Dr. Hua Jiang

Department 2 (Prof. Köhler): Plant Reproductive Biology and Epigenetics
Epigenetic Mechanisms of Plant Reproduction

Main Focus

My research focuses on understanding the regulation of plant germline development under both normal and stressed conditions. Ultimately, my aim is to enhance reproductive tolerance and harness environmental sensitivity for crop breeding.

Key Questions:

What mechanisms govern the epigenetic basis of plant fertility?
How are ploidy reduction processes controlled during germline development?
What mechanisms support thermotolerant germline development?


Xu LH, Zheng SW, Witzel K, Slijke KVDE, Baekelandt A,  Mylle E, Damme DV, Cheng JP, Jaeger GD, Inze D, Jiang H*. (2024) Chromatin attachment to the nuclear matrix represses hypocotyl elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nat. Commun 15, 1286. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-024-45577-5.

Wang N, Wang Z, Tzourtzou S, Wang X, Bi XL, Leimeister J, Xu LH, Sakamoto T, Matsunaga S, Schaller A, Jiang H, Liu C. (2023). The plant nuclear lamina disassembles to regulate genome folding in stress conditions. Nat. Plants (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-023-01457-2.

Yi J, Kradolfer D, Brownfield L, Gu YT, Köhler C*, Jiang H*. (2023) Meiocyte size is a determining factor for unreduced gamete formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytol. DOI: 10.1111/nph.18473.

Piskorz EW, Xu LH, Ma YR, Jiang H*. (2023) Double-haploid induction induces extensive variation in DNA methylation in Arabidopsis, J Exp Bot. 74, 3: 835–847.

Kuhlmann M, Jiang H, Catoni M, Johannes F. (2023) Editorial: DNA methylation in plants associated with abiotic stress, volume II. Front. Plant Sci. 14, 1203806. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2023.1203806

Xu LH, Cheng JP, Jiang H* (2022) Mutation of histone H3 serine 28 to alanine influences H3K27me3-mediated gene silencing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol, https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiac409.

Cheng JP, Xu LH, Bergér V, Bruckmann A, Yang C, Schubert V, Grasser KD, Schnittger A, Zheng B, Jiang H* (2022) H3K9 demethylases IBM1 and JMJ27 are required for male meiosis in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytol. DOI: 10.1111/nph.18286.

Cheng JP, Zhang GP, Xu LH, Liu C, Jiang H* (2022) Altered H3K27 trimethylation contributes to flowering time variations in polyploid Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes. J Exp Bot. 73(5):1402-1414.

Kuhlmann M, Jiang H, Catoni M, Johannes F. (2021) Editorial: DNA methylation in plants associated with abiotic stress. Front. Plant Sci. 12 (2021) 778004. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.778004.

Xu LH, and Jiang H* (2020) Writing and reading histone H3 lysine 9 methylation in Arabidopsis. Front. Plant Sci. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00452.

Wang YY, Jiang H, and Wang GF (2020) PHERES1 Controls Endosperm Gene Imprinting and Seed Development. Trends Plant Sci, 2020.03.004.

Wang G, Jiang H, Del Toro de León G, Martinez G, Köhler C (2018) Sequestration of a transposon-derived siRNA by a target mimic imprinted gene induces postzygotic reproductive isolation in Arabidopsis. Devl Cell. 46: 1-10.

Jiang H, Moreno-Romero J, Santos-González J, De Jaeger G, Gevaert K, Van De Slijke E, Köhler C (2017) Ectopic application of the repressive histone modification H3K9me2 establishes postzygotic reproductive isolation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genes and Dev., 31: 1272-1284. (Recommendation by F1000)

Moreno-Romero J, Jiang H, Santos-Gonzalez J, Kohler C (2016). Parental epigenetic asymmetry of PRC2-medaited histone modifications in the Arabidopsis endosperm. EMBO J. 31: 1298-1311.

Jiang H, Yi J, Boavida LC, Chen Y, Becker JD, Köhler C, McCormick S (2015) Intercellular communication in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen discovered via AHG3 transcript movement from the vegetative cell to sperm. PNAS. 112: 13378–13383.

Wolff P, Jiang H, Wang G, Santos-Gonzàlez J, Köhler C (2015). Paternally expressed imprinted genes establish postzygotic hybridization barriers in Arabidopsis thaliana. eLife. 10074.

Brownfield L, Yi J, Jiang H, Minina EA, Twell D, Köhler C. (2015). Organelles maintain spindle position in plant meiosis. Nat Commun. 10.1038.

Kradolfer D, Wolff P, Jiang H, Siretskiy A, Köhler C. (2013). An imprinted gene underlies postzygotic reproductive isolation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dev Cell. 26: 525-535.

Jiang H, Köhler C (2012). Evolution, function, and regulation of genomic imprinting in plant seed development. J. Exp Bot. 63: 4712-4722.

Jiang H*, Wang FF*, Wu YT*, Zhou X, Huang XY, et al. (2009). MULTIPOLAR SPINDLE 1 (MPS1), a novel coiled-coil protein of Arabidopsis thaliana, is involved in meiotic spindle organization. The Plant J. 59:1001-1010 (co-first author).

Shen YJ*, Jiang H*, Jin JP*, Qian L, Chen DH, et al. (2004). Development of Genome-Wide DNA Polymorphism Database for Map-Based Cloning of Rice Genes. Plant Physiol. 135: 1198-1205 (co-first author).

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

2018–2024: Group Leader at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research,

                     Junior Professor (non-tenure track) at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg,

2016-2018: Senior Research Assistant, Department of Plant Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden,

2012-2016: Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Plant Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden,

2010-2012: Postdoctoral research fellow, Plant gene expression center (PGEC), Department of Plant and microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley,


PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2006-2009

Master in Genetics

Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China, 2003-2006

Bachelor in Biology

Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China, 1999-2003

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