Xu Jian


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
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.)