Dr ZHANG Shoudong

(Office): Room 220A, Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology (HKIB)
People ZSD 
(Office): (852) 3943 1270
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PhD (2007.12) Genetics, the University of Vienna, Austria
M.S. (1999.06) Botany Nanjing Agricultural University


  • Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • June 2014-June 2018, Research assistant professor, HKBU
  • August 2010-June 2014, Postdoc, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • January 2009- July 2010, postdoc, UC-Riverside, USA
  • February 2008-December 2008, postdoc, Purdue University, USA

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms involving in mobile RNA movement
  • Plant epigenetics and abiotic stresses
  • Alternative splicing caused by abiotic stresses
  • Plant adaptive mechanisms to harsh habitats

Representative Publications

  1. ShouDong Zhang*, Huoming Zhang, Yiji Xia*, Liming Xiong*. (2018) The caseinolytic protease complex component CLPC1 in Arabidopsis maintains proteome and RNA homeostasis in chloroplasts. BMC Plant Biology. (in press)
  2. Daogang Guan, Bin Yan, Jingmin Hua, Christoph Thieme, Hailong Zhu, Zhongying Zhao, Friedrich Kragler*, Yiji Xia*, Shoudong Zhang*. (2017) PlaMoM: A comprehensive database compiles plant mobile macromolecules. NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH (NAR) 45(Database issue): D1021–D1028 (corresponding author). (citation:5) (IF:10.162).
  3. Shoudong Zhang, Xiangqiang Zhan, Xiaoming Xu, Peng Cui, Jian-Kang Zhu, Yiji Xia and Liming Xiong (2015)Two domain-disrupted hda6 alleles have opposite epigenetic effects on transgenes and some endogenous targets Scientific Reports 5:17832  (citation: 1) (IF:4.259).
  4. Peng Cui#, Shoudong Zhang#, Feng Ding, ShahjahanAli and Liming Xiong (2014) Dynamic Regulation of Genome-wide Alternative Splicing and Stress Tolerance by the Sm-like Protein SAD1 in Arabidopsis. Genome Biology, 15:R1  (#, co-first author),(citation:35) (IF:11.908).
  5. Shoudong Zhang, Li Sun and Friedrich Kragler (2009) The Phloem-Delivered RNA Pool Contains Small Noncoding RNAs and Interferes with Translation. Plant Physiology 150:378-387 (citation:145) (IF:6.456).

 Research Grants

  • 2017.10-2020.09, RGC GRF (PI). Title: Roles of the plant SIRTUIN deacetylases in plant immunity. GRF:12100717. HKS:1174275.
  • 2017-2018, FRGII (PI). Title: Exploring the relationship between plant SIRTUIN deacetylases and plant immunity. FRG2/16-17/026.HK$ 139,000. 
  • 2016-2017, FRGII (PI). Title: SAD1 roles in miRNA biogenesis under stresses. FRG2/15-16/006. HK$ 150,000.
  • 2015-2016, FRGI(PI). Title: Exploring the mechanism of LSM5(SAD1)-mediated alternative splicing under abiotic and biotic stresses in Arabidopsis. FRG1/14-15/055. HK$ 50,000.