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Jian-Kang Zhu

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology
WSLR Room 138-B
625 Agriculture Mall Dr
West Lafayette, In 47907


  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Interdepartmental Professor

Awards & Honors

(2014) Nothing to report. Nothing to report.


Zhu, J. K. (2014). Nothing to report. U.S. Patent No. Nothing to report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Zhu, J. K., Zhao, Y., & Chan, Z. (2013). Drought Tolerant Transgenic Plants and Method of Making Same. U.S. Patent No. Application Number: 61/856,198. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Jin, H., & Zhu, J. K. (2010). A viral supprossor protein inhibits host RNA silencing by hooking up with Argonautes. Genes Dev, 24, 853-856.

Zhu, J. K., & Jin, H. (2010). How many ways are there to generate small RNAs?. Mol Cell, 38, 775-777.

Melcher, K., Xu, Y., Ng, L. M., Zhou, X. E., Soon, F. F., Chinnusamy, V., . . . Xu, H. E. (2010). Identification and mechanism of ABA receptor antagonism. Nat Struct Mol Biol, 17, 1102-1108.

Gao, Z., Liu, H. L., Daxinger, L., Pontes, O., He, X., Qian, W., . . . Zhu, J. K. (2010). An RNA polymerase II- and AGO4-associated protein acts in RNA-directed DNA methylation. Nature, 465, 106-109.

Fedoroff, N. V., Battisti, D. S., Beachy, R. N., Cooper, P. J., Fischhoff, D. A., Hodges, C. N., . . . Zhu, J. K. (2010). Radically rethinking agriculture for the 21st century. Science, 327, 833-834.

Zhu, J. K. (2009). DNA Demethylation Mediated by DNA Glycosylases. Annu Rev Genet, 43, 143-166.

He, X. J., Hsu, Y. F., Zhu, S., Wierzbicki, A. T., Pontes, O., Pikaard, C. S., . . . Zhu, J. K. (2009). An effector of RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis is an ARGONAUTE 4-and RNA-binding protein. Cell, 137, 498-508.

He, X. J., Hsu, Y. F., Zhu, S., Liu, H. L., Pontes, O., Zhu, J., . . . Zhu, J. K. (2009). A conserved transcriptional regulator is required for RNA-directed DNA methylation and plant development. Genes Dev, 23, 2717-2722.

Fujii, H., Chinnusamy, V., Rodrigues, A., Rubio, S., Antoni, R., Park, S. Y., . . . Zhu, J. K. (2009). In vitro reconstitution of an abscisic acid signalling pathway. Nature, 462, 660-664.

Melcher, K., Ng, L. M., Zhou, X. E., Soon, F. F., Xu, Y., Suino-Powell, K. M., . . . Xu, H. E. (2009). A gate-latch-lock mechanism for hormone signalling by abscisic acid receptors. Nature, 462, 602-608.