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Ying Li

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Assistant Professor of Horticulture
625 Agriculture Mall Dr
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Our lab is interested in understanding how crops regulate primary and secondary metabolisms at transcriptional and epigenetic levels respond to environmental stimuli and developmental cues. We harness the power of omics to develop a comprehensive understanding of plant responses at both transcriptional and epigenetic levels. Our ultimate goal is to identify key molecular players including epigenetic regulators to engineer better crops that are more resilient to adverse conditions.

If you are interested in joining the lab, pleas contact li2627@purdue.edu.

Area of expertise: Functional genomics; Epigenomics; Histone modification; Environmental responses; Systems Biology; Plant Genetics

Lab Website: https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/lilab/

Ph.D.    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    2011
M.S.    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    2007
B.A.    Tsinghua University                2005

Selected Publications

Li, Y., Brooks, M., Yeoh-Wang, J., McCoy, R. M., Rock, T. M., Pasquino, A., . . . Coruzzi, G. M. (2020). SDG8-Mediated Histone Methylation and RNA Processing Function in the Response to Nitrate Signaling. Plant physiology, 182(1), 215-227. doi:10.1104/pp.19.00682

Patick, R., & Li, Y. (2018). Experimental and Bioinformatics Advances in Crop Genomics. Plant Breeding Reviews, 42.

Li, Y., Mukherjee, I., Thum, K. E., Tanurdzic, M., Katari, M. S., Obertello, M., . . . Coruzzi, G. M. (2015). The histone methyltransferase SDG8 mediates the epigenetic modification of light and carbon responsive genes in plants. Genome Biology, 16(79).

Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010 USA, (765) 494-1300

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