Associate Professor (Independent Group Leader)

Department of Plant Science


Address: School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

800 Dongchuan Road, Minghang, 200240, Shanghai, China





2020.12- present Associate Professor (tenure-track), School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

2017.01- 2020.12 Research Associate/Research Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, USA

2014.08- 2016.12 Postdoctoral Researcher, Iowa State University, USA

2008.09- 2014.06 Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, Chinese Academy of Science, China

2004.09- 2008.06 B.S., Huazhong Agricultural University, China



Research interests

  1. Autophagy in balancing plant growth and stress tolerance
  2. Fine-tuning UPR signaling for sustaining plant growth and stress tolerance
  3. Chloroplast metabolic pathway manipulation for improving crop nutrition, yield and stress tolerance



Academic appointments

Frontiers in Plant Science (Review Editor)

Tree Physiology (Review Board)

Diversity (Guest Editor)



Selected publications (#co-first, *corresponding)

  1. Bao Y#,*, Magallenes-Lundback M#, Deason N, DellaPenna D* (2020) High throughput profiling of tocochromanols in leaves and seeds of Arabidopsis and Maize. Plant Methods. 16 (1), 1-14
  2. Bao Y*, Bassham DC* (2020) COST1 balances plant growth and stress tolerance via attenuation of autophagy. Autophagy. 16 (6), 1157-1158
  3. Bao Y#,*, Song WM#, Wang PP, Yu X, Li B, Jiang CM, Shiu SH, Zhang HX*, and Bassham DC* (2020) COST1 regulates autophagy to control plant drought tolerance. PNAS. 117 (13), 7482-7493 (Recommended by F1000Prime/Faculty Opinions; highlighted by Plantae)
  4. Bao Y, Bassham DC, Howell SH* (2019) A functional unfolded protein response is required for normal vegetative development in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 179 (4), 1834-1843 (Highlighted by Plantae)
  5. Bao Y, Pu YT, Yu X, Gregory BD, Srivastava R, Howell SH, Bassham DC* (2018) IRE1b degrades RNAs encoding proteins that interfere with the induction of autophagy by ER stress. Autophagy. 14 (9), 1562-1573
  6. Bao Y, Wang CT, Jiang CM, Pan J, Zhang GB, Liu H, Zhang HX* (2014) The tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor (TRAF)-like family protein SEVEN IN ABSENTIA 2 (SINA2) promotes drought tolerance in an ABA-dependent manner in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist. 202: 174-187




  1. Bao Y, Song WM, Zhang HX. (2020) Method by inhibiting the expression of COST1 gene to improve plant drought resistance. PCT Priority to CN201810901473.7A
  2. Bao Y, Song WM, Zhang HX. (2018) Enhance plant drought resistance by inhibiting the expression of a COST1 gene. CN108949821A
  3. Zhang HX, Bao Y, Wang CT. (2013) Plant drought resistance ability improving method. CN104278053A



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