Professor ZHUANG Xiaohong


(Office): Rm 181, Science Centre (South), CUHK
(Lab): Rm LG105, Run Run Shaw Science Building, CUHK

People ZXH


(Office): (852) 3943 4066
(Lab): (852) 3943 8963

Fax (852) 2603 7246
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2004-2008    BSc, Sun Yat-sen University
2008-2013 MPhil-PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong     


  • Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK

Research Interests

  • Autophagy and autophagosome formation in plants and green algae
  • Signalling mechanisms of selective autophagy in plant stress resistance
  • Lipid metabolism and membrane dynamics

Representative Publications

  1. Zhuang, X. #*, Chung, K.P. #, Luo Mengqian and Jiang, L*. (2018) Autophagosome Biogenesis and the Endoplasmic Reticulum: A plant perspective. Trends Plant Sci. DOI: (*Corresponding author)
  2. Soto-Burgos J.#, Zhuang X. #, Jiang L and Bassham C.D (2017) Dynamics of autophagosome formation. Plant Physiol 176:219-229 (#Co-first author)
  3. Gao C.#, Zhuang X. #, Shen J# and Jiang L. (2017) Plant ESCRT complexes: moving beyond endosomal sorting. Trends Plant Sci. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2017.08.003. (#Co-first author)
  4. Zhuang, X. , Chung, K.P. and Jiang, L. (2017) Targeting tail-anchored proteins into plant organelles. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114:1762-1764
  5. Zhuang, X. #,, Chung, K.P. #,, Cui, Y. #,, Lin, W., Gao, C., Kang, Y.B., and Jiang, L. (2017) ATG9 Regulates Autophagosome Progression from the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114: E426-E435
  6. Zhuang, X. #*, Chung, K.P. #,, and Jiang, L*. (2016). Origin of the Autophagosomal Membrane in Plants. Front Plant Sci 7, 1655. (*Co-corresponding author)
  7. 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. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112, 1886-1891. (#Co-first author)
  8. Zhuang, X. #,, Cui, Y. #,, Gao, C., and Jiang, L. (2015). Endocytic and autophagic pathways crosstalk in plants. Curr Opin Plant Biol 28, 39-47.
  9. Zhuang, X., and Jiang, L. (2014). Autophagosome biogenesis in plants: roles of SH3P2. Autophagy 10, 704-705.
  10. Zhuang, X. #,, Wang, H. #,, Lam, S.K., 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 Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25, 4596-4615.


  • 2018: Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards 2017 2ed Class Prize (Natural Sciences, 3/7), Ministry of Education,China
  • 2015: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Postdoc fellowship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2013: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Scholars Thesis Awards, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2013: Postgraduate Student Publication Award, Division of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professional Activities

  • Review editor, Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Cell Biology), Plant Science, Bio-protocol and Protoplasma, BioMed Research International
  • Assistant features editor, The Plant Cell