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  • Name:  Yuepeng Han
  • Title:  Professor
  • Education:  Ph D
  • TEL:  027-87700840
  • Email:  yphan@wbgcas.cn
  • Address:  Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences No. 201 Jiufeng 1 Road, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China
  • Research Divisions:  Research Center for Resource Plants and Speciality Agricultural Plants


  • 2008 - present: Professor, Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    2004 - 2008: Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
    2001 - 2004: Ph.D candidate, Crop genetics and breeding, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China
    1998 - 2001: Master candidate, Crop genetics and breeding, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China
    1993 - 2008: Research assistant, Institute of Agricultural Science, Yangzhou, China
    1989 - 1993: Undergraduate, Agronomy, Jingsu Agricultural College, Jiangsu, China

    Professional specialty:

  • Fruit tree genomics, particularly in genetic basis and molecular mechanism of fruit quality.

    Funded projects:

    Academic service:

  • 2012 - present: Editorial board member, PLoS ONE
    2008 - present: Associate Editor, Plant Molecular Biology Reporter
    2010 - present: Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Plant Science


    Aawards and honors:

    Major publications:

    1. Zhao L, Sun J, Cai Y, Yang Q, Zhang Y, Ogutu CO, Liu J, Zhao Y, Wang F, He H, Zheng B*, Han YP* .2022. PpHYH is responsible for light-induced anthocyanin accumulation in fruit peel of Prunuspersica. Tree Physiology , https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpac025
    2. Yang Q, Yang X, Wang L, Zheng B, Cai Y, Ogutu CO, Zhao L, Peng Q, Liao L, Zhao Y, Zhou H*, Han YP* .2022. Two R2R3-MYB genes cooperatively control trichome development and cuticular wax biosynthesis in Prunuspersica.New Phytologistdoi , 10.1111/nph.17965
    3. Liao L#, Zhang W#, Zhang B#, Fang T#, Wang XF, Cai Y, Ogutu C, Gao L, Chen G, Nie X, Xu J, Zhang Q, Ren Y, Yu J, Wang C, Deng CH, Ma B, Zheng B, You CX, Hu DG, Espley R, Lin-Wang K, Yao JL, Allan AC, Khan A, Korban SS, Fei Z, Ming R, Hao YJ*, Li L*, Han YP*.2021. Unraveling a Genetic Roadmap for Improved Taste in the Domesticated Apple. Molecular Plant ,9:1454-1471
    4. Wang L, Jiang X, Zhao L, Wang F, Liu Y, Zhou H, He H, Han YP* .2021. A candidate PpRPH gene of the D locus controlling fruit acidity in peach. Plant Molecular Biology ,105: 321-332
    5. Zhou H,Gao L, Ma R, Zhang A, Zhang J, Zhang X, Zhang W,Ren F, Liao L, Yang Q,Xu S,Ogutu C, Yu M, Zhao J, Jiang Q,Korban SS,Han YP* (2021) A 1.7-Mb chromosomal inversion downstream of a PpOFP1 gene is responsible for flat fruit shape in peach. Plant Biotechnology Journal ,19:192-205
    6. Zheng B, Zhao L, Jiang X, Cherono S, Liu J, Ogutu C, Ntini C, Zhang X, Han YP* .2021. Assessment of organic acid accumulation and its related genes in peach. Food Chemistry ,334: 127567
    7. Peng Q,Cai Y, Lai E, Nakamura M, Liao L,Zheng B,Ogutu C,Cherono S,Han YP* .2020. The sucrose transporter MdSUT4.1 participates in the regulation of fruit sugar accumulation in apple. BMC Plant Biology ,20:191
    8. Peng Q, Wang L, Ogutu C, Liu J, Liu L, Mollah MDA, Han YP* .2020. Functional analysis reveals the regulatory role of PpTST1 encoding tonoplast sugar transporter in sugar accumulation of peach fruit. International Journal of Molecular Sciences , 21: 1112
    9. Zhou H, Lin-Wang K, Wang F,Espley R,Ren F, Zhao J,Ogutu C, He H, Jiang Q, Allan A,Han YP* .2019. Activator-type R2R3-MYB genes induce a repressor-type R2R3-MYB gene to balance anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin accumulation. New Phytologist ,221:1919-1934
    10. Ma B, Liao L, Fang T, Peng Q, Ogutu C, Zhou H, Ma F, Han YP* .2019. A Ma10 gene encoding P-type ATPase is involved in fruit organic acid accumulation in apple. Plant Biotechnology Journal ,17: 674-686
    11. Zhou H, Liao L, Xu S, Ren F, Zhao J, Ogutu C, Wang L, Jiang Q, Han YP* .2018. Two amino acid changes in the R3 repeat cause functional divergence of two clustered MYB10 genes in peach. Plant Molecular Biology ,98: 169–183
    12. Deng X, Zhao L, Fang T, Xiong Y, Ogutu C, Yang D, Vimolmangkang S, Liu Y, Han YP*.2018.Investigation of benzylisoquinoline alkaloidbiosynthetic pathway and itstranscriptional regulation in lotus. Horticulture Research ,5:29
    13. Zhen Q, Fang T, Peng Q, Liao L, Zhao L, Owiti A, Han YP* .2018. Developing gene-tagged molecular markers for evaluation of genetic association of apple SWEET genes with fruit sugar accumulation. Horticulture Research ,5:14
    14. Ma B, Liao L, Peng Q, Fang T,Zhou H, Korban SS, Han YP* .2017. Reduced representation genome sequencing reveals patterns of genetic diversity and selection in apple. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology ,59: 190-204
    15. Fang T, Zhen Q, Liao L, Owiti A, Zhao L, Korban SS, Han YP* .2017. Variation of ascorbic acid concentration in fruits of cultivated and wild apples. Food Chemistry ,225: 132-137
    16. Vimolmangkang S, Zheng H, Peng Q, Jiang Q, Wang H, Fang T, LiaoL, Wang L, He H, Han YP* (2016) Assessment of sugar components and genes involved in the regulation of sucroseaccumulation in peach fruit. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry ,64: 6723-6729
    17. Wang L, Peng Q, Zhao J, Ren F, Zhou H, Wang W, Liao L, Owiti A, Jiang Q, Han YP* .2016. Evolutionary origin of Rosaceae-specific active non-autonomous hAT elements and their contribution to gene regulation and genomic structural variation. Plant Molecular Biology ,91: 179-191
    18. Gu C, Wang L, Wang W, Zhou H, Ma B, Zheng H, Fang T, Ogutu C, Vimolmangkang S, Han YP* .2016. Copy number variation of a gene cluster encoding endopolygalacturonase mediates flesh texture and stone adhesion in peach. Journal of Experimental Botany ,67:1993-2005
    19. Deng X, Zhu L, Fang T, Vimolmangkang S, Yang D, Ogutu C, Liu Y, Han YP* .2016. Analysis of isoquinoline alkaloid composition and wound-induced variation in Nelumbo using HPLC-MS/MS.Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry ,64: 1130–1136
    20. Cheng J, Liao L, Zhou H, Gu C, Wang L, Han YP* .2015. A small indel mutation in an anthocyanin transporter causesvariegated colouration of peach flowers. Journal of Experimental Botany ,66: 7227-7239
    21. MaB, Liao L, Zheng H, Chen J, Wu B,Ogutu C, Li S, Korban SS, Han YP* .2015. Genes encoding aluminum-activated malate transporter II and their association with fruit acidity in apple. Plant Genome, 8: 1-14
    22. Zhou H, Lin-Wang K, Wang H, Gu C, Dare AP, Espley RV, He H, Allan AC, Han YP* .2015. Molecular genetics of blood-fleshed peach reveals activation of anthocyanin biosynthesis by NAC transcription factors. Plant Journal,82: 105–121
    23. Ma B, Chen J,Zheng H, Fang T, Ogutu C, Li S, Han YP*,WuB .2015. Comparative assessment of sugar and malic acid composition incultivated and wild apples. Food Chemistry, 172: 86-91
    24. Zhou Y, Zhou H, Lin-Wang K, Vimolmangkang S, Espley RV, Wang L, Allan AC, Han YP* .2014. Transcriptome analysis and transient transformation suggest an ancient duplicated MYB transcription factor as a candidate gene for leaf red coloration in peach.BMC Plant Biology,14:388
    25. Cheng J, Wei G, Zhou H, Gu C, Vimolmangkang S, Liao L, Han YP* .2014. Unraveling the mechanism underlying the glycosylation and methylation of anthocyanins in peach.Plant Physiology, 166:1044-1058
    26. Wang L, Zhao S, Gu C, Zhou Y, Zhou H, Ma J, Cheng J, Han YP* .2013. Deep RNA-Seq uncovers the peach transcriptome landscape. Plant Molecular Biology, 83: 365-377
    27. Zhang Q, Ma B, Li H, Chang Y, Han Y, Li J, Wei G, Zhao S, Khan MA, Zhou Y, Gu C, Zhang X, Han Z, Korban SS, Li S, Han YP* .2012. Identification, characterization, and utilization of genome-wide simple sequence repeats to identify a QTL for acidity in apple.BMC Genomics, 13: 537
    28. Han YP*, Vimolmangkang S, Soria-Guerra RE, Korban SS .2012. Introduction of apple ANR genes into tobacco inhibits expression of both CHI and DFR genes in flowers, leading to loss of anthocyanin. Journal Experimental Botany, 63: 2437-2447
    29. Han YP, Zheng D, Vimolmangkang S, Khan MA, Beever JE, Korban SS .2011. Integration of physical and genetic maps in apple confirms whole-genome and segmental duplications in the apple genome. Journal Experimental Botany 62: 5117-5130
    30. Han YP, Korban SS .2010. Strategies for Map-Based Cloning in Apple. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 29: 265-284
    31. Han YP, Vimolmangkang S, Soria-Guerra RE, Rosales-Mendoza S, Zheng D, Lygin AV and Korban SS .2010. Ectopic expression of apple F3'H genes contributes to anthocyanin accumulation in the Arabidopsis tt7 mutant grown under nitrogen stress. Plant Physiology, 153: 806-820
    32. Han YP, Chagné D, Gasic K, Rikkerink EHA, Beever JE, Gardiner SE, Korban SS .2009. BAC-end sequence-based SNPs and Bin mapping for rapid integration of physical and genetic maps in apple. Genomics, 93: 282-288
    33. Han YP, Korban SS .2008. An overview of the apple genome through BAC end sequence analysis. Plant Molecular Biology, 67:581-588
    34. Han YP, Gasic K, Korban SS .2007. Multiple-copy cluster-type organization and evolution of genes encoding O-methyltransferases in apple. Genetics, 176:2625-2635
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