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Xiaoqing  Qu

Xiaoqing Qu


Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Postgraduate Study Abroad Program supported by China Scholarship Council, China Agricultural University and Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, 2012

Current position

She is an Executive Editor at Bio-protocol. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford, CA (2014 - 2016). Her research background is in molecular biology, cell biology, plant physiology and genetics.


  1. Eom, J. S., Chen, L. Q., Sosso, D., Julius, B. T., Lin, I. W., Qu, X. Q., Braun, D. M. and Frommer, W. B. (2015). SWEETs, transporters for intracellular and intercellular sugar translocation. Curr Opin Plant Biol 25: 53-62. 
  2. Chen, L. Q., Lin, I. W., Qu, X. Q., Sosso, D., McFarlane, H. E., Londono, A., Samuels, A. L. and Frommer, W. B. (2015). A cascade of sequentially expressed sucrose transporters in the seed coat and endosperm provides nutrition for the Arabidopsis embryo. Plant Cell 27(3): 607-619.
  3. Lin, I. W., Sosso, D., Chen, L. Q., Gase, K., Kim, S. G., Kessler, D., Klinkenberg, P. M., Gorder, M. K., Hou, B. H., Qu, X. Q., Carter, C. J., Baldwin, I. T. and Frommer, W. B. (2014). Nectar secretion requires sucrose phosphate synthases and the sugar transporter SWEET9. Nature 508(7497): 546-549.
  4. Chen, L. Q.*, Qu, X. Q.*, Hou, B. H., Sosso, D., Osorio, S., Fernie, A. R. and Frommer, W. B. (2012). Sucrose efflux mediated by SWEET proteins as a key step for phloem transport. Science 335(6065): 207-211. (*Co-first author)
  5. Hou, B. H., Takanaga, H., Grossmann, G., Chen, L. Q., Qu, X. Q., Jones, A. M., Lalonde, S., Schweissgut, O., Wiechert, W. and Frommer, W. B. (2011). Optical sensors for monitoring dynamic changes of intracellular metabolite levels in mammalian cells. Nat Protoc 6(11): 1818-1833.
  6. Chen, L. Q., Hou, B. H., Lalonde, S., Takanaga, H., Hartung, M. L., Qu, X. Q., Guo, W. J., Kim, J. G., Underwood, W., Chaudhuri, B., Chermak, D., Antony, G., White, F. F., Somerville, S. C., Mudgett, M. B. and Frommer, W. B. (2010). Sugar transporters for intercellular exchange and nutrition of pathogens. Nature 468(7323): 527-532.