Tingting Xiao

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Tingting Xiao is interested in date palm development, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization, molecular biology, and genetics.

Selected Publications

  • Anchorene is a carotenoid-derived regulatory metabolite required for anchor root formation in Arabidopsis, Jia K-P., Dickinson A.J., Mi J., Cui G., Xiao T.T., Kharbatia Najeh M., Guo X., Sugiono E., Aranda M., Blilou I., Rueping M., Benfey P.N., Al-Babili S., Science Advances, 2019, 5 (11).
  • Lateral root formation involving cell division in both pericycle and endodermis is a common and ancestral trait in seed plants, Xiao T.T., van Velzen R., Kulikova O., Franken C. and Bisseling T., Development, 2019, 146 (20). 
  • A Medicago truncatula SWEET transporter implicated in arbuscule maintenance during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, An J., Zeng T., Ji C., de Graaf S., Zheng Z., Xiao T.T., Deng X., Xiao S., Bisseling T., Limpens E. and Pan Z., New Phytologist, 2019, 10.1111/nph.15975. 
  • Emergent protective organogenesis in date palm: A Morpho-devo-dynamic adaptive strategy during early development, Xiao T.T., Raygoza A. A., Pérez J.C., Kirschner G., Deng Y., Atkinson B., Sturrock C., Lube V., Wang J.Y., Lubineau G., Al Babili S., Alfredo Cruz Ramírez L., Bennett M. and Blilou I., Plant Cell, 2019,  10.1105/tpc.18.00818.
  • Nitrate inhibition of nodule formation in Medicago truncatula is mediated by ACC SYNTHASE 10, van Zeijl A., Guhl K., Xiao T.T., Shen D., Geurts R. and Kohlen W., bioRxiv, 2018, 434829.
  • What does it takes to evolve a nitrogen-fixing endosymbiosis?, Geurts R., Xiao T.T. and Reinhold-Hurek B., Trends in Plant Science, 2016, 21(3), 199-208.
  • The strigolactone biosynthesis gene DWARF27 is co-opted in rhizobium symbiosis, Van Zeijl, A.L.*, Liu, W.*, Xiao, T.T.*, Kohlen, W., Yang, W.C., Bisseling, T., Geurts, R., BMC Plant Biology, 2015, 15 , 15. *Contributed equally
  • Root developmental programs shape the Medicago truncatula nodule meristem, Franssen, H., Xiao, T.T., Kulikova, O., Wan, X., Bisseling, T., Scheres, B., Heidstra, R., Development, 2015, 142, 2941-2950.
  • How Does Alkali Aid Protein Extraction in Green Tea Leaf Residue: A Basis for Integrated Biorefinery of Leaves, Zhang, C., Sanders, J.P.M., Xiao, T.T., Bruins, M.E., PLoS One, 2015, 10 (7).
  • Fate map of Medicago truncatula root nodules, Xiao, T.T., Schilderink, S., Moling, S., Deinum, E.E., Kondorosi, E., Franssen, H., Kulikova, O., Niebel, A., Bisseling, T., Development, 2014, 141,  3517-3528. 


  • PhD, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2015
  • MSc, Plant breeding and genetic resources, Plant Science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2010
  • BSc, Plant breeding and plant cultivation, Horticulture department, Shandong Agricultural University, Taian, China, 2003

Professional Profile

  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral Researcher, KAUST, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands 

Research Interests Keywords

date palm development immunocytochemistry molecular biology genetics