A Brief Biography of Xiang Li

Dr. Xiang Li is supported by Post-Doctor Innovative Talent Project, advised by Prof. Jianbing Yan, with National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China. His works focus on the development and application of plant single cell sequencing technology. Based on the technology, some interesting problems associated with meiotic recombination and haploid induction in maize have been resolved. He has published multiple researches in Nature Communications and Molecular Plant magazines. During doctor candidate stage, he acquired national award for Ph.D. students.

NAME: Li Xiang


National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China



Educational background:

2011/09 – 2017/06   Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), Wuhan, China

Master and Doctor Degree in Genetics

2007/09 - 2011/06   Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), Wuhan, China

Bachelor Degree in Biological Science

Research preference:

Single Cell Technology, Haploid Induction, Meiotic Recombination.


1.       Li X#, Meng D#, Chen S, Luo H, Zhang Q, Jin W, Yan J. Single nucleus sequencing reveals spermatid chromosome fragmentation as a possible cause of maize haploid induction. Nat. Commun. 2017. DOI : 10.1038/s41467-017-00969-8.

2.       Liu C#, Li X#, Meng D#, Zhong Y, Chen C, Dong X, Xu X, Chen B, Li W, Li L, Tian X, Zhao H, Song W, Luo H, Zhang Q, Lai J, Jin W, Yan J, Chen S. A 4-bp Insertion at ZmPLA1 Encoding a Putative Phospholipase A Generates Haploid Induction in Maize. Mol. Plant. 10, 520-522 (2017).

3.       Li X, Li L, Yan J. Dissecting meiotic recombination based on tetrad analysis by single-microspore sequencing in maize. Nat. Commun. 6, 6648 (2015).

4.       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. 5, 3438 (2014).