Jie Liu


National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement

Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China

Tel: +86 137-2031-4134



Huazhong Agricultural University                                                Wuhan, China

Postdoctoral Fellow                                                            2017-Present



Huazhong Agricultural University

PhD, Genetics                                                                 2011-2017

Dissertation: Genetic architecture of maize kernel size and weight


Huazhong Agricultural University

BS, Bioengineering                                                             2007-2011



National Scholarship for Master's Degree                                                   2012

The Dupont Pioneer Scholarship                                                          2015



Liu J#, Huang J, Guo H, Raihan S, Yan J*. Dissection the genetic basis of maize kernel weight and kernel size and positional clone of a major QTL. 56th Annual Maize Genetics Conference, Beijing, China, March 13-16, 2014 (Poster presentation).

Liu J#, Li Q*, Yan J*. The conserved and unique genetic architecture of kernel size and weight in maize and rice. 60th Annual Maize Genetics Conference, Saint-Malo, France, March 22-25, 2018 (Oral presentation).



GWAS and candidate gene association analysis

QTL mapping and positional cloning

Next-generation sequencing analysis

Bio-sequence and phylogenetic analysis

Data visualization with R language



1.       Yang N#, Liu J#, Gao Q#, Gui S, Chen L, Yang L, Huang J, Deng T, Luo J, He L, Wang Y, Xu P, Peng Y, Shi Z, Lan L, Ma Z, Yang X, Zhang Q, Bai M, Li S, Li W, Liu L, Jackson D, Yan J*. Genome assembly of a tropical maize inbred line provides insights into structural variation and crop improvement. Nat Genet, 2019 (Accepted).

2.       Li K#, Wen W#, Alseekh S, Yang X, Guo H, Li W, Wang L, Pan Q, Zhan W, Liu J, Li Y, Wu X, Brotman Y, Willmitzer L, Li J, Fernie AR, Yan J*. Large-scale metabolite QTL analysis provides new insights for high-quality maize improvement. Plant J, 2019, doi: 10.1111/tpj.14317.

3.       Wang H#, Xu S, Fan Y, Liu N, Zhan W, Liu H, Xiao Y, Li K, Pan Q, Li W, Deng M, Liu J, Jin M, Yang X, Li J, Li Q*, Yan J*. Beyond pathways: genetic dissection of tocopherol content in maize kernels by combining linkage and association analyses. Plant Biotechnol J, 2018, 16: 1464-1475.

4.       Liu N#, Liu J, Li W, Pan Q, Liu J, Yang X, Yan J, Xiao Y*. Intraspecific variation of residual heterozygosity and its utility for quantitative genetic studies in maize. BMC Plant Biol, 2018, 18: 66.

5.       Liu J#, Huang J, Guo H, Lan L, Wang H, Xu Y, Yang X, Li W, Tong H, Xiao Y, Pan Q, Qiao F, Raihan MS, Liu H, Zhang X, Yang N, Wang X, Deng M, Jin M, Zhao L, Luo X, Zhou Y, Li X, Zhan W, Liu N, Wang H, Chen G, Li Q*, Yan J*. The conserved and unique genetic architecture of kernel size and weight in maize and rice. Plant Physiol, 2017, 175: 774-785.

6.       Xiao Y#, Tong H#, Yang X, Xu S, Pan Q, Qiao F, Raihan MS, Luo Y, Liu H, Zhang X, Yang N, Wang X, Deng M, Jin M, Zhao L, Luo X, Zhou Y, Li X, Liu J, Zhan W, Liu N, Wang H, Chen G, Cai Y, Xu G, Wang W, Zheng D, Yan J*. Genome-wide dissection of the maize ear genetic architecture using multiple populations. New Phytol, 2016, 210: 1095-1106.

7.       Raihan MS#, Liu J, Huang J, Guo H, Pan Q, Yan J*. Multi-environment QTL analysis of grain morphology traits and fine mapping of a kernel-width QTL in Zheng58 × SK maize population. Theor Appl Genet, 2016, 129: 1465-1477.

8.       Liu H#, Luo X#, Niu L, Xiao Y, Chen L, Liu J, Wang X, Jin M, Li W, Zhang Q, Yan J*. Distant eQTLs and non-coding sequences play critical roles in regulating gene expression and quantitative trait variation in maize. Mol Plant, 2017, 10: 414-426.

9.       Liu H#, Wang F, Xiao Y, Tian Z, Wen W, Zhang X, Chen X, Liu N, Li W, Liu L, Liu J, Yan J, Liu J*. MODEM: multi-omics data envelopment and mining in maize. Database, 2016.

10.   Liu H#, Wang X#, Warburton ML, Wen W, Jin M, Deng M, Liu J, Tong H, Pan Q, Yang X, Yan J*. Genomic, transcriptomic, and phenomic variation reveals the complex adaptation of modern maize breeding. Mol Plant, 2015, 8: 871-884.

11.   Liu J#, Deng M, Guo H, Raihan S, Luo J, Xu Y, Dong X, Yan J*. Maize orthologs of rice GS5 and their trans-regulator are associated with kernel development. J Integr Plant Biol, 2015, 57: 943-953.

12.   Wen W#, Li D#, Li X, Gao Y, Li W, Li H, Liu J, Liu H, Chen W, Luo J*, Yan J*. Metabolome-based genome-wide association study of maize kernel leads to novel biochemical insights. Nat Commun, 2014, 5: 3438.

13.   Yang N#, Lu Y#, Yang X, Huang J, Zhou Y, Ali F, Wen W, Liu J, Li J, Yan J*. Genome wide association studies using a new nonparametric model reveal the genetic architecture of 17 agronomic traits in an enlarged maize association panel. PLoS Genet, 2014, 10: e1004573.

14.   Li H#, Peng Z#, Yang X#, Wang W#, Fu J#, Wang J#, Han Y, Chai Y, Guo T, Yang N, Liu J, Warburton ML, Cheng Y, Hao X, Zhang P, Zhao J, Liu Y, Wang G*, Li J*, Yan J*. Genome-wide association study dissects the genetic architecture of oil biosynthesis in maize kernels. Nat Genet, 2013, 45: 43-50.