Jun Hong

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Jun focuses on utilizing genomics tools to enhance local date palm resources. Currently, he is engaged in studying the genetic diversity of over 100 male date palm accessions through whole-genome sequencing (WGS). His objective is to construct a quantitative genomics map that can serve as a guide for date palm breeding.

Selected Publications

  • Genetic architecture of seed glycerolipids in Asian cultivated rice, J. Hong, L. Rosental, Y. Xu, D.W. Xu, I. Orf, W.S. Wang, Z. Q. Hu, S. Su, S.X. Bai, M. Ashraf, C.Y. Hu, C. Q. Zhang, Z.K. Li, J.L. Xu, Q.Q. Liu, H. Zhang, F.L. Zhang, Z.J. Luo, M.J. Chen, X.F. Chen, N. Betts, A. Fernie, W.Q. Liang, G.Q. Chen, Y. Brotman, D.B Zhang, J.X. Shi, Plant, Cell & Environment, 2023, 46(4): 1278-1294. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pce.14378
  • Combined genome‐wide association study and epistasis analysis reveal multifaceted genetic architectures of plant height in Asian cultivated rice. J. Hong, S. Su, L. Wang, S.X. Bai, W.S. Wang, J.L. Xu, Z.K. Li, W.Q. Liang, J.X. Shi, D.B Zhang. Plant, Cell & Environment, 2023, 46(4): 1295-1311. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pce.14557
  • A receptor-like kinase controls the amplitude of secondary wall systhesis. W.G. Cai, J. Hong, Z.Y. Liu, W.Y. Wang, J. Zhang, G.H. An, W.Q. Liang, S. Persson, D.B. Zhang. Current Biology, 2023, 33(3): 498-506. e6. (co-first author). https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)01972-8
  • Genetic basis underlying tiller angle in rice (Oryza sativa L.) by genome-wide association study. S.X. Bai, J. Hong, S. Su, Z.K. Li, W.S. Wang, J.X. Shi, W.Q. Liang, D.B. Zhang. Plant Cell Reports, 2022, 41(8), 1707–1720. (co-first author) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00299-022-02873-y
  • Gibberellins orchestrate panicle architecture mediated by DELLA-KNOX signalling in rice.  S. Su, J Hong, X.F. Chen, C.Q. Zhang, M.J. Chen, Z.J. Luo, S.W. Chang, S.X. Bai, W.Q. Liang, Q.Q. Liu, D.B. Zhang. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2021, 19(11): 2304-2318. (co-first author). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pbi.13661
  • Moving genome edited crops forward from the laboratory bench to the kitchen table. J. Hong, Q. Shi, S. Biswas, S.C. Jiang, J.X. Shi. Food Control, 2021, 122, 107790. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713520307064
  • Dissection of the genetic basis of rice panicle architecture using a genome-wide association study. S.X. Bai, J. Hong, L. Li, S. Su, Z.K. Li, W.S. Wang, F.L. Zhang, W.Q. Liang, D.B. Zhang. Rice, 2021, 14(1), 77. (co-first author). https://thericejournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12284-021-00520-w
  • HSP70‐16 and VDAC3 jointly inhibit seed germination under cold stress in Arabidopsis. M. Ashraf, Q.L. Mao, J. Hong, L. Shi, X.R. Ran, F. Liaquat, M. Uzair, W.Q. Liang, A. R. Fernie, J.X. Shi. Plant, Cell & Environment, 2021, 44(11), 3616-3627. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pce.14138
  • Earlier degraded tapetum1 (EDT1) encodes an ATP-citrate lyase required for tapetum programmed cell death. W.T. Bai, P.R. Wang, J. Hong, W.Y. Kong, Y.J. Xiao, X.W. Yu, H. Zheng, S.M. You, J.Y. Lu, D.K. Lei, C.L. Wang, Q.M. Wang, S.J. Liu, X. Liu, Y.L. Tian, L.M. Chen, L. Jiang, Z.G. Zhao, C.Y. Wu, J.M. Wan. Plant Physiology, 2019, 181(3), 1223-1238. https://academic.oup.com/plphys/article/181/3/1223/6028148?login=true
  • Plant metabolomics: an indispensable system biology tool for plant science. J. Hong, L.T. Yang, D.B. Zhang, J.X. Shi. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2016, 17(6), 767. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/17/6/767


  • Sep 2015 - Dec 2022 – Ph. D in Biological Science, specialized in Genetic and Developmental Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, P.R. China
  • Sep 2012 - July 2015 – M. Sci in Agronomy, specialized in genetics and breeding, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, P.R. China
  • Sep 2008 - July 2012 – B. Sci in Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, P.R. China

KAUST Affiliations

  • BESE
  • CDA

Research Interests Keywords

bioinformatics genetics, plant breeding plant genomics plant genetics