Full time faculty

Adjunct professor

Chair professor


Yijun QI

Yijun Qi, Ph.D.

Professor, Changjiang Scholar





Ph.D, Molecular Biology, Zhejiang University, China

M.Sc, Plant Virology, Zhejiang Agricultural University, China


B.Sc, Plant Pathology, Nanjing Argriculatural University, Nanjing, China

Professional Experience


Professor, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, China


Associate Investigator, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China


Assistant Investigator, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China


Postdoctoral fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA


Postdoctoral researcher, The Ohio State University, USA


Research Area

Functions and mechanisms of small RNAs and long non-coding RNAs in plants, Mechanisms of epigenetics in plants


Selected Publications (* corresponding author):

 Liu, M., Ba, Z., Costa-Nunes, P., Wei, W., Li, L., Kong, F., Li, Y., Chai, J., Pontes, O. and Qi, Y. * (2017) IDN2 interacts with RPA and facilitates DNA double-strand break repair by homologous recombination in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, doi:10.1105/tpc.16.00769.

Cui, Y.#, Fang, X.# and Qi, Y.* (2016) TRANSPORTIN1 Promotes the Association of MicroRNA with ARGONAUTE1 in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 28: 2576-2585

Fang, X. and Qi, Y.* (2016) RNAi in plants: An Argonaute-centered view. The Plant Cell, 28: 272-285 (Review)

Ye, R., Chen, Z., Lian, B., Rowley, M., Xia, N., Chai, J., Li, Y., Wierzbicki A., and Qi, Y. * (2016) A Dicer-independent route for biogenesis of siRNAs that direct DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. Molecular Cell, 61: 222-235

Fang, X., Cui, Y., Li, Y., and Qi, Y.* (2015) Transcription and processing of primary miRNAs are coupled by Elongator complex in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants, doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.75

Wu, J., Yang, Z., Wang, Y., Zheng, L., Ye, R., Ji, Y., Zhao, S., Ji, S., Liu, R., Xu, L., Zheng, H., Zhou, Y., Zhang, X., Cao, X., Xie, L., Wu, Z. *, Qi, Y.*, and Li, Y.* (2015) Viral-Inducible Argonaute18 confers broad-spectrum virus resistance in rice by sequestering a host microRNA. eLife, 10.7554/eLife.05733

Wu, X., Shi, Y., Li, J.,  Xu, L., Fang, Y., Li, X., and Qi, Y.* (2013). A role for the RNA-binding protein MOS2 in microRNA maturation in Arabidopsis. Cell ResearchúČ23: 645-657

Ye, R. #, Wang, W. #, Iki, T., Liu, C., Wu, Y., Ishikawa M., Zhou, X., and Qi, Y.* (2012). Cytoplasmic assembly and selective nuclear import of Arabidopsis ARGONAUTE4/siRNA complexes. Molecular Cell, 46: 859-870

Wei, W. #, Ba, Z. #, Gao, M., Wu, Y., Ma, Y., Amiard, S., White, C., Danielsen, J., Yang, Y., and Qi, Y.* (2012). A role for small RNAs in DNA double-strand break repair. Cell, 149:101-112

Wang, W. #, Ye, R. #, Xin, Y., Feng, X., Li, C., Zhou, X., and Qi, Y.* (2011). An Importin β protein negatively regulates microRNA activity in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 23: 3565-3576

Wu, L. #, Zhou, H. #, Zhang, Q., Ni, F., Liu, C., and Qi, Y.* (2010). DNA methylation mediated by a microRNA pathway. Molecular Cell, 38: 465-475

Wu, L., Zhang, Q., Zhou, H., Ni, F., Wu, X., and Qi, Y.* (2009). Rice microRNA effector complexes and targets. The Plant Cell, 21: 3421-3435

Mi, S. #, Cai, T. #, Hu Y., Chen Y., Hodges E., Ni F., Wu L., Li S., Zhou H., Long C., Chen S., Hannon G., and Qi, Y.* (2008) Sorting of small RNAs into Arabidopsis Argonaute complexes is directed by the 5’ terminal nucleotide. Cell, 133: 116-127

Zhao, T. #, Li, G. #, Mi, S., Li, S., Hannon, G., Wang, X.-J.*, and Qi, Y*. (2007). A complex system of small RNAs in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Genes and Development, 29: 1190-1203



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