• Title: Professor
  • Department: Institute of Plant Science and Plant Physiology
  • Address: 610 Yifu Biology Building
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2009.10-Present: Professor of Plant Biology, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, China

2001.10-2009.9: Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA

Academic Appointments

1998.09-2001.07: Ph.D., Botany, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University

1995.09-1998.07: M.S., Botany, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University

1991.09-1995.07: B.S., Botany, Department of Biology, Sichuan University

Administrative Appointments

Honors & Awards

Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education, 2012



1. Molecular mechanisms regulating the homeostasis of root apical meristem by receptor kinases CIKs. 2018.01-2021.12, NSFC, No.31770312.

2. Molecular mechanisms of PzIPT1 expression in sperm cells of Arabidopsis. 2015.01-2018.12, NSFC, No.31471402.

3. SERKs-mediated signaling pathway regulates embryo development in Arabidopsis. 2013.10-2016.09, Ministry of Education, No.113058A.

4. Molecular mechanisms regulating anther development by receptor kinases. 2013.01-2015.12, Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET), Ministry of Education, NCET-12-0249.

5. Molecular mechanisms regulating integument development of Arabidopsis. 2013.01-2016.12, NSFC, No.31270229.

6. Molecular mechanisms regulating zygotic embryo development by LRR-RLKs in Arabidopsis. 2011.01-2013.12, NSFC, No.31070283.


 # First author; * Corresponding author.

Chang J, Li X, Fu W, Wang J, Yong Y, Shi H, Ding Z, Kui H, Gou X, He K, Li J. (2019). Asymmetric distribution of cytokinins determines root hydrotropism in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cell Research, 29: 984-993.

Chen W, Lv M, Wang Y, Wang PA, Cui Y, Li M, Wang R, Gou X, Li J. (2019). BES1 is activated by EMS1-TPD1-SERK1/2-mediated signaling to control tapetum development in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications, 10: 4164.

Li H, Cai Z, Wang X, Li M, Cui N, He K, Yi J, Tax FE, Hou S, Li J, Gou X*. (2019). SERK receptor-like kinases control division patterns of vascular precursors and ground tissue stem cells during embryo development in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant, 12: 984-1002.

Wu Z, Chen L, Yu Q, Zhou W, Gou X, Li J, Hou S*. (2019). Multiple transcriptional factors control stomata development in rice. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/nph.15766.

Cui Y, Hu C, Zhu Y, Cheng K, Li X, Wei Z, Xue L, Lin F, Shi H, Yi J, Hou S, He K, Li J, Gou X*. (2018). CIK receptor kinases determine cell fate specification during early anther development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 30: 2383-2401. doi: (Cover story)

Hu C, Zhu Y, Cui Y, Cheng K, Liang W, Wei Z, Zhu M, Yin H, Zeng L, Xiao Y, Lv M, Yi J, Hou S, He K, Li J, Gou X*. (2018). A group of receptor kinases are essential for CLAVATA signaling to maintain stem cell homeostasis. Nature Plants, 4: 205-211. (Cover story)

Russell SD, Jones DS, Anderson S, Wang X, Sundaresan V, Gou X. (2017) Isolation of rice sperm cells for transcriptional profiling. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1669: 211-219.

Cheng X#, Gou X#, Yin H, Mysore KS, Li J, Wen J. (2017). Functional characterisation of brassinosteroid receptor MtBRI1 in Medicago truncatula. Scientific Reports, 7: 9327.

Wei Z, Yuan T, Tarkowská D, Kim J, Nam HG, Novák O, He K, Gou X, and Li J. (2017). Brassinosteroid biosynthesis is modulated via a transcription factor cascade of COG1, PIF4 and PIF5. Plant Physiology, 174: 1260-1273.

Ou Y, Lu X, Zi Q, Xun Q, Zhang J, Wu Y, Shi H, Wei Z, Zhao B, Zhang X, He K, Gou X, Li C and Li J. (2016). RGF1 INSENSITIVE 1 to 5, a group of LRR receptor-like kinases, are essential for the perception of root meristem growth factor 1 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cell Research, 26: 686-698.

Chen L, Guan L, Qian P, Xu F, Wu Z, Wu Y, He K, Gou X, Li J, Hou S. (2016). NRPB3, the third largest subunit of RNA polymerase II, is essential for correct stomatal patterning and terminal differentiation in Arabidopsis. Development, 143: 1600-1611.

Zhang J, Yuan T, Duan X, Wei X, Li J, Russell SD*, Gou X*. (2016). Cis-regulatory elements determine germline specificity and expression level of an isopentenyltransferase gene in sperm cells of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 170: 1524-1534.

Yue J, Qin Q, Meng S, Jin H, Gou X, Li J, Hou S. (2016). TOPP4 regulates the stability of phytochrome interacting factor 5 during photomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 170: 1381-1397.

Du J, Gao Y, Zhan Y, Zhang S, Wu Y, Xiao Y, Zou Bo, He K, Gou X, Li G, Lin H, Li J. (2016). Nucleocytoplasmic trafficking is essential for BAK1 and BKK1-mediated cell-death control. Plant Journal, 85: 520-531.

Wu Y, Xun Q, Guo Y, Zhang J, Cheng K, Shi T, He K, Hou S, Gou X, Li J. (2016) Genome-wide expression pattern analyses of the Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases. Molelular Plant, 9: 289-300.

Shi T, Dimitrov I, Zhang Y, Tax FE, Yi J, Gou X, Li J. (2015). Accelerated rates of protein evolution in barley grain and pistil biased genes might be legacy of domestication. Plant Molecular Biology, 89: 253-261. 

Anderson S, Johnson C, Jones D, Conrad L, Gou X, Russell SD, Sundaresan V. (2013). Transcriptomes of isolated rice gametes characterized by deep sequencing: Evidence for distinct sex-dependent chromatin and epigenetic states before fertilization. Plant Journal, 76: 729-741.

Russell SD, Gou X, Wong CE, Wang XK, Yuan T, Wei XP, Bhalla PL, Singh MB. (2012). Genomic profiling of rice sperm cell transcripts reveals conserved and distinct elements in the flowering plant male germ lineage. New Phytologist, 195: 560-573.

Du J, Yin H, Zhang S, Wei Z, Zhao B, Zhang J, Gou X, Lin H, Li J. (2012). Somatice embryogenesis receptor kinases control root development mainly via brassinosteroid-independent actions in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 54: 388-399.

Gou X, Li J. (2012). Activation tagging. Methods in Molecular Biology, 876: 117-133.

Gou X#, Yin H#, He K#, Du J, Yi J, Xu S, Lin H, Clouse SD, Li J. (2012). Genetic evidence for an indispensable role of somatic embryogenesis receptor kinases in brassinosteroid signaling. PLoS Genetics, 8: e1002452.

Ge L, Gou X, Yuan T, Strout GW, Nakashima J, Blancaflor EB, Tian HQ, Russell SD. (2010). Migration of sperm cells during pollen tube elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana: behavior during transport, maturation and upon dissociation of male germ unit associations. Planta, 233:325-332.

Guo Z, Fujioka S, Blancaflor EB, Miao S, Gou X, Li J. (2010). TCP1 controls brassinosteroid biosynthesis by regulating the expression of the key biosynthetic gene DWARF4 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 22, 1161-1173.

Russell SD, Gou X, Wei X, Yuan T. (2010). Male gamete biology in flowering plants. Biochemical Society Transactions 38, 598-603.

Yang H, Gou X, He K, Xi D, Du J, Lin H, Li J. (2010). BAK1 and BKK1 in Arabidopsis thaliana confer reduced susceptibility to turnip crinkle virus. European Journal of Plant Pathology 127, 149-156.

Gou X, He K, Yang H, Yuan T, Clouse SD, Li J. (2010). Genome-wide cloning and sequence analysis of leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein kinase genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. BMC Genomics 11, 19.

Gou X, Yuan T, Wei X, Russell SD. (2009). Gene expression in the dimorphic sperm cells of Plumbago zeylanica: Transcript profiling, diversity, and relationship to cell type. Plant Journal 60, 33-47.

He K, Gou X, Yuan T, Lin H, Asami T, Yoshida S, Russell SD, Li J. (2007). BAK1 and BKK1 regulate brassinosteroid-dependent growth and brassinosteroid-independent cell-death pathways. Current Biology 17, 1109-1115.

Yuan T, Fujioka S, Takatsuto S, Matsumoto S, Gou X, He K, Russell SD, Li J. (2007). BEN1, a gene encoding a dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR)-like protein, regulates the levels of brassinosteroids in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal 51, 220-233.

Wei X, Gou X, Yuan T, Russell SD. (2006). A highly efficient in vitro plant regeneration system and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Plumbago zeylanica. Plant Cell Rep 25, 513-521.


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