Full time faculty

Adjunct professor

Chair professor


Rongqing Zhang

Rongqing Zhang Ph.D.



1982,    B.M. Suzhou Medicine College

1993,    Ph.D. Nanjing Agricultural University

1995,    Postdoc, State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science

Since 1998, Professor of Tsinghua University

Since 2009, Vice Dean of School of Life Sciences

1996-2004, Senior member of Expert Committee of National High Technology Research and Development Program (863) in Marine Biotechnology

2007-present, Member of the Expert Advisory Committee of National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) in Agriculture

Director of the Institute of Marine Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University

Member of European Society for Marine Biotechnology (ESMB) and Editorial Board of Marine Biotechnology

Main research fields

Marine biochemistry and molecular biology, focusing on detecting new functional genes from marine creatures. Molecular mechanisms of marine biomineralization. Publishing over 70 SCI papers in recent years.

Selected publications

[1]Pan C, Fang D., Xu GR, Liang J, Zhang G., Wang, HZ, Xie LP, Zhang RQ. A novel acidic matrix protein, PfN44, stabilizes the magnesium calcite to inhibit the crystallization of aragonite. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2014, 289(5): 2776-2787.

[2]Su JT, Liang X, Zhou Q, Zhang GY, Wang HZ, Xie LP, Zhang RQ. Structural characterization of amorphous calcium carbonate-binding protein: an insight into the mechanism of amorphous calcium carbonate formation. Biochemical Journal, 2013, 453: 179-186

[3]Liu XJ, Li J, Xiang L, Zhang RQ. The role of matrix proteins in the control of nacreous layer deposition during pearl formation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2012, 279(1730): 1000-1007

[4]Fang D, Pan C, Zhang RQ. Novel Basic Protein, PfN23, Functions as key macromolecule during nacre formation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2012, 287(19): 15776-85

[5]Kong YW, Jing G, Yan ZG, Li CZ, Gong NP, Zhu FJ, Li DX, Zhang YR, Zheng GL, Wang HZ, Xie LP, Zhang RQ. Cloning and Characterization of Prisilkin-39, a novel matrix protein serving a dual role in the prismatic layer formation from the oyster Pinctada fucata. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2009, 284: 10841-10854

[6] Yan ZG, Jing G, Gong NP, Li CZ, Zhou YJ, Xie LP, Zhang RQ. N40, a novel nonacidic matrix protein from pearl oyster nacre facilitates nucleation of aragonite in vitro. Biomacromolecules, 2007, 8:3597-3601

[7] Ma ZJ, Huang J, Sun J, Wang GN, Li CZ, Xie LP, Zhang RQ. A novel extrapallial fluid protein controls the morphology of nacre lamellae in the pearl oyster, Pinctada fucata. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2007, 282(32):23253-23263






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