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(# Equal contribution; * Corresponding author; Zhang lab mentees)

Ningning Zhang, Ming Xia, Catherine Bailey, Erin M. Mattoon, Ru Zhang*. Moderate High Temperature is Beneficial or Detrimental Depending on Carbon Availability in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Under review. 

Link to bioRxiv preprint here.

Isha Kalra, Xin Wang, Ru Zhang, Rachael Morgan-Kiss. High salinity activates CEF and attenuates state transitions in both psychrophilic and mesophilic Chlamydomonas species. Submitted to Journal of Experimental Biology. Under review, 2022. Link to the bioRxiv preprint here.


Eric P. Knoshaug, Peipei Sun, Ambarish Nag, Huong Nguyen, Erin M. Mattoon, Ningning Zhang, Jian Liu, Chen Chen, Jianlin Cheng, Ru Zhang, Peter St. John, James Umen. Curation of the Deep Green list of unannotated green lineage proteins to enable structural and functional characterization. Under review, 2022. Link to bioRxiv preprint here.

Erin M. Mattoon, Will McHargue, Catherine Bailey, Ningning Zhang, Chen Chen, James Eckhardt, Chris G. Daum, Matt Zane, Christa Pennacchio, Jeremy Schmutz, Ronan C. O'Malley, Jianlin Cheng, Ru Zhang*. High-throughput Identification of Novel Heat Tolerance Genes via Genome-wide Pooled Mutant Screens in the Model Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell and Environment, 2022Link to the paper here. Paper view link.

Chien Van Ha, Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Kien Huu Nguyen, Cuong Duy Tran, Yasuko Watanabe, Weiqiang Li, Yuriko Osakabe, Mayuko Sato, Kiminori Toyooka, Maho Tanaka, Motoaki Seki, David J. Burritt, Cheyenne Anderson, Ru Zhang, Huong Mai Nguyen, Vy Phuong Le, Hien Thuy Bui, Keiichi, Mochida, Lam-Son Phan Tran. The histidine phosphotransfer AHP4 plays a negative role in Arabidopsis plant response to drought. The Plant Journal, 2022. Link to paper here.

Ningning Zhang#, Erin M. Mattoon#, Will McHargue, Benedikt Venn, David Zimmer, Kresti Pecani, Jooyeon Jeong, Cheyenne M. Anderson, Chen Chen, Jeffrey C. Berry, Ming Xia, Shin-Cheng Tzeng, Eric Becker, Leila Pazouki, Bradley Evans, Fred Cross, Jianlin Cheng, Kirk J. Czymmek, Michael Schroda, Timo Mühlhaus, Ru Zhang*.  Systems-wide analysis revealed shared and unique responses to moderate and acute high temperatures in green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Communications Biology, 2022. Link to paper here.


Ningning Zhang#, Leila Pazouki#, Huong Nguyen#, Sigrid Jacobshagen, Brae Bigge, Ming Xia, Erin M. Mattoon, Anastasiya Klebanovych, Maria Sorkin, Dmitri A. Nusinow, Prachee Avasthi, Kirk J. Czymmek, Ru Zhang* Comparative Phenotyping of Two Commonly Used Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Background Strains: CC-1690 (21gr) and CC-5325 (The CLiP Mutant Library Background). Plants, 2022. Link to paper here.

Cheyenne M. Anderson#, Erin M. Mattoon#, Ningning Zhang, Eric Becker, William McHargue, Jiani Yang, Dhruv Patel, Oliver Dautermann, Scott A. M. McAdam, Tonantzin Tarin, Sunita Pathak, Tom J. Avenson, Jeffrey Berry, Maxwell Braud, Krishna K. Niyogi, Margaret Wilson, Dmitri A. Nusinow, Rodrigo Vargas, Kirk J. Czymmek, Andrea L. Eveland, Ru Zhang* High light and temperature reduce photosynthetic efficiency through different mechanisms in the C4 model Setaria viridis. Communications Biology, 2021. Link to paper here.

Isha Kalra, Xin Wang, Marina Cvetkovska, Jooyeon Jeong, William McHargue, Ru Zhang, Norman Hüner, Joshua S Yuan, Rachael Morgan-Kiss*. Chlamydomonas sp. UWO 241 exhibits high cyclic electron flow and rewired metabolism under high salinity. Plant Physiology, 2020. Link to paper here. 

Xiaobo Li, Weronika Patena, Friedrich Fauser, Robert E Jinkerson, Shai Saroussi, Moritz T Meyer, Nina Ivanova, Jacob M Robertson, Rebecca Yue, Ru Zhang, Josep Vilarrasa-Blasi, Tyler M Wittkopp, Silvia Ramundo, Sean R Blum, Audrey Goh, Matthew Laudon, Tharan Srikumar, Paul A Lefebvre, Arthur R Grossman, Martin C Jonikas*.  A genome-wide algal mutant library reveals a global view of genes required for eukaryotic photosynthesis. Nature Genetics, 2019. Link to paper here. 

Ru Zhang, Eva CM Nowack, Dana C Price, Debashish Bhattacharya, Arthur R Grossman*. Impact of light intensity and quality on chromatophore and nuclear gene expression in Paulinella chromatophora, an amoeba with nascent photosynthetic organelles. The Plant Journal, 2017. Link to paper here. 

Xiaobo Li#, Ru Zhang#, Weronika Patena#, Spencer S Gang, Sean R Blum, Nina Ivanova, Rebecca Yue, Jacob M Robertson, Paul A Lefebvre, Sorel T Fitz-Gibbon, Arthur R Grossman, Martin C Jonikas*. An indexed, mapped mutant library enables reverse genetics studies of biological processes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The Plant Cell, 2016. Link to paper here.

Ru Zhang, Johnna Roose, Mary E Williams*. Light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis. Teaching Tools in Plant Biology. The Plant Cell, 2015. doi/10.1105/tpc.115.tt0515. 

Ru Zhang#, Weronika Patena#, Ute Armbruster, Spencer S Gang, Sean R Blum, Martin C Jonikas*. High-throughput genotyping of green algal mutants reveals random distribution of mutagenic insertion sites and endonucleolytic cleavage of transforming DNA. The Plant Cell, 2014, 26, 1398-1409

Ru Zhang, David M Kramer, Jeffrey A Cruz, Kimberly R Struck, Thomas D Sharkey*. The effects of moderately high temperature on zeaxanthin accumulation and decay. Photosynthesis Research, 2011. Link to paper here. (Undergraduate mentee)

Ru Zhang, Robert R Wise, Kimberly R Struck, Thomas D Sharkey*. Moderate heat stress of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves causes chloroplast swelling and plastoglobule formation. Photosynthesis Research, 2010. Link to paper.(Undergraduate mentee)

Thomas D Sharkey*, Ru Zhang. High temperature effects on electron and proton circuits of photosynthesis. Invited Expert Review: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 2010. Link to paper.

Ru Zhang, Jeffrey A Cruz, David M Kramer, Maria E Magallanes‐lundback, Dean Dellapenna, Thomas D Sharkey*. Moderate heat stress reduces the pH component of the transthylakoid proton motive force in light-adapted, intact tobacco leaves. Plant, Cell and Environment, 2009. Link to paper.

Ru Zhang, Thomas D Sharkey*. Photosynthetic electron transport and proton flux under moderate heat stress. Photosynthesis Research, 2009. Link to paper. 

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