Xu Jian

Research

PI-portraits-xu-jian2My research interests lie in the understanding of how a multicellular organism can grow and develop from a single cell and how the appropriate cell types are specified in the right place in an organism. I aim to gain a deep insight into the basic principles of cell polarity and pattern formation during plant development, using root systems of two model plants: the eudicot plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) and the monocot crop Oryza sativa (Rice).

Research Projects

  • Environmental and developmental regulation of root architecture in plants
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration in plants
  • Polar auxin transport and pattern formation in plants
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Xu Jian’s lab

Latest Publications

Hong, J.H., Savina, M., Du, J., Devendran, A., Kannivadi Ramakanth, K., Tian, X., Sim, W.S., Mironova, V.V. and Xu, J.* (2017) A sacrifice-for-survival mechanism protects root stem cell niche from chilling stress. Cell170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.002.

Cruz-Ramírez, A., Díaz-Triviño, S., Blilou, I., Grieneisen, V.A., Sozzani, R., Zamioudis, C., Miskolczi, P., Nieuwland, J., Benjamins, R., Dhonukshe, P., Caballero-Pérez, J., Horvath, B., Long, Y.C., Mähonën, A.P., Zhang, H.T., Xu, J., Murray, J.A.H., Benfey, P.N., Bako, L., Marée, A.F.M.*, and Scheres, B.* (2012) A bistable circuit involving SCARECROW-RETINOBLASTOMA integrates cues to inform asymmetric stem cell division. Cell150, 1002-1015.

Grieneisen, V.A., Xu, J., Maree, A.F.M., Hogeweg, P. and Scheres, B.* (2007) Auxin transport is sufficient to generate a maximum and gradient guiding root growth. Nature (Article) 449, 1008-1013.

Wisniewska, J., Xu, J., Seifertova, D., Brewer, P.B., Ruzicka, K., Blilou, I., Benkova, E., Scheres, B. and Friml, J.* (2006) Polar PIN Localization Directs Auxin Flow in Plants. Science  312, 883.

Xu, J., Hofhuis, H., Heidstra, R., Sauer, M., Friml, J. and Scheres, B.* (2006) A molecular framework for plant regeneration. Science 311, 385-388. (Featured in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 7, 154, and Nature Reviews Genetics 7, 157.)