Dr. Ming-Jun Gao

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Molecular Biologist

Supervise, coordinate and perform research project on plant biotechnology.

Current research and/or projects

  • Developmental and genetic control of seed development, maturation, seed filling, seed dormancy and seed-to-seedling phase transition.

  • Regulation and manipulation of plant metabolism to improve crop quality and productivity.

Research and/or project statements

  • Control of seed maturation, seed filling, seed dormancy and germination of oilseed crops. Published several papers in journals such as Nature Communications and Plant Cell.
  • Transcription factors as tools for the control of abiotic stress tolerance. Published US patents and several papers in journals such as Plant Journal and Plant Molecular Biology.
  • Metabolic engineering of oilseeds for increased seed size and seed yield.

Professional activities / interests

  • Reviewed research grant applications for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

  • Reviewed research grant applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Associate Editor, Plant Signaling & Behavior.

Education and awards

  1. Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Northeast Normal University, China

  2. M.Sc. in Plant Genetics, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Key publications

  1. Wei, S., Xi, Y.Z., Song, D.P., Wei, H., Gruber, M.Y., Gao, M.J., Parkin, I., Kachatourians, G., Hannoufa, A. (2015). Quantitative and structural analyses of T-DNA tandem repeats in transgenic Arabidopsis SK mutant lines, 123(1), 183-192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11240-015-0825-0

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  2. Gao, M.J., Li, X., Huang, J., Gropp, G.M., Gjetvaj, B., Lindsay, D.L., Wei, S., Coutu, C., Chen, Z., Wan, X.C., Hannoufa, A., Lydiate, D.J., Gruber, M.Y., Chen, Z.J., Hegedus, D.D. (2015). SCARECROW-LIKE15 interacts with HISTONE DEACETYLASE19 and is essential for repressing the seed maturation programme, 6 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8243

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  3. Feng, L., Gao, M.J., Hou, R.Y., Hu, X.Y., Zhang, L., Wan, X.C., Wei, S. (2014). Determination of quality constituents in the young leaves of albino tea cultivars, 155 98-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.01.044

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  4. Song, D.P., Feng, L., Rana, M.M., Gao, M.J., Wei, S. (2014). Effects of catechins on Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of Camellia sinensis, 119(1), 27-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11240-014-0511-7

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  5. Gao, M.-J., Li, X., Huang, A.J., and Hegedus, D.D. (2013). "Ectopic expression of embryo-specific traits in vegetative tissues.", Gordon Research Conference – Plant Metabolic Engineering, Waterville Valley, NH, USA.

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  6. Gao, M.-J., Gropp, G.M., Wei, S., Hegedus, D.D., and Lydiate, D.J. (2012). "Combinatorial networks regulating seed development and seed filling.", in Sato, K.I. (ed.) - Embryogenesis, InTech, Open Access Publisher, Chapter 9, pp. 189-228.

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  7. Gao, M.-J., Li, X., Huang, J., Gjetvaj, B., Gropp, G.M., and Hegedus, D.D. (2012). "Negative regulation of the transition of seed maturation program to vegetative growth by SCL15.", 23rd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR), Vienna, Austria, July 3-7 2012, P429. (Poster)

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  8. Wei, S., Gruber, M.Y., Yu, B., Gao, M.J., Khachatourians, G.G., Hegedus, D.D., Parkin, I.A.P., Hannoufa, A. (2012). Arabidopsis mutant sk156 reveals complex regulation of SPL15 in a miR156-controlled gene network, 12 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2229-12-169

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  9. Gao, M.J., Li, X., Lui, H., Gropp, G.M., Lydiate, D.D., Wei, S., Hegedus, D.D. (2011). ASIL1 is required for proper timing of seed filling in Arabidopsis, 6(12), 1886-1888. http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/psb.6.12.18709

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  10. Li, X., Gruber, M.Y., Hegedus, D.D., Lydiate, D.J., Gao, M.J. (2011). Effects of a Coumarin Derivative, 4-Methylumbelliferone, on Seed Germination and Seedling Establishment in Arabidopsis, 37(8), 880-890. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10886-011-9987-3

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  11. Li, X., Qin, J.C., Wang, Q.Y., Wu, X., Lang, C.Y., Pan, H.Y., Gruber, M.Y., Gao, M.J. (2011). Metabolic engineering of isoflavone genistein in Brassica napus with soybean isoflavone synthase, 30(8), 1435-1442. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00299-011-1052-8

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  12. Li, X., Gao, M.J. (2011). Modulation of root branching by a coumarin derivative, 6(11), 1654-1655. http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/psb.6.11.17768

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  13. Qin, J.C., Zhu, L., Gao, M.J., Wu, X., Pan, H.Y., Zhang, Y.S., Li, X. (2011). Cloning and functional characterization of a chalcone isomerase from trigonella foenum-graecum L, 77(7), 765-770. http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0030-1250566

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  14. Gao, M.-J. and Hegedus, D.D. (2010). "Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Seed Development.", in Thangadurai, D., Othman, R.Y. and Biradar, D.P. (eds.) - Molecular Agrobiology, Bentham Science Publishers, pp. 1-91.

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  15. Gao, M.-J., Li, X., Lindsay, D., Lydiate, D.J., and Hegedus, D.D. (2010). "Expression of embryonic traits in vegetative tissues.", Cold Spring Harbor Series, Suzhou, China.

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  16. Li, X., Gao, M.J., Pan, H.Y., Cui, D.J., Gruber, M.Y. (2010). Purple canola: Arabidopsis PAP1 increases antioxidants and phenolics in brassica napus leaves, 58(3), 1639-1645. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf903527y

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  17. Gao, M.-J., Li, X., Gruber, M.Y., Hegedus, D.D., and Lydiate, D.J. (2009). "Negative regulation of anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthetic pathway by a scarecrow-like protein in Arabidopsis thaliana.", American Society Plant Pathology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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  18. Gao, M.J., Lydiate, D.J., Li, X., Lui, H., Gjetvaj, B., Hegedus, D.D., Rozwadowski, K. (2009). Repression of seed maturation genes by a trihelix transcriptional repressor in Arabidopsis seedlings, 21(1), 54-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.108.061309

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  19. Gao, M.-J., Rozwadowski, K., Hegedus, D.D., and Lydiate, D.J. (2008). "Repression of seed maturation genes in Arabidopsis.", 7th Canadian Workshop of the International Association of Plant Biotechnology, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, May 5-8, 2008. (Abstract)

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  20. Gao, M.-J., Rozwadowski, K., Hegedus, D.D., and Lydiate, D.J. (2008). "SIL1 is a SANT domain-containing trihelix transcriptional repressor of seed maturation genes in Arabidopsis.", 19th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR), Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 23-27, 2008, pp. 71. (Abstract)

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