Professor Chao mainly focuses on plant ionomics ( a term referring to the study of the composition of mineral elements in an organism, tissue or cell ) and its role in environmental adaptation. With combination of high throughput ion profiling technology, genetics, genomics and cell biology, we aim to reveal the molecular mechanisms that plants regulate ion homeostasis and the genetic basis that plants adapt to diverse edaphic environments.The research objects are mainly, but not limited to, Arabidopsis thaliana and rice.

Professor Chao has published 51 papers on journals such as Science, Nature Cell Biology, Science Advances, Molecular Plant, Plant Cell, PLoS Biology and Genes & Development. These papers have been cited for more than 6000 times. Dr. Chao’s H-index is 29 so far.

  • Plant Ionomics
  • Environment Adaptation
  • Root Biology
  • Research Fellow, 2011–2013

    University of Aberdeen

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 2007–2011

    Purdue University

  • PhD student, 2001–2007

    Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS.

  • Undergraduate student, 1997–2001

    Anhui University

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(2022). A genome-wide association study identifies a transporter for zinc uploading to maize kernels. EMBO reports.



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