Jianing Mi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interest

I am engaging in the research on metabolic pathway of active metabolites in plants by integrating LC-MS-based metabolomics, transcript analysis, and enzymology. 

Selected Publications

  • A Method for Extraction and LC-MS-Based Identification of Carotenoid-Derived Dialdehydes in Plants. J. Mi, K.-P. Jia, A. Balakrishna, S. Al-Babili. Methods in Molecular Biology (2020).
  • To Color or to Decolor: that Is the Question. J. Mi, S. Al-Babili. Molecular Plant (2019).
  • A Highly Sensitive SPE-Derivatization-UHPLC-MS Approach for Quantitative Profiling of Carotenoid-derived Dialdehydes from Vegetables. J. Mi, K.-P. Jia, A. Balakrishna, Q. Feng, S. Al-Babili. J. Agric. Food Chem. (2019).
  • An LC-MS Profiling Method Reveals a Route for Apocarotene Glycosylation and Shows Its Induction by High Light Stress in Arabidopsis. J. Mi, K.-P. Jia, A. Balakrishna, J. Y. Wang, S. Al-Babili. Analyst. (2019).
  • A Rapid LC-MS Method for Qualitative and Quantitative Profiling of Plant Apocarotenoids. J. Mi, K.-P. Jia, J. Y. Wang, S. Al-Babili. Analytica Chimica Acta. (2018).
  • Anchorene is a carotenoid-derived regulatory metabolite required for anchor root formation in Arabidopsis. K.-P. Jia, A.J. Dickinson, J. Mi, G. Cui, TT. Xiao, N.M. Kharbatia, X. Guo, E. Sugiono, M. Aranda, I. Blilou, M. Rueping, P.N. Benfey, S. Al-Babili. Science Advances. (2019).
  • b-Cyclocitral is a conserved root growth regulator. A. Dickinson, K. Lehner, J. Mi, K.-P. Jia, M. Mijar, J. Dinneny, S. Al-Babili, P.N. Benfey. PNAS. (2019).
  • The Apocarotenoid Metabolite Zaxinone Regulates Growth and Strigolactone Biosynthesis in Rice. J.-Y. Wang, I. Haider, M. Jamil, V. Fiorilli, Y. Saito, J. Mi, L. Baz, B. A. Kountche, K.-P. Jia, X. Guo, A. Balakrishna, V. O. Ntui, B. Reinke, V. Volpe, T. Gojobori, I. Blilou, L. Lanfranco, P. Bonfante, S. Al- Babili. Nature Communication, (2019).
  • CATIONCHLORIDE CO-TRANSPORTER 1 (CCC1) mediates plant resistance against Pseudomonas syringae. B. Han, Y. Jiang, G. Cui, J. Mi, R. Roelfsema, G. Mouille, J. Sechet, S. Al-Babili, M. Aranda, H. Hirt. Plant Physiol. (2019).
  • A chimeric IDD4 repressor constitutively induces immunity in Arabidopsis via the modulation of salicylic- and jasmonic acid homeostasis. R. Völz, S.-K. Kim, J. Mi, K. Mariappan, A. Siodmak, S. Al-Babili, H. Hirth. Plant and Cell Physiology. (2019)
  • INDETERMINATE-DOMAIN 4 (IDD4) Coordinates Immune Responses with Plant-growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. R. Völz , S.-K. Kim, J. Mi, A. A. Rawat, A. Veluchamy, K. G. Mariappan, N. Rayapuram, J.-M. Daviere, P. Achard, I. Blilou, S. Al-Babili, M. Benhamed, H. Hirt. PLoS Pathogens. (2019). 
  • 3-Hydroxycarlactone, a Novel Product of the Strigolactone Biosynthesis Core Pathway. L. Baz, N. Mori, J. Mi, M. Jamil, B.A. Kountche, X. Guo, A. Balakrishna, K.P. Jia, M. Vermathen, K. Akiyama, S. Al-Babili. Molecular Plant. (2018).
  • The Trihelix Transcription Factor GT2-like 1 (GTL1) Promotes Salicylic Acid Metabolism, and Regulates Bacterial-triggered Immunity. R. Völz, S.K. Kim, J. Mi, K.G. Mariappan, X. Guo, J. Bigeard, S. Alejandro, D. Pflieger, N.Rayapuram, S. AlBabili, H. Hirt. PLoS Genetics. (2018).
  • The Arabidopsis DWARF27 Gene Encodes an all-trans-/9-cis-β-carotene isomerase and is induced by auxin, abscisic acid and phosphate deficiency. H. Abuauf, I. Haider, K.P. Jia, A. Ablazov, J. Mi, I. Blilou, S. Al-Babili. Plant Science, (2018).
  • Candidate Enzymes for Saffron Crocin Biosynthesis Are Localized in Multiple Cellular Compartments. O.C. Demurtas, S. Frusciante, P. Ferrante, G. Diretto, N.H. Azad, M. Pietrella, G. Aprea, A.R. Taddei, E. Romano, J. Mi, S. Al-Babili, L. Frigerio, G. Giuliano. Plant Physiology. (2018). 


  • Degree of Doctor of Pharmacology in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China. 2017
  • M. M. S. in Chinese Medicine. East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. 2012
  • B. S. in Chinese Medicine. Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Heilongjiang, China. 2009 

Professional Profile

  • 2017.06-now: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016.11-2017.03: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Salim Al-Babili's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

LC-MS-based metabolomics Plant hormones