Zheng-Hua Ye
Professor
Office: 
Plant Sciences, Rm 3607
Phone Number:  706-542-1832
Fax: 
706-542-1805
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 3604
Phone Number: 
706-542-5622
Education: 

Ph.D Plant Cell and Molecular Genetics, Washington University 1994

Research Projects: 

My research interests center on uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis of secondary cell walls and the transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in plants.

Grant Support: 
  • Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis, NSF, 3/1/11—2/28/14.
  • Regulation of wood formation in poplar, USDA, 1/15/10--1/14/13.
  • Secondary wall formation in fiber cells, DOE, 8/15/09--8/14/12.
  • Transcriptional regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis, NSF, 3/1/08—2/29/12.
Of Note: 
  • Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching award, University of Georgia, 2007
Selected Publications: 
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Molecular dissection of xylan biosynthesis during wood formation in poplar. Molecular Plant (in press).
  • Zhong, R., McCarthy, R.L., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Secondary wall NAC binding element (SNBE), a key cis-acting element required for secondary wall biosynthesis. Plant Signaling Behavior (accepted).
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Global analysis of direct targets of secondary wall NAC master switches in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant 3, 1087-1103
  • Zhong, R. Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Evolutionary conservation of the transcriptional network regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis. Trends Plant Sci. 15, 625-631
  • Demura, T., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) Regulation of plant biomass production. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 13, 299-304
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) The Arabidopsis Family GT43 Glycosyltransferases Form Two Functionally Non-redundant Groups Essential for the Elongation of Glucuronoxylan Backbone. Plant Physiology 153, 526-541
  • Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) The poplar PtrWNDs are transcriptional activators of secondary cell wall biosynthesis. Plant Signaling & Behavior 5, 469-472
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Functional characterization of poplar wood-associated NAC domain transcription factors. Plant Physiol. (DOI:10.1104/pp.109.148270).
  • McCarthy, R.L., Zhong, R., Fowler, S., Lyskowski, D., Piyasena, H., Carleton, K., Spicer, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). The poplar MYB transcription factors, PtrMYB3 and PtrMYB20, are involved in the regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiology 51, 1084-1090
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). The poplar GT8E and GT8F glycosyltransferases are functional orthologs of Arabidopsis PARVUS involved in glucuronoxylan biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1982-1987.
  • McCarthy, R.L., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). MYB83 is a direct target of SND1 and act redundantly with MYB46 in the regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1950-1964.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). The F8H glycosyltransferase is a functional paralog of FRA8 involved in glucuronoxylan biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 812-827.
  • Zhou, J., Lee, C., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). MYB58 and MYB63 are transcriptional activators of the lignin biosynthetic pathway during secondary cell wall formation in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 21, 248-266.
  • Zhong, R. and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). Transcriptional regulation of lignin biosynthesis. Plant Signaling Behavior 4, 1028-1034.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). Downregulation of PoGT47C expression in poplar results in a reduced glucuronoxylan content and an increased wood digestibility by cellulase. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1075-1089.
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., Zhou, J., McCarthy, R.L., and Ye, Z.-H. (2008). A battery of transcription factors involved in the regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 20, 2763-2782.