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Tianzi Chen


Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 2009

Current position

Associate research fellow in plant functional genomics, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing, China.


  1. Chen, T., Kan, J., Yang, Y., Ling, X., Chang, Y. and Zhang, B. (2016). A Ve homologous gene from Gossypium barbadense, Gbvdr3, enhances the defense response against Verticillium dahliae. Plant Physiol Biochem 98: 101-111.

  2. Chen, T., Li, W., Hu, X., Guo, J., Liu, A. and Zhang, B. (2015). A Cotton MYB Transcription Factor, GbMYB5, is Positively Involved in Plant Adaptive Response to Drought Stress. Plant Cell Physiol 56(5): 917-929.

  3. Chen, T., Lv, Y., Zhao, T., Li, N., Yang, Y., Yu, W., He, X., Liu, T. and Zhang, B. (2013). Comparative transcriptome profiling of a resistant vs. susceptible tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) cultivar in response to infection by tomato yellow leaf curl virus. PLoS One 8(11): e80816.

  4. Tianzi, C., Shenjie, W., Jun, Z., Wangzhen, G. and Tianzhen, Z. (2010). Pistil drip following pollination: a simple in planta Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in cotton. Biotechnol Lett 32(4): 547-555.

  5. Tang, J., Lin, J., Yang, Y., Chen, T., Ling, X., Zhang, B. and Chang, Y. (2016). Ectopic expression of a Ve homolog VvVe gene from Vitis vinifera enhances defense response to Verticillium dahliae infection in tobacco. Gene 576(1 Pt 3): 492-498.

  6. Wang, J., Yu, W., Yang, Y., Li, X., Chen, T., Liu, T., Ma, N., Yang, X., Liu, R. and Zhang, B. (2015). Genome-wide analysis of tomato long non-coding RNAs and identification as endogenous target mimic for microRNA in response to TYLCV infection. Sci Rep 5: 16946.

  7. Wang, J., Hu, Z., Zhao, T., Yang, Y., Chen, T., Yang, M., Yu, W. and Zhang, B. (2015). Genome-wide analysis of bHLH transcription factor and involvement in the infection by yellow leaf curl virus in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). BMC Genomics 16: 39.

  8. Liu, T., Guo, S., Lian, Z., Chen, F., Yang, Y., Chen, T., Ling, X., Liu, A., Wang, R. and Zhang, B. (2015). A P4-ATPase gene GbPATP of cotton confers chilling tolerance in plants. Plant Cell Physiol 56(3): 549-557.

  9. Jun, Z., Zhang, Z., Gao, Y., Zhou, L., Fang, L., Chen, X., Ning, Z., Chen, T., Guo, W. and Zhang, T. (2015). Overexpression of GbRLK, a putative receptor-like kinase gene, improved cotton tolerance to Verticillium wilt. Sci Rep 5: 15048.

  10. Zhang, B., Yang, Y., Wang, J., Ling, X., Hu, Z., Liu, T., Chen, T. and Zhang, W. (2015). A CC-NBS-LRR type gene GHNTR1 confers resistance to southern root-knot nematode in Nicotiana benthamiana and Nicotiana tabacum. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 142: 715-729.

  11. Liu, T., Song, T., Zhang, X., Yuan, H., Su, L., Li, W., Xu, J., Liu, S., Chen, L., Chen, T., Zhang, M., Gu, L., Zhang, B. and Dou, D. (2014). Unconventionally secreted effectors of two filamentous pathogens target plant salicylate biosynthesis. Nat Commun 5: 4686.

  12. Yuan, H., Ling, X., Liu, T., Chen, T., Yang, Y., Yao, S. and Zhang, B. (2014). Microscopic observations of strawberry plant colonization by a GFP-labelled strain of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 36(4): 501-508.

  13. Yang, Y., Ling, X., Chen, T., Cai, L., Liu, T., Wang, J., Fan, X., Ren, Y., Yuan, H. and Zhu, W. (2014). A cotton Gbvdr5 gene encoding a leucine-rich-repeat receptor-like protein confers resistance to Verticillium dahliae in transgenic Arabidopsis and upland cotton. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 2014: 1-15.

  14. Zhao, J., Gao, Y., Zhang, Z., Chen, T., Guo, W. and Zhang, T. (2013). A receptor-like kinase gene (GbRLK) from Gossypium barbadense enhances salinity and drought-stress tolerance in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biol 13: 110.

  15. Zhang, B., Yang, Y., Chen, T., Yu, W., Liu, T., Li, H., Fan, X., Ren, Y., Shen, D., Liu, L., Dou, D. and Chang, Y. (2012). Island cotton Gbve1 gene encoding a receptor-like protein confers resistance to both defoliating and non-defoliating isolates of Verticillium dahliae. PLoS One 7(12): e51091.

Protocols by Tianzi Chen
  1. Measurements of Proline and Malondialdehyde Contents and Antioxidant Enzyme Activities in Leaves of Drought Stressed Cotton