Full time faculty

Adjunct professor

Chair professor


Junmin Pan


Junmin Pan, Ph.D.

Professor in Cell Biology



HeBei Normal University, B.A., 1986

Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,M.S., 1989

University of Freiburg, Germany, Ph.D., 1996

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Postdoctora, 1997-1999


Professional experience

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Instructor, 1999-2001

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Research Assistant Prof., 2001-2006

Tsinghua University, Professor, 2006 - present


Research interest:

Cilia and eukaryotic flagella (interchangeable terms) are microtubule-based cellular surface protrusions. They play essential roles in cell motility and signaling to regulate various biological processes including sensory transduction, development, and organ homeostasis. Defects in the structure and/or function of cilia/flagella have been implicated in various human disease and developmental disorders including renal diseases, disease of the respiratory system, male infertility, malformation of skeleton, obesity and etc.


The structural integrity and proper function of cilia/flagella requires coordinated regulation of the assembly and disassembly of cilia. In most of our studies, we are using Chlamydomonas, a uni-cellular green alga, as a model organism to study the mechanisms underlying the ciliary assembly, disassembly and ciliary length control. As cilia and eukaryotic flagella are conserved cellular organelles, our research findings have important implications for human development and human ciliary diseases..


Selected Publications

1. Zhangfeng Hu, Yinwen Liang, Wei He and Junmin Pan*. 2015. Cilia disassembly with two distinct phases of regulation. Cell Reports 10, 1803-1810.

2.  Zhangfeng Hu, Yinwen Liang, Dan Meng, Liang Wang and Junmin Pan*. 2015. Microtubule Depolymerizing Kinesins in the Regulation of Assembly, Disassembly and Length of Cilia and Flagella. International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology. (invited review), 317, 241-265”£

3.  Yinwen Liang, Yunong Pang, Qiong Wu, Zhangfeng Hu, Xue Han, Yisheng Xu, Haiteng Deng and Junmin Pan*. 2014. FLA8/KIF3B phosphorylation regulates kinesin-II interaction with IFT-B to control IFT entry and turnaround. Dev Cell. 30, 585-597.

4.  Junmin Pan and William Snell. 2014. Organelle size: a cilium length signal regulates IFT cargo loading. Curr. Biol. 24, R875-78.

5.  Meng D., Cao M., Oda T., and Junmin Pan* 2014. The conserved ciliary protein Bug22 controls planar beating of Chlamydomonas flagella. J. Cell Sci. 127, 281-287.

6.  Cao M., D. Meng, L. Wang, S. Bei, W.J. Snell*, and Junmin Pan*. 2013. Activation loop phosphorylation of a protein kinase is a molecular marker of organelle size that dynamically reports flagellar length. PNAS, 110, 12337-42.

7.  Liang Y, Junmin Pan*. 2013. Regulation of Flagellar Biogenesis by a Calcium Dependent Protein Kinase in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69902. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069902

8. Wang L., T. Piao, M. Cao, Q. Tao, L. Huang, H. Deng, T. Mao and Junmin Pan*. 2013. Flagellar regeneration requires cytoplasmic microtubule depolymerization and kinesin13. J. Cell Sci. 126, 1531-1540, covered image and featured article

9. Junmin Pan*, T Seeger-Nukpezah, EA Golemis*. 2013. The roles of the cilium in normal and abnormal cell cycles: emphsis on renal cystic pathologies. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 70, 1849-1874.

10. Junmin Pan*, B Naumann-Bausch, L Wang, M Specht, M Scholz, K Trompelt and M Hippler*. 2011. Protein phosphorylation is a key event of flagellar disassembly revealed by analysis of flagellar phosphoproteins during flagellar shortening in Chlamydomonas. Journal of Proteome Research, 10, 3830-3839.

11. Luo M, M Cao, Y Kan, G Li, W Snell and Junmin Pan*. 2011. Protein phosphosphorylation states of an auroa-like kinase marks the length of growing flagella. Current Biology£¬21£¬586-591.

12. Piao tian, , Minna Luo, Liang Wang, Yan Guo£¬De Li, Peng Li, William J. Snell£¬ Junmin Pan*. 2009. A microtubule depolymerizing kinesin functions during both flagellar disassembly and flagellar assembly in Chlamydomonas. PNAS, 106, 4713-4718 (direct submission).

Mailing address:

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Tsinghua University

Haidian district, Beijing 100084

P. R. China

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Email: panjunmin@tsinghua.edu.cn


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