Professor ZHONG Silin


(Office): Rm 286, Science Centre South Block
(Lab): EG12 , Science Centre East Block

People SZ


(Office): (852) 3943 6389
(Lab): (852) 3943 6280

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2008 PhD, University of Nottingham
2003 MSc, University of Nottingham
2002 BSc, Jilin University


  • 2019 Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • 2013 Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

  • Epigenetics and genomics
  • Hormone signaling network
  • Fruit ripening
  • Sequencing technology

Representative Publications

Full publication list

  1. Lv, P., Yu, S., Zhu, N., Chen, Y., Zhou, B., Pan, Y., Tzeng, D., Fabi, J., Argyris, J., Garcia-Mas5, J., Ye, N., Zhang, J., Grierson, D., Xiang, J., Fei, Z., Giovannoni, J., and Zhong S. (2018) Genome encode analyses reveal the basis of convergent evolution of fleshy fruit ripening. Nature Plants. 4:784-791.
  2. Liang, Z., Zhu, N., Mai, K., Liu, Z., Tzeng, D., Osteryoung, K., Zhong, S., Staehelin, A., and Kang, B. (2018) Thylakoid-bound polysomes and a dynamin-related protein, FZL, mediate critical stages of the linear chloroplast biogenesis program in greening Arabidopsis cotyledons. The Plant Cell 30, 1476-1495.
  3. Dong P., Tu X., Chu P.Y., Lv P., Zhu N., Grierson D., Du B., Li P., and Zhong S. (2017). 3D Chromatin Architecture of Large Plant Genomes Determined by Local A/B Compartments. Molecular Plant. 10, 1497-1509.
  4. Du M, Zhao J, Tzeng D, Liu Y, Deng L, Yang T, Zhai Q, Wu F, Huang Z, Zhou M, Wang Q, Chen Q, Zhong S, Li CB and Li C (2017) MYC2 Orchestrates a Hierarchical Transcriptional Cascade That Regulates Jasmonate-Mediated Plant Immunity in Tomato. The Plant Cell. 29:1883-1906.
  5. Giovannoni J, Nguyen C, Ampofo B, Zhong S and Fei Z (2017) The Epigenome and Transcriptional Dynamics of Fruit Ripening. Annual Review of Plant Biology. 68:61-84.
  6. Hu L, Li N, Xu C, Zhong S, Lin X, Yang J, Zhou T, Yuliang A, Wu Y, Chen YR, Cao X, Zemach A, Rustgi S, Wettstein D and Liu B (2014) Mutation of a major CG methylase in rice causes genome-wide hypomethylation, dysregulated genome expression, and seedling lethality. PNAS. 111:10642-7.
  7. Zhong S, Fei Z, Chen YC, Zheng Y, Huang M, Vrebalov J, Gapper N, McQuinn R, Liu B, Xiang J, Shao, Y and Giovannoni J (2013) Single-base resolution methylomes of tomato fruit development reveal epigenome modifications associated with ripening. Nature Biotechnology. 31:154-159.
  8. Watermelon Genome Consortium (2013) The draft genome of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) and resequencing of 20 diverse accessions. Nature Genetics. 45:51-58.
  9. Kiwifruit Genome Consortium (2013) The Draft Genome of Kiwifruit Actinidia chinensis. Nature Communications. 4:2640.
  10. Tomato Genome Consortium (2012) The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature. 485:635-641.

Research Grants

  • 2019: GRF, Chasing the genetic and epigenetic origin of the tomato fruit ripening mechanism. HK$ 935,530
  • 2018: GRF, Pan-epigenome Analysis of Fruit Ripening. HK$ 1,278,357.
  • 2016: GRF, Use the ripening gas ethylene and tomato as a model to investigate the molecular mechanism of tissue-specific hormone signaling. $1,320,363.
  • 2015: ITF-Tier3, Development of a plasma-based plant growth light for agricultural use. $1,390,350.
  • 2015: GRF, Epigenome reprogramming and chromatin accessibility during tomato fruit development. $1,542,740.


  • 2014: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award in the category of Increasing global food security.
  • 2009: Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowship Award.