Associate Professor / Group Leader

Department of Plant Science


Address: Room 533, Building B, School of Agriculture and Biology



Education and Employment:

2020-present, Associate Professor, School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

2013-2020, Research Fellow, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore

2012-2013, Junior Research Fellow, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore

2008-2013, Ph.D., National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

2004-2008, B.Sc., Yunnan University, P.R. China



Research Interests:

The development of multicellular organisms relies on the coordination and cooperation of individual cells. Division or differentiation of these cells is largely determined by the positional and developmental information, such as intercellular signals from adjacent or distant cells, and protein subcellular localization within cells. The inter- and intracellular communication-based cooperativeness maximizes the fitness for multicellular organisms to external environmental conditions.


The transcriptional regulators, which were supposed to function cell-autonomously, have been progressively reported to act as mobile signals to coordinate proliferation, differentiation, and programmed cell death during plant development. My interests are to investigate how inter- and intracellular trafficking of mobile transcriptional regulators control plant development and to identify trafficking regulators that either promote or inhibit the trafficking of these mobile signals.



Honors & Awards:

2013: Gold Medal of International Society of Plant Molecular Biology, National University of Singapore

2010: Excellent Teaching Assistant Award AY 2009/2010, National University of Singapore




  1. Liu Lu#, Zhang Yu, Yu Hao# (2020) Florigen trafficking integrates photoperiod and temperature signals in Arabidopsis. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 62:1385-1398. (# co-corresponding author)
  2. Li Chunying*, Liu Lu*, Teo Zhi Wei Norman, Shen Lisha, Yu Hao (2020) Nucleoporin 160 regulates flowering through anchoring HOS1 for destabilizing CO in Arabidopsis. Plant Communications 1, 100033. (* these authors contributed equally)
  3. Liu Lu, Li Chunying, Teo Zhi Wei Norman, Zhang Bin, Yu Hao (2019) The MCTP-SNARE complex regulates florigen transport in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 31:2475-2490.
  4. Liu Lu, Li Chunying, Song Shiyong, Teo Zhi Wei Norman, Shen Lisha, Wang Yanwen, Jackson David, Yu Hao (2018) FTIP-dependent STM trafficking regulates shoot meristem development in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports 23: 1879-1890.
  • Featured in Faculty of 1000 Biology
  1. Liu Lu, Li Chunying, Liang Zhe, Yu Hao (2018) Characterization of multiple C2 domain and transmembrane region proteins in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 176: 2119-2132.
  2. Liu Lu, Zhu Yang, Shen Lisha, Yu Hao (2013). Emerging insights into florigen transport. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 16: 607-613.
  3. Liu Lu*, Liu Chang*, Hou Xingliang, Xi Wanyan, Shen Lisha, Tao Zhen, Wang Yue, Yu Hao (2012). FTIP1 is an essential regulator required for florigen transport. PLoS Biology 10: e1001313. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Issue Highlights; Featured in Faculty of 1000 Biology; Embodied in Plant Physiology and Development, Sixth Edition
  1. Song Shiyong, Chen Ying, Liu Lu, See Yen How Benjamin, Mao Chuanzao, Gan Yinbo, Yu Hao (2018) OsFTIP7 determines auxin-mediated anther dehiscence in rice. Nature Plants 4: 495-504.
  2. Wang Yanwen, Liu Lu, Song Shiyong, Li Yan, Shen Lisha, Yu Hao (2017) DOFT and DOFTIP1 affect reproductive development in the orchid Dendrobium Chao Praya Smile. Journal of Experimental Botany 68: 5759-5772.
  3. Song Shiyong, Chen Ying, Liu Lu, Wang Yanwen, Bao Shengjie, Zhou Xuan, Teo Zhi Wei Norman, Mao Chuanzao, Gan Yinbo, Yu Hao (2017) OsFTIP1-mediated regulation of florigen transport in rice is negatively regulated by the ubiquitin-like domain kinase OsUbDKγ4. Plant Cell 29: 491-507.
  4. Zhu Yang, Liu Lu, Shen Lisha, Yu Hao (2016) NaKR1 regulates long-distance movement of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants 2: 16075.
  • Featured in Faculty of 1000 Biology
  1. Shen Lisha, Liang Zhe, Gu Xiaofeng, Chen Ying, Teo Zhi Wei Norman, Hou Xingliang, Cai Weiling Maggie, Dedon Perter C., Liu Lu, Yu Hao (2016) N6-methyladenosine RNA modification regulates shoot stem cell fate in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 38: 186-200.
  2. Hou Xingliang, Zhou Jiannan, Liu Chang, Liu Lu, Shen Lisha, Yu Hao (2014) Nuclear Factor Y-mediated H3K27me3 demethylation of the SOC1 locus orchestrates flowering responses of Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 5: 4601.
  3. Tao Zhen, Shen Lisha, Liu Chang, Liu Lu, Yan Yuanyuan, Yu Hao (2012). Genome-wide identification of SOC1 and SVP targets during the floral transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 70:549-561.
  4. Shen Lisha, Kang Yin Ga Germain, Liu Lu, Yu Hao (2011) The J-domain protein J3 mediates the integration of flowering signals in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 23, 499-514.
  5. Fang Lei, Hou Xingliang, Lee Li Yen Candy, Liu Lu, Yan Xiaojing, Yu Hao (2011). AtPV42a and AtPV42b redundantly regulate reproductive development in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS One 6: e19033.

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