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Chunhua Zhang

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Assistant Professor
Lilly Hall Room B-470

Dr. Chunhua Zhang is interested in understanding the mechanisms of plant endomembrane trafficking machinery and its regulation by signaling transduction pathways. She takes advantage of chemical biology tools and combines them with cell biology approaches to study the highly dynamic and tightly regulated trafficking process. Chemical biology tools help her overcome the disadvantages of genetic knockout mutants, which include mutant lethality and genetic redundancy, in studying the dynamic trafficking process.


Dr. Zhang is currently recruiting talented individuals who are interested in plant cell biology, especially in the subject of endomembrane trafficking. Please contact Dr. Chunhua Zhang, at or 765-496-3855 if you would like to know more information about her ongoing projects.

Selected Publications

Yanagisawa, M., Zhang, C., & Szymanski, D. B. (2013). ARP2/3-dependent growth in the plant kingdom: SCARs for life. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 4. doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00166

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., Basu, D., Le, J., Essal, E., Sel, D., . . . Koliantz, G. (2005). DISTORTED3/SCAR2 is a putative arabidopsis WAVE complex subunit that activates the Arp2/3 complex and is required for epidermal morphogenesis. Plant Cell, 17(2), 502-524.

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., Le, J., Brankle, S., & Szymanski, D. B. (2006). Arabidopsis BRICK1/HSPC300 is an essential WAVE-complex subunit that selectively stabilizes the Arp2/3 activator SCAR2. Curr Biol, 16(9), 895-901.

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., Schlueter, J., Huang, S., Fan, Y., Brankle, S., . . . Szymanski, D. B. (2008). Arabidopsis SCARs function interchangeably to meet actin-related protein2/3 activation thresholds during morphogenesis. PLANT CELL, 20(4), 995-1011. doi:10.1105/tpc.107.055350

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., Reagan, S. L., Boyko, V. P., Kotchoni, S. O., & Szymanski, D. B. (2013). The Endoplasmic Reticulum Is a Reservoir for WAVE/SCAR RegulatoryComplex Signaling in the Arabidopsis Leaf. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 162(2), 689-706. doi:10.1104/pp.113.217422

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., & Szymanski, D. B. (2013). ARP2/3 localization in Arabidopsis leaf pavement cells: a diversity ofintracellular pools and cytoskeletal interactions. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 4. doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00238

Zhang, C., Kotchoni, S. O., Samuels, A. L., & Szymanski, D. B. (2010). SPIKE1 Signals Originate from and Assemble Specialized Domains of theEndoplasmic Reticulum. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 20(23), 2144-2149. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.11.016

Zhang, C., He, X., Yang, Y., Xu, C., & Liu, G. (2006). Cloning and Expression Analysis of GhMAP1-LC3 Gene from Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Acta Agronomica Sinica, 32(9), 1402-1405.

Zhang, C., Yang, Y., & Xu, C. (2003). Molecular Mechanisms of Cotton Fiber Quality Formation. Crop Cultivation and Physiology.

Zhang, C., Qin, Z., Yang, Y., Xu, C., & Zhai, Z. (2003). Cloning and Analysis of cDNA Related to the Genes of Secondary Wall Thickening of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Fiber. Acta Agronomica Sinica, 29(6), 860-866.

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