Yan Liang - Posdoctoral Research Associate

Contact information

201 Life Science Center
1201 Rollins Road
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Email: lianyan at missouri.edu
Lab phone: (573) 884 4799




-Ph.D. in Plant Biology: Nodule development inMedicago truncatula, University of Vermont, USA (2007)
-MS in Plant Pathology, Zhejiang University, China (2001)
-BS in Plant Biology, Northeast Agricultural University, China (1998)



Professional Experiences



Research assistant: Cytokinin signaling and programmed cell death in Arabidopsis and rice, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, China (2007-2011)



Current Research Focus


Nod factor and chitin signaling in Arabidopsis and soybean.




1. Liang, Y., Wang, X.C., Hong, S.L., Li, Y.S., and Zuo, J.R. (2012) Deletion of the initial 45 residues of ARR18 causes cytokinin response. J. of Genet. and Genomics, 39:37-46. (Corresponding author)

2. Mu J., Tan H., Hong S., Liang Y., Zuo J. (2012) Arabidopsis transcription factor genes NF-YA1, 5, 6, and 9 play redundant roles in male gametogenesis, embryogenesis, and seed development. Mol. Plant6:188-201

3. Zhang, J., Teng, C., and Liang, Y. (2011) Programmed cell death may act as a surveillance mechanism to safeguard male gametophyte development in Arabidopsis. Protein & Cell 2: 837-44. (Corresponding author)

4. Yendrek, C.R.*, Lee, Y.C.*, Morris, V.*, Liang, Y., Pislariu, C.I., Burkart, G.,, Meckfessel, M.H., Salehin, M., Kessler, H., Wessler, H., Lloyd, M., Lutton, H., Teillet, A., Sherrier, D.J., Journet, E.P., Harris, J.M., and Dickstein, R.?2010?A putative transporter is essential for integrating nutrient and hormone signaling with lateral root growth and nodule development inMedicago truncatulaPlant J. 62:100-12. (* These authors contributed equally)

5. Deng, Y.*, Dong, H.*, Mu, J., Ren, B., Zheng, B., Ji, Z., Yang, W., Liang, Y., Zuo, J. (2010) Arabidopsis histidine kinase CKI1 acts upstream of HISTIDINE PHOSPHOTRANSFER PROTEINS to regulate female gametophyte development and vegetative growth. Plant Cell. 22:1232-1248

6. Chen, R.*, Sun, S.*, Wang, C.*, Li, Y.*, Liang, Y.*, An, F., Li, C., Dong, H., Yang, X., Zhang, J., and Zuo, J. (2009) The Arabidopsis PARAQUAT RESISTANT2 gene encodes an S-nitrosoglutathione reductase that is a key regulator of cell death. Cell Research, 19: 1377-1387. (* These authors contributed equally)

7. Ren, B., Liang, Y., Deng, Y., Chen, Q., Zhang, J., Yang,  X., and Zuo, J. (2009) Genome-wide comparative analysis of type-A Arabidopsis response regulator genes by overexpression studies reveals their diverse roles and regulatory mechanisms in cytokinin signaling. Cell Research, 19: 1178-1190.

8. Ding, Y., Kalo, P., Yendrek, C., Sun, J., Liang, Y., Marsh, J.F., Harris, J.M., and Oldroyd, G.E. (2008) Abscisic acid coordinates nod factor and cytokinin signaling during the regulation of nodulation in Medicago truncatulaPlant Cell. 20:2681-95.

9. Mu, J., Tan, H., Zheng, Q., Fu, F., Liang, Y., Zhang, J., Yang, X., Wang, T., Chong, K., Wang, X., and Zuo, J. (2008) LEAFY COTYLEDON1 is a key regulator of fatty acid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology?148: 1042-1054.

10. Liang, Y., Zuo, J., and Yang, W. (2007) Advances in Arabidopsis research in China from 2006 to 2007. Chinese Science Bulletin, 52: 1729-1733.

11. Liang, Y., Mitchell, D.M. and Harris, J.M. (2007) Abscisic acid rescues the root meristem defects of Medicago truncatula latd mutant. Developmental Biology, 304: 297-307

12. Liang, Y. and Harris, J.M. (2005). Response of root branching to abscisic acid is correlated with nodule formation both in legumes and non-legumes. American Journal of Botany, 92: 1675-1683.

13. Bright, L.J., Liang, Y., Mitchell, D.M. and Harris, J.M. (2005). The LATD gene of Medicago truncatula is required both for nodule and root development. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 18: 521-532.