Full time faculty

Adjunct professor

Chair professor


Yijun QI

Yijun Qi, Ph.D

Professor, Changjiang Scholar, Recipient of the National Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scientists of China




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

2011-present     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:


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

2.       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

3.       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

4.       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

5.       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

6.       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

7.       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

8.       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

9.       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

10.   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

11.   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

12.   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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