Professor JIANG Liwen


(Office): Rm 384, Science Centre South Block
(Lab): LG 101 & 103, Run Run Shaw Science Building

People JLW-2


(Office): (852) 3943 6388
(Lab): (852) 3943 6379

Fax (852) 2603 5745
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1996  Ph.D. Simon Fraser University
1992 M.Sc. University of British Columbia
1984 B.Sc. South China Agricultural University


  • Choh-Ming Li Professor of Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, CUHK
  • Director, Centre for Cell and Developmental Biology, CUHK
  • Director, RGC-AoE "Centre for Organelle Biogenesis and Function", CUHK
  • Director, Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Program, CUHK 

Research Interests

  • Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Protein Targeting and Trafficking in Plant Cells
  • Organelle Biogenesis and Function in Plants
  • Plant Biotechnology

Representative Publications

  • Chung KP, Zeng Y and *Jiang L (2016) COPII paralogs in plants - functional redundancy or diversity? Trends in Plant Science (in press) doi:
  • Cui Y, Shen J, Gao C, Zhuang X, Wang J and *Jiang L (2016) Biogenesis of Plant Prevacuolar Multivesicular Bodies. Molecular Plant 9(6):774-86.
  • Zeng Y, Chung KP, Li B, Lai CM, Lam SK, Wang X, Cui Y, Gao C, Luo M, Wong KB, Schekman R, and *Jiang L (2015) Unique COPII component AtSar1a/AtSec23a pair is required for the distinct function of protein ER export in Arabidopsis thaliana. PNAS 112(46):14360-5.
  • Gao C, Zhuang X, Cui Y, Fu X, He Y, Zhao Q, Zeng Y, Shen J, Luo M and *Jiang L (2015) Dual roles of an Arabidopsis ESCRT component FREE1 in regulating vacuolar protein transport and autophagic degradation. PNAS 112(46):1886-91.
  • Woo CH, Gao C, Yu P, Tu L, Meng Z, Banfield DK, Yao X, *Jiang L (2015) Conserved Function of the Lysine-based KXD/E Motif in Golgi Retention for Endomembrane Proteins among Different Organisms. Molecular Biology of the Cell 26(23):4280-93.
  • Lin Y, #Ding Y, Wang J, Shen J, Kung CH, Zhuang X, Yin Z, Xia Y, Lin H, Robinson DG, *Jiang L (2015) Exocyst-Positive Organelles and Autophagosomes Are Distinct Organelles in Plants. Plant Physiology 169(3):1917-32.
  • Zhuang X, Cui Y, Gao C and *Jiang L (2015) Endocytic and autophagic pathways crosstalk in plants.  Current Opinion in Plant Biology 28:39-47.
  • Zhao Q, Gao C, Lee P, Liu L, Li S, Hu T, Shen J, Pan S, Ye H, Chen Y, Cao W, Cui Y, Zeng P, Yu S, Gao Y, Cheng L, Mo B, Liu X, Xiao S, Zhao Y, Zhong S, Chen X and *Jiang L (2015) Fast-suppressor screening for new components in protein trafficking, organelle biogenesis and silencing pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana using DEX-inducible FREE1-RNAi plants. Journal of Genetics and Genomics 42(6):319-330.
  • Wang X, Cai Y, Wang H, Zeng Y, Zhuang X, Li B and *Jiang L (2014) Trans-Golgi network-located AP1 gamma adaptins mediate dileucine motif-directed vacuolar targeting in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26(10): 4102-18.
  • Gao C, Yang R, Luo M, Zhao Q, Cui Y, Zeng Y and *Jiang L (2014) A Unique Plant ESCRT, Component FREE1, Regulates Multivesicular Body Protein Sorting and Plant Growth. Current Biology 24(21): 2556-63.
  • Cui Y, Zhao Q, Gao C, Ding Y, Zeng YL, Ueda T, Nakano A and *Jiang L (2014) Activation of the Rab7 GTPase by the MON1-CCZ1 complex is essential for PVC-to-vacuole trafficking and plant growth in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 13(26): 2080-97.
  • Gao C, Cai Y, Wang Y, Kang BH, Aniento F, Robinson DG and *Jiang L (2014) Retention mechanisms for ER and Golgi membrane proteins. Trends in Plant Science 19(8): 508-515.
  • Ding Y, Wang J, Lai JHC, Chan VHL, Wang X, Cai Y, Tan X, Bao Y, Xia J, Robinson DG and *Jiang L (2014) Exo70E2 is essential for exocyst subunit recruitment and for EXPO formation in both plants and animals. Molecular Biology of the Cell 25(3): 412-426.
  • Zhuang X, Wang H, Lam SK, Gao C, Wang X, Cai Y and*Jiang L (2013) A BAR-Domain Protein SH3P2, Which Binds to Phosphatidylinositol 3-Phosphate and ATG8, Regulates Autophagosome Formation in ArabidopsisThe Plant Cell 

Research Grants

  • 2017-2019, RGC GRF Grant as PI “Molecular mechanisms of FREE1 functions in Arabidopsis thaliana”, HK$1,384,395
  • 2015-2018, RGC CRF Grant as PC “EXPO and Autophagosome in Plants”, HK$8,360,000
  • 2014-2021, Research Grants Council (RGC) Areas of Excellence Scheme (AoE) Grant as PC “Center for organelle biogenesis and function”, HK$47,250,000


  • 2018: Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards 2017 Second Class Prize (Natural Sciences), Ministry of Education of PRC
  • 2015: Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2015-2016, The Croucher Foundation
  • 2014: Choh-Ming Li Professor of Life Sciences, CUHK
  • 2014: Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards 2013 Second Class Prize, Ministry of Education of PRC
  • 2010: Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards 2009 First Class Prize, Ministry of Education of PRC
  • 2013: Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • 2009: The Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2009-2010
  • 2009: Research Excellence Award 2009-10, CUHK
  • 2008: Exemplary Teaching Award 2008, Faculty of Science, CUHK
  • 2006: Research Excellence Award 2006-07, CUHK

Professional Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief: Plant Science
  • Associate Editor: Protoplasma, BMC Plant Biology and Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Editorial Board: Plant Cell; Molecular Plant; Journal of Genetics and Genomics

Awards Received by Graduate Students

  • 1000 Young Talent Program of China, 2015 (Ding Yu, Gao Caiji)
  • CUHK Young Scholars Thesis Award 2013 (Zhuang Xiaohong)
  • CUHK Young Scholars Dissertation Award 2013 (Shen Jinbo)
  • CUHK Young Scholars Dissertation Award 2009 (Miao Yansong)
  • Postgraduate Research Output Award 2013, CUHK (Shen Jinbo)
  • Postgraduate Research Output Award 2009, CUHK (Miao Yansong)
  • Postgraduate Research Output Award 2006, CUHK (Lam Sheung Kwan)
  • Postgraduate Research Output Award 2004, CUHK (Tse Yu Chung)
  • Keystone Symposium Scholarship 2012 (Wang Juan)
  • Keystone Symposium Scholarship 2007 (Miao Yansong)
  • The HFSP (Human Frontier Science Program) Long-Term Fellows 2010 (Lam Sheung Kwan)
  • The HFSP (Human Frontier Science Program) Long-Term Fellows 2009 (Miao Yansong)