Cuman, Zhou B, Ruan YL, Shou HX*. 2016. Identification of regulatory networks and hub genes controlling soybean seed set and size using RNA-Seq.  J. Exp. Bot. 2016doi:10.1093/jxb/erw425

3.         Lu  LH, Qiu WM, Gao WW, Tyerman S, Wang C*, Shou HX*. 2016. OsPAP10c, a novel secreted acid phosphatase in rice, plays an important role in utilization of external organic phosphorus. Plant Cell Envir. 39:2249-2259

4.         Li S,  Yue WH, Wang M, Qiu WM, Zhou L, Shou HX*. 2016. Mutation of OsGIGANTEA leads to enhanced tolerance to polyethylene glycol-generated osmotic stress in rice. Front. Plant Sci., 2016.00465.

5.         Wang C, Yue WH, Ying YH, Wang SD, Secco D, Liu Y, Whelan J, Tyerman S, Shou HX*. 2015. Rice SPX-Major Facility Superfamily3, a vacuolar phosphate efflux transporter, is involved in maintaining phosphate homeostasis in rice.  Plant Physiol. 169: 2822-2831.

6.         Ye LX,  Li L, Wang L,  Wang SD,  Li S,  Du J, Zhang SQ, Shou HX*. 2015. MPK3/MPK6 are involved in iron deficiency-induced ethylene production in Arabidopsis. Front. Plant Sci.,

7.         Secco D, Wang  C, Shou HX, Schultz MDChiarenza S,  Nussaume L, Ecker J, Whelan J, Lister R. 2015.  Stress induced gene expression drives transient DNA methylation changes at adjacent repetitive elements. eLife 2015;4:e09343.

8.         Nawaz Z, Kakar KU, Li XB, Li S, Zhang B, Shou HX, Shu QY. Genome-wide association mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for contents of eight elements in brown rice. 2015. J Agri Food Chem. 63, 80088016

9.         Zhou  L, Wang  C, Liu  RF, Han  Q, Rebecca VK, Juan D, Tyerman  S, Shou  HX*. 2014. Constitutive overexpression of soybean plasma membrane intrinsic protein GmPIP1;6 confers salt tolerance. BMC Plant Biol. 14:181  doi:10.1186/1471-2229-14-181

10.     Zhou  L, He HL, Liu RF, Han Q, Liu B, Shou HX*.  2014. Overexpression of GmAKT2 potassium channel enhances resistance to soybean mosaic virus. BMC Plant Biol14:154 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-14-154

11.     Wang C, Li S, Ng S, Zhang BC,  Zhou YH, Whelan J, Wu P,  Shou HX. 2014. Mutation in xyloglucan 6-xylosytransferase results in abnormal root hair development in Oryza sativa. J. Exp. Bot.  65:4149-4157

12.     Li S, Wang C, Zhou L, Shou HX, 2014. Oxygen deficit alleviates phosphate overaccumulation toxicity in OsPHR2 overexpression plants. J Plant Res 127:433-440.

13.     Narsai R, Devenish J, Castleden I, Narsai K, Xu L, Shou HX, Whelan J. 2013. Rice DB: an Oryza Information Portal linking annotation, subcellular location, function, expression, regulation, and evolutionary information for rice and Arabidopsis. Plant J 76: 1057–1073

14.     Secco D, Shou HX, Whelan J, Berkowitz O. 2014. RNA-seq analysis identifies an intricate regulatory network controlling cluster root development in white lupin.  BMC Genom. 15:230  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-230

15.     Song ZY, Tian JL, Fu WZ, Li L, Lu LH, Zhou L, Shan ZH, Tang GX, Shou HX*. 2013. Screening Chinese soybean genotypes for Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation suitability. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 14:289-198

16.     Wu P, Shou HX, Xu GH, Lian XM, 2013. Improvement of phosphorus efficiency in rice on the basis of understanding phosphate signaling and homeostasis. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 16: 205212

17.     Secco D, Jabnoune M, Walker H, Shou HX, Wu P, Poirier Y, Whelan J, 2013. Spatio-Temporal Transcript Profiling of Rice Roots and Shoots in Response to Phosphate Starvation and Recovery.  Plant Cell. 25:4285-4304.

18.     Wang L, Ying YH, Narsai R, Ye L, Zheng L, Tian J, Whelan J, Shou HX*. 2013. Identification of OsbHLH133 as a regulator of iron distribution between roots and shoots in Oryza sativa. Plant Cell & Envir.  doi: 36:224-236

19.     Wang C, Huang W, Ying YH, Li S, Secco D, Tyerman S, Whelan J,  Shou HX*. 2012. Functional characterization of the rice SPX-MFS family reveals a key role of OsSPX-MFS1 in controlling phosphate homeostasis in leaves. New Phytol. 196 139–148

20.     Tian JL, Wang C, Zhang Q, He XW, Whelan J, Shou HX*. 2012. Overexpression of OsPAP10a, a root-associated acid phosphatase, increased extracellular organic phosphorus utilization in rice. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 54 (9): 631–639

21.     Secco D, Wang C, Arpat BA, Wang ZY, Poirier Y, Tyerman SD, Wu P, Shou HX, Whelan J. 2012. The emerging importance of the SPX domain-containing proteins in phosphate homeostasis. New Phyt. 193: 842–851

22.     Secco D, Wang C, Shou HX, Whelan J. 2012. Phosphate homeostasis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the key role of the SPX domain-containing proteins. FEBS Letters 586: 289-295. (IF: 3.5)

23.   Wu JJ, Wang C, Zheng LQ, Wang L,  ChenYR, Whelan J, Shou HX* . 2011. Ethylene is involved in the regulation of iron homeostasis in rice by regulating the expression of iron-acquisition-related genes in Oryza sativa. J. Exp. Bot. 62667-674.


Research work

Plant functional genomics, Crop improvement through genetic engineering, Plant transformation technology development