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QIN Qingming

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Qing-Ming Qin






Ph.D., Professor


My labor atory is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying host-microbe (both medical and plant pathogens) interactions. By using multiple cutting-edge technologies such as gene knockout, immunofluorescence confocal microscopy, transcriptomics, proteomics/phosphoproteomics, etc., we currently focus on genome-wide functional analysis of virulence-associated   factors in Botrytis cinerea , the gray mold fungus that infects over 500 plant species and annually causes enormous economic losses worldwide, and dissection of molecular and/or biochemical mechanisms of the pathogenicity-associated factors that regulate the pathogen development and host infection as well as host immune responses.


Education & Training

   Postdoc, 2002/12–2005/10University of California, Davis

   Ph.D.,  1999/09–2002/07, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

   M.S.,   1990/09–1993/07, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

   B.S.,    1986/09–1990/07, Guangxi University, Nanning, China



Professional Experience

      Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China

  Full Professor: Dept. of Plant Protection, College of Plant Sciences & Key

                            Laboratory of Zoonosis Research, Ministry of Education, Jilin

                            University, China, March, 2012-Present

Texas A&M Health Science Center/Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

  Visiting Professor: Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology,

                                              Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station,

                                              Texas 77843, USA, 07/2016 08/ 2017

     Senior Research Scientist: Borlaug Advanced Research Center, Dept. of Plant

                                                Pathology and Microbiology & Dept. of Veterinary

                                                Pathobiology, 10/2005 – 03/2012

Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China

    Assistant Professor:Department of plant disease, 10/199512/2002

China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

    Assistant Professor:Department of Plant Pathology, 07/1993 10/1995




1.Advance in Life Science Researchfor Ph.D. Student

2.Advanced Research Methods for Plant Pathology (for Graduate Students)

3.Writing Journal-Style Scientific Papers in English (for Graduate Students)

4.Agricultural Plant Pathology (for Undergraduate Students)



Research Projects in Recent Years

1. Molecular mechanisms of histone demethylase BcJar1 regulating the development

   and pathogenicity of the plant gray mold fungus Botrytis cinerea, NSFC (Grant #:

   31871913), 01/2019-12/2022, Role: PI.

2. Research and demonstration of technology integration in the Reduction and  

   pesticide in Northern rice production areas, the National Key Research and

   Development Program of China, 01/2018-12/2020. Role: Participant.

3. Molecular mechanism of Brucella subversion of host IRE1α and its signal cascade

  for the pathogen’s successful infection, NSFC (Grant #: 81371773), 01/2014-1    

  2/2017, Role: PI.

4. The Chinese Special Fund for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest

  (Grant# 201303025), Ministry of Agriculture, P.R. China, 01/2013-12/2017, Role:


5. The recruitment Program of Overseas Talents, Jilin University (Grant #:

   4305050102), 03/2012-03/2015, Role: PI.

6. Identification of host unfolded Protein response (UPR) factors that mediate

Brucellainfection, Jilin University, 05/2013-05/2016, Role: PI.

7. The recruitment program of High-level Innovative Talents of Jilin Province,

   01/2013-12/2016, Role:PI.



Selected Publications, * Corresponding Authr,  IF: impact factor



1. Liu Y, Liu JK, Li GH, Zhang MZ, Zhang YY, Wang YY, Hou J, Yang S, Sun J,

   Qin QM*. (2019) A novel Botrytis cinerea-specific gene BcHBF1 enhances

   virulence of the grey mould fungus via promoting host penetration and invasive

   hyphal development. Molecular Plant Pathology, 20(5):731-747. doi:

10.1111/mpp.12788. PMID: 31008573. (IF2018: 4.188)

2. Liu JK, Chang HW, Liu Y, Qin YH, Zhang MZ, Cao SN, Li LT, LiGH*, Qin QM*.

   (2018). The key gluconeogenic gene PCK1 is crucial for virulence of Botrytis cinerea via

   initiating its conidial germination and host penetration. Environmental Microbiology,

  20(5):1794-1814. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14112. PMID: 29614212. (IF5-yr: 5.965)

3. Pandey A, Lin F, Cabello, AL, da Costa LF, Feng X, Feng HQ, Zhang MZ, Iwawaki

   T, Rice-Ficht A, Ficht TA, de Figueiredo P, Qin QM* (2018). Activation of host

   IRE1α-dependent signaling axis contributes the intracellular parasitism of Brucella

   melitensis. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. doi:

10.3389/fcimb.2018.00103, PMID: 29732320. (IF2017: 4.3)

4. Ren W, Liu N, Sang C, Shi D, Zhou M, Qin QM*, Chen C*. (2018). The autophagy

   gene BcATG8 regulates vegetative differentiation and plant infection of Botrytis

   cinerea. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, doi:10.1128/AEM.  

   02455-17. (IF5-yr: 4.52)

5. Cao SN, Yuan, Y, Qin YH, Zhang MZ, de Figueiredo P, Li GH*, and Qin, QM*.

   (2018). The pre-rRNA processing factor Nop53 regulates fungal development and

   pathogenesis via mediating production of reactive oxygen species. Environmental   Microbiology, 20(4):1531-1549. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14082,

   PMID: 29488307.  (IF5-yr: 5.965)

6. Pandey A#, Ding SL#, Qin QM#, Gupta R, Gomez G, Lin F, Feng X, Fachini da

   Costa L, Chaki SP, Katepalli M, Case ED, van Schaik EJ, Sidiq T, Khalaf O, Arenas A,

   Kobayashi KS, Samuel JE, Rivera GM, Alaniz RC, Sze SH, Qian X, Brown WJ,

   Rice-Ficht A, Russell WK, Ficht TA, de Figueiredo P. (2017). Global Reprogramming

of Host Kinase Signaling in Response to Fungal Infection. Cell Host Microbe, 10;

  21(5): 637-649. DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2017.04.008, PMID: 28494245.

(#: Co-first authors) (IF2017: 14.946)

7. Feng HQ, Li GH, Du SW, Yang S, Li XQ, de Figueiredo P, Qin QM*. (2017).

The septin protein Sep4 facilitates host infection by plant fungal pathogens via mediating

initiation of infection structure formation. Environmental Microbiology.

   19(5):1730-1749. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13613, PMID: 27878927. (IF5-yr: 6.24)

8. Sun XQ, Zhang MX, Yu JY,  Jin Y, Ling B, Du JP, Li G, Qin QM*, and Cai QN*.

  (2013).  Rice brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens) glutathione S-transferase is

   essential for its adaptation to gramine-containing host plants. PLoS One, 8(5):e64026.

    doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064026. (IF5-yr: 4.12)

9. Qin QM*, Luo J, Lin X, Pei J, Li L, Ficht TA, de Figueiredo P*. (2011). Functional

   analysis of host factors that mediate the intracellular lifestyle of Cryptococcus

   neoformans. PLoS Pathogens, 7(6):e1002078 (Faculty of 1000 评论并被

PLoS Pathogens 评选为该刊的特色研究论文加以评论) (IF2011 : 9.13)

10. Jupiter DC, Ficht TA, Qin QM, Rice-Ficht AC, Samuel J, de Figueiredo P. (2010).

     Genomic Polymorphisms as Inherent Watermarks for Tracking Infectious Agents.        

Frontiers in Microbiology. 1:109. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2010.00109. (IF5-yr: 4.3)

11. Jupiter DC, Ficht TA, Samuel J, Qin QM, de Figueiredo P. (2010). DNA

     Watermarking of Infectious Agents: Progress and Prospects.  PLoS Pathogens 17;

     6(6): e1000950. (IF2011: 9.079)

12. Qin QM*, Pei J, Ancona V, Shaw BD, Ficht TA, and de Figueiredo P*. (2008). RNAi

     Screen of Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Host Factors Reveals a Role for IRE1a in

Brucella Replication. PLoS Pathogens 4 (7): e1000110. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.

     1000110. (Faculty of 1000 评论并被 PLoS Pathogens 评为该刊的特色研究论文加

 以评论). (IF2008: 9.34)

13. Qin QM, Vallad GE, and Subbarao KV. (2008). Characterization of Verticillium

     dahliae and V. tricorpus isolates from lettuce and artichoke. Plant Disease 92: 69-77.

     (IF5-yr: 3.2)

14. Qin QM, Vallad GE, Wu BM, Subbarao KV. (2006). Phylogenetic Analyses of

     Phytopathogenic Isolates of Verticillium spp. Phytopathology, 96(6): 582-592.

     (IF5-yr: 3.1)



Other Academic Activities

1. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (Nature Publication Group, NPG),Review


2. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (NPG),Review Editor,01/2013-12/2017.

3. Independently invited to review manuscripts for international academicjournals such as

   New Phytologist,Molecular Microbiology,PLoS One,Cellular & Molecular Biology

   Letters,BMC Infectious Diseases, Canadian Journal  of Plant Pathology, Frontiers in

   Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology,

   Gene Regulation and Systems Biology, Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, Acta Ecologica



   Our laboratory has excellent research platform and academic environment. We have maintained long-term academic cooperations with many outstanding professors working in the related fields from the worldwide famous universities such as University of California at Davis, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, etc. Graduated students have become active in related research areas in ranked top universities and institutes, including Tsinghua, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Institute of Biological Sciences (NIBS), Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University, etc., in the world. Aspirants, from undergraduate students, MS and PhD graduate students to postdocs and visiting scholars, who are interested in our research are welcome to visit, study and/or do research in our lab.





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