Full time faculty

Adjunct professor

Chair professor


shanjin huang

Shanjin Huang, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Recipient of The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars



1996~2001Ph.D., College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P.R. China

     Major: Plant Sciences

1992~1996 B.S., Zhejiang Agricultural University, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China

     Major: Agronomy



2014~present, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University.

2006-2016, Principal Investigator, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2001-2006, Post-doc fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University


Research focus

1.Structure and function of the plant cytoskeleton

2.Polarized cell growth


Recent Publications (*corresponding author)

  1. Yang Y, Zhang Y, Li WJiang YZhu ZHu HLi WWu JWang ZDong MHuang SOu G. Spectraplakin Induces Positive Feedback between Fusogens and the Actin Cytoskeleton to Promote Cell-Cell Fusion. Dev Cell, 2017, 10;41(1):107-120
  2. Zhu Z, Chai Y, Jiang Y, Li W, Hu H, Li W, Wu J, Wang Z, Huang S and Ou G. Functional Coordination of WAVE and WASP in C. elegans Neuroblast Migration. Dev Cell, 2016, 24;39(2):224-238
  3. Cao T, Sun L, Jiang Y, Huang S, Wang J and Chen Z. Crystal structure of a nuclear actin ternary complex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 2016, 113(32):8985-90
  4. Zhao S, Jiang Y, Zhao Y, Huang S, Yuan M, Zhao Y and Guo Y. CASEIN KINASE1-LIKE PROTEIN2 Regulates Actin Filament Stability and Stomatal Closure via Phosphorylation of Actin Depolymerizing Factor. Plant Cell, 2016, 28(6):1422-39
  5. Zhang R, Chang M, Zhang M, Wu Y, Qu X and Huang S*. The Structurally Plastic CH2 Domain Is Linked to Distinct Functions of Fimbrins/Plastins. J Biol. Chem., 2016, 9;291(34):17881-96.
  6. Zhang M, Zhang R, Qu X and Huang S*. Arabidopsis FIM5 decorates apical actin filaments and regulates their organization in the pollen tube. J Exp Bot., 2016, 67(11):3407-17
  7. Liu X, Qu X, Jiang Y, Chang M, Zhang R, Wu Y, Fu Y and Huang S*. Profilin regulates apical actin polymerization to control polarized pollen tube growth. Mol Plant, 2015, 8(12):1694-709
  8. Chang M and Huang S*. Arabidopsis ACT11 modifies actin turnover to promote pollen germination and maintain the normal rate of tube growth. Plant J., 2015, 83 (3):515-527
  9. Wu S, Xie Y, Zhang J, Ren Y, Zhang X, Wang J, Guo X, Wu F, Sheng P, Wang J, Wu C, Wang H, Huang S* and Wan J*. VLN2 regulates plant architecture by affecting microfilament dynamics and polar auxin transport in rice. Plant Cell, 2015, 27(10):2829-2845
  10. Tian D, Diao M, Jiang Y, Sun L, Zhang Y, Chen Z, Huang S and Ou G. Anillin regulates neuronal migration and neurite growth by linking RhoG to the actin cytoskeleton. Curr. Biol. 2015, 4; 25(9):1135-45
  11. Zhou Z, Shi H, Chen B, Zhang R, Huang S and Fu Y. Arabidopsis RIC1 severs actin filaments at the apex to regulate pollen tube growth. Plant Cell, 2015, 27(4):1140-61
  12. Qu X, Jiang Y, Chang M, Liu X, Zhang R and Huang S*. Organization and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in the pollen tube. Front. Plant Sci. 2015, 8;5:786
  13. Huang S*, Qu X and Zhang R. Plant villins: versatile actin regulatory proteins. J Integr. Plant Biol. 2015, 57:40-49
  14. Wang Q and Huang S*. Visualization of microtubule organization and dynamics in living Arabidopsis embryonic cells. Mol. Plant, 2014,7(8):1397-401
  15.  Li X, Li J, Wang W, Chen N, Ma T, Xi Y, Zhang X, Lin H, Bai Y, Huang S* and Chen Y*. ARP2/3 complex-mediated actin dynamics is required for hydrogen peroxide-induced stomatal closure in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Environ., 2014, 37(7):1548-60
  16. Zhao Y, Pan Z, Zhang Y, Qu X, Zhang Y, Yang Y, Jiang X, Huang S, Yuan M, Schumaker KS and Guo Y. The actin-related protein2/3 complex regulates mitochondrial-associated calcium signaling during salt stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 2013, 25:4544-59
  17. Zheng Y, Xie Y, Jiang Y, Qu X and Huang S*. Arabidopsis actin depolymerizing factor7 severs actin filaments and regulates actin cable turnover to promote normal pollen tube growth. Plant Cell, 2013, 25:3405-3423
  18. Qu X, Zhang H, Xie Y, Wang J, Chen N and Huang S*. Arabidopsis villins promote actin turnover at pollen tube tips and facilitate the construction of actin collars. Plant Cell, 2013, 25:1803-17
  19. Shi M, Xie Y, Zheng Y, Wang J, Su Y, Yang Q and Huang S*. Oryza sativa actin-interacting protein 1 is required for rice growth via promoting actin turnover. Plant J., 2013, 73:747-760
  20. Zheng Y, Xin H, Lin J, Liu CM and Huang S*. An Arabidopsis class II Formin, AtFH19, nucleates actin assembly, binds to the barbed end of actin filaments and antagonizes the effect of AtFH1 on actin dynamics. J Integr. Plant Biol., 2012, 54: 800-813
  21. Bao C, Wang J, Zhang R, Zhang B, Zhang H, Zhou Y and Huang S*. Arabidopsis VILLIN2 and VILLIN3 act redundantly in sclerenchyma development via bundling of actin filaments. Plant J., 2012, 71: 962–975
  22. Zhao Y, Zhao S, Mao T, Qu X, Cao W, Zhang L, Zhang W, He L, Li S, Ren S, Zhao J, Zhu G, Huang S, Ye K, Yuan M and Guo Y. The plant-specific actin binding protein SCAB1 stabilizes actin filaments and regulates stomatal movement in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 2011, 23: 2314-2330
  23. Yang W, Ren S, Zhang X, Gao M, Ye S, Qi Y, Zheng Y, Wang J, Zeng L, Qun Li, Huang S*, and He Z*. BENT UPPERMOST INTERNODE1 encodes the class II formin FH5 crucial for actin organization and rice development. Plant Cell, 2011, 23:661-80
  24. Wu Y, Yan J, Zhang R, Qu X, Ren S, Chen N and Huang S*. Arabidopsis FIMBRIN5, an actin bundling factor, is required for pollen germination and pollen tube growth. Plant Cell, 2010, 22: 3745-3763
  25. Zhang H, Qu X, Bao C, Khurana P, Wang Q, Xie Y, Zheng Y, Chen N, Blanchoin L, Staiger C.J and Huang S*. Arabidopsis VILLIN5, an actin filament bundling and severing protein, is required for normal pollen tube growth. Plant Cell, 2010, 22: 2749-2767]
  26. Chen N, Qu X, Wu Y and Huang S*. Regulation of actin dynamics in pollen tubes: control of actin polymer level. J Integr. Plant Biol., 2009, 51:740–750
  27. Ye J, Zheng Y, Yan A, Chen N, Wang Z, Huang S* and Yang Z*. Arabidopsis formin3 directs the formation of actin cables and polarized growth in pollen tubes. Plant Cell, 2009, 21:3868–3884
  28. Yuxiang Jiang, Juan Wang, Yurong Xie, Naizhi Chen and Shanjin Huang*. Arabidopsis ADF10 Shapes the Organization of Apical Actin Filaments via Promoting their Turnover and Ordering in Pollen Tubes. J Cell Sci., 2017, 130, 3988-4001
  29. Ming Chang, Zhankun Li and Shanjin Huang*. Monomeric G-actin Is Distributed Uniformly and Is Redistributed via Cytoplasmic Streaming in Pollen Tubes. Plant J., 2017, 92(3):509-519
  30. Xiaolu Qu, Ruihui Zhang, Meng Zhang, Min Diao, Yongbiao Xue and Shanjin Huang*. Organizational Innovation of Apical Actin Filaments Drives Rapid Pollen Tube Growth and Turning. Mol Plant, 2017, 10, 930–947



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