Nationality: Chinese

Present address:

National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement

Huazhong Agricultural University

Wuhan 430070, China


Educational background:

Ø 2007/9-2012/6: Ph.D of Agronomy, Crop genetics and breeding, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Ø 2003/9-2007/6: Bachelor of Agronomy, Plant science and technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China


Professional experience:

2012/8 C Present: Postdoctoral associate, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China


Research interests:

Ø  Genome-wide association studies in multi-parent designed population.

Ø  Shift GWAS from single-locus to multi-loci approaches.

Ø  Efficient prediction of maize heterosis in high-dimension data.



Ø  National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC), PI, (Genome-wide dissection of maize ear traits by multiple-parents population based linkage and association analyses)



2014/10, Oral, the 6th National Conference of Plant and Animal Quantitative Genetics, Fujian, China.

2014/3, Poster, the 56th Maize Genetics Meeting, Beijing, China.

2013/8, Oral, National Conference of Maize Genetic Breeding, Shanxi, China.


Publications: (# First author, * Corresponding author)

1.        Zhang X, Huang C, Wu D, Qiao F, Li W, Duan L, Wang K, Xiao Y, Chen G, Liu Q, Xiong L, Yang W, Yan J (2017) High-throughput phenotyping and QTL mapping reveals the genetic architecture of maize plant growth. Plant Physiol DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.01516

2.        Xiao Y#, Liu H#, Wu L#, Warburton M, Yan J (2016) Genome-wide association studies in maize: praise and stargaze. Mol Plant DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.12.008

3.        Zhang X, Warburton ML, Setter T, Liu H, Xue Y, Yang N, Yan J, Xiao Y* (2016) Genome-wide association studies of drought-related metabolic changes in maize using an enlarged SNP panel. Theor Appl Genet 129:1449-1463

4.        Liu H, Luo X, Niu L, Xiao Y, Chen L, Liu J, Wang X, Jin M, Li W, Zhang Q, Yan J (2016) Distant eQTLs and non-coding sequences play critical roles in regulating gene expression and quantitative trait variation in maize. Mol Plant DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.06.016

5.        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 (2016) MODEM: multi-omics data envelopment and mining in maize. Database DOI: 10.1093/database/baw117

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 (2016) Genome-wide dissection of the maize ear genetic architecture using multiple populations. New Phytol 210:1095-1106

7.        Jin M, Liu H, He C, Fu J, Xiao Y, Wang Y, Xie W, Wang G, Yan J (2016) Maize pan-transcriptome provides novel insights into genome complexity and quantitative trait variation. Sci Rep 6:18936

8.        Wen W, Liu H, Zhou Y, Jin M, Yang N, Li D, Luo J, Xiao Y, Pan Q, Tohge T, Fernie AR, Yan J (2016) Combining quantitative genetics approaches with regulatory network analysis to dissect the complex metabolism of the maize kernel. Plant Physiol DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.01444

9.        Wu Z, Wang B, Chen X, Wu J, King GJ, Xiao Y*, Liu K* (2016) Evaluation of linkage disequilibrium pattern and association study on seed oil content in Brassica napus using ddRAD sequencing. PLoS ONE 11:e0146383

10.    Wen W, Li K, Alseekh S, Omranian N, Zhao L, Zhou Y, Xiao Y, Jin M, Yang N, Liu H, Florian A, Li W, Pan Q, Nikoloski Z, Yan J, Fernie AR (2015) Genetic determinants of the network of primary metabolism and their relationships to plant performance in a maize recombinant inbred line population. Plant Cell 27:1839-1856

11.    Cai D#, Xiao Y#, Yang W, Ye W, Wang B, Younas M, Wu J, Liu K (2014) Association mapping of six yield-related traits in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.). Theor Appl Genet 127:85-96

12.    Xiao Y#, Cai D, Yang W, Ye W, Younas M, Wu J, Liu K (2012) Genetic structure and linkage disequilibrium pattern of a rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) association mapping panel revealed by microsatellites. Theor Appl Genet 125:437-447

13.    Younas M#, Xiao Y#, Cai D, Yang W, Ye W, Wu J, Liu K (2012) Molecular characterization of oilseed rape accessions collected from multi continents for exploitation of potential heterotic group through SSR markers. Mol Biol Rep 39:5105-5113

14.    Zhao H, Huai Z, Xiao Y, Wang X, Yu J, Ding G, Peng J (2014) Natural variation and genetic analysis of the tiller angle gene MsTAC1 in Miscanthus sinensis. Planta 240:161-175

15.    Wang F, Wang X, Chen X, Xiao Y, Li H, Zhang S, Xu J, Fu J, Huang L, Liu C, Wu J, Liu K (2012) Abundance, marker development and genetic mapping of microsatellites from unigenes in Brassica napus. Mol Breeding 33:731-744

16.    Huang L, Jiang H, Ren X, Chen Y, Xiao Y, Zhao X, Tang M, Huang J, Upadhyaya HD, Liao B (2012) Abundant Microsatellite Diversity and Oil Content in Wild Arachis Species. PLoS ONE 7:e50002