Professor ZHUANG Xiaohong


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

People ZhuangXiaohong 23


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(Lab): (852) 3943 8963

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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 (*Corresponding author, #Co-first author)

  1. Li, H., Wei, J., Liao, Y., Cheng, X., Yang, S., Zhuang, X., Zhang, Z., Shen, W. Gao, C. (2022). MLKs kinases phosphorylate the ESCRT component FREE1 to suppress abscisic acid sensitivity of seedling establishment. Plant Cell Environ. DOI: 10.1111/pce.14336
  2. Li, H., Liao, Y., Zheng, X., Zhuang, X., Gao, C., Zhou, J. (2022). Shedding Light on the Role of Phosphorylation in Plant Autophagy. FEBS Lett. DOI: 1002/1873-3468.14352
  3. Law, K.C., Chung, K.K., and Zhuang, X. *(2022). An update on coat protein complexes for vesicle formation in plant post-Golgi trafficking. Front Plant Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2022.826007
  4. Sun S, Feng L, Chung KP, Lee KM, Cheung HHY, Luo M, Ren K, Law KC, Jiang L, Wong KB, Zhuang X. * (2021) Mechanistic insights into an atypical interaction between ATG8 and SH3P2 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Autophagy DOI: 1080/15548627.2021.1976965
  5. Zhang, X., Man, Y., Zhuang, X., Shen, J., Zhang, Y., Cui, Y., Yu, M., Xing, J., Wang, G., Lian, N., Hu, Z., Ma, L., Shen, W., Yang, S., Xu, H., Bian, J., Jing, Y., Li, X., Li, R., Mao, T., Jiao, Y., Sodmergen, Ren, H., and Lin, J. (2021). Plant multiscale networks: charting plant connectivity by multi-level analysis and imaging techniques. Sci China Life Sci 64, 1392-1422.
  6. Yang C., Luo M , Zhuang X,  Li F and Gao C. (2020). Transcriptional and Epigenetic Regulation of Autophagy in Plants. Trends in Genetics 36: 676-688.
  7. Zhuang, X. *, Chung, K.P. #, Luo Mengqian and Jiang, L*. (2018) Autophagosome Biogenesis and the Endoplasmic Reticulum: A plant perspective. Trends in Plant Science 23:677-692
  8. 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-E43
  9. Soto-Burgos J.#, Zhuang X. #, Jiang L and Bassham C.D (2017) Dynamics of autophagosome formation. Plant Physiology 176:219-229
  10. Gao C.#, Zhuang X. #, Shen J and Jiang L. (2017) Plant ESCRT complexes: moving beyond endosomal sorting. Trends in Plant Science. 22:986-998
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Cai, Y.#, Zhuang X. #, Gao, C. #, Wang, X. #, and Jiang, L. (2014). The Arabidopsis Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport III Regulates Internal Vesicle Formation of the Prevacuolar Compartment and Is Required for Plant Development. Plant Physiology 165, 1328-1343
  14. Li, S., Liu, L., Zhuang X., Yu, Y., Liu, X., Cui, X., Ji, L., Pan, Z., Cao, X., Mo, B., Zhang, F., Raikhel, N., Jiang, L., and Chen, X. (2013). MicroRNAs inhibit the translation of target mRNAs on the endoplasmic reticulum in Arabidopsis. Cell 153, 562-574.
  15. 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.

Research grants

  • 2023-2025   NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau), Molecular Mechanism of Membrane Trafficking in Plant Autophagy, PI
  • 2023-2025   Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), Investigating the roles of autophagy in organelle homeostasis in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas, PI
  • 2021-2024   NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme 2020/21, Molecular Mechanism Study of the Reciprocal Regulation of SnRK1 Kinase and Plant Autophagy, PI
  • 2021-2023   Research Grants Council (RGC) Early Career Scheme (ECS), Molecular mechanism of SH3P2 in plant autophagy and mitochondrial pathway, PI
  • 2018-2021   Research Grants Council (RGC)  Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme, Intersection Points of Autophagy and Ubiquitination, PI
  • 2022-2025   Research Grants Council (RGC) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), The First Integrated State-of-the-Art Live Cell Imaging Platforms to Timely Promote Interdisciplinary and Advanced Life Sciences Research in Hong Kong and Beyond, Co-PI
  • 2021-2024   Research Grants Council (RGC) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), Vacuole Dynamics, Biogenesis and Functions in Plants, Co-PI
  • 2021-2023   Research Grants Council (RGC) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), The First Integrated State-of-the-Art Sample Preparation System for Cryo-Electron Microscopy/Tomography Analysis to Promote Advanced Cellular and Structural Biology Research in Hong Kong, Co-PI
  • 2019-2024   Research Grants Council (RGC) Research Impact Fund (RIF), Plant Bioreactor for Pharmaceutical Proteins, Co-PI
  • 2018-2021   Research Grants Council (RGC) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), Molecular Mechanisms of Autophagy and Autophagosome in Plants, Co-PI


  • 2022   China’s Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau)
  • 2022   Association of Applied Biologists (AAB) Travel Grant 
  • 2019   American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Travel Grant
  • 2017   Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards 2017, Second Class Prize (Natural Sciences, 3/7), Ministry of Education, China
  • 2013   The Chinese University of Hong Kong Yong Scholars Thesis Awards

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