Plant Genetics and Functional Genomics Professor
1999, BS, Northwest Agricultural University .
2002, MS, Northwest A & F University .
2007, PhD, Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CAS .
2007,4-2013,12, Bioscience & Technology Center, Nagoya University, Japan .
2014,1-present, Principal Investigator, Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, CAS. He has received several awards including the National Outstanding Doctorial Dissertation in 2009.
Progresses made by Dr. X.J. SONG are published in top tier journals, including Nature, Nature Genetics, Genes & Development, and Cell Research.
Our research interest is mainly focused on how agronomical important traits, such as grain weight and yield in rice plants, are elegantly controlled, by using multifarious research strategies including map-based mapping and functional analysis. Up to now, we has cloned and functionally characterized 3 to 4 quantitative trait loci (QTLs)/genes controlling grain weight in rice. Our currently research topics include, but not limited to, first, the molecular mechanism on how altered histone acetylations exert influence on plant growth & development in rice; second, a thorough exploration of positive QTLs for grain weight in rice and their pyramiding effects; third, functional analysis of a novel QTL controlling grain weight in rice.