Ph.D. 1988, The Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China,
Lab Responsibility: Chemical safety
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY: American Society of Plant Biologists
Field of Interest: Plant embryology, shoot architecture, bioinformatics and systematics.
United States Patent #6,376,751. Approved date: April 23, 2002
Inventors: Sung, Z. Renee; Aubert, Dominique; Chen, Lingjing
Title: Nucleic acids encoding EMF1 that control reproductive development in plants
Z.R. Sung, L.-J. Chen, Y.-H. Moon, and N. Yoshida, 2003, Molecular Mechanism of Shoot Determinancy and Flowering in Arabidopsis, HortScience, Vol. 38, No. 7, 1325-1327.
Yong-Hwan Moon, Lingjing Chen, Rong Long Pan, Hur-Song Chang, Tong Zhu, Daniel M. Maffeo, and Z. Renee Sung, 2003, EMF Genes Maintain Vegetative Development by Repressing the Flower Program in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 15 (3): 681-693.
Z Renee Sung, Lingjing Chen, Yong-Hwan Moon and Kvin
Lertpiriyapong, 2003, Mechanisms of floral repression in Arabidopsis.
Current Opinion in Plant Biology 6 (1): 29-35.
Avsian-Kretchmer O, Cheng JC, Chen L, Moctezuma E, Sung ZR., 2002:
Indole acetic acid distribution coincides with vascular differentiation pattern during Arabidopsis leaf ontogeny. Plant Physiol.130(1):199-209.
Nobumasa Yoshida, Yukihiro Yanai, Lingjing Chen, Yoshihiro Kato, Junzo Hiratsuka, Tatsushi Miwa, Z. Renee Sung, and Shigeru Takahashi, 2001: EMBRYONIC FLOWER2, a Novel Polycomb Group Protein Homolog, Mediates Shoot Development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 13(11): 2471-81.
Dominique Aubert, Lingjing Chen, Yong-Hwan Moon, David Martin,
Linda A. Castle, Chang-Hsien Yang, and Zinmay R. Sung, 2001: EMF1, A Novel Protein Involved in the Control of Shoot Architecture and Flowering in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 13(8): 1865-75.
Bai S, Chen L, Yund MA, Sung ZR., 2000: Mechanisms of plant embryo development. Curr. Top. Dev. Biol.,50: 61-88.
In the lab, I have been working on characterization and cloning of the intriguing EMF genes that are required for Arabidopsis shoot development. Both the American and Chinese National Science Foundations have kindly supported this project. Using chromosome-walking strategy, we successfully identified the EMF1 gene from the Arabidopsis genome, which is composed of around 26,548 genes. Currently, I am working on identification of EMF-interacting proteins and EMF-mediated gene expression during Arabidopsis development.