Dr. Yuhai Cui

Research Scientist

Research Scientist & Adjunct Professor (Western University), Genomics and Biotechnology

Current research and/or projects

soybean seed proteins;

soybean pathogens;

plant nitrogen use efficiency;


seed development

Education and awards

PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Guelph

MSc and PhD, Microbiology, Chinese Academy of sciences

BSc, Microbiology, Shandong University, China

Key publications

  1. Cui Y (2020) Towards improving soybean storage protein content. Ontario Soybean and Canola Crop Committee Research Meeting. London, January 22.

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  2. Li, C., Nguyen, V., Liu, J., Fu, W., Chen, C., Yu, K., Cui, Y. (2019). Mutagenesis of seed storage protein genes in Soybean using CRISPR/Cas9. BMC Research Notes, [online] 12(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4207-2

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  3. Hung, F.Y., Chen, F.F., Li, C., Chen, C., Chen, J.H., Cui, Y., Wu, K. (2019). The LDL1/2-HDA6 histone modification complex interacts with TOC1 and regulates the core circadian clock components in Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 10 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00233

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  4. Shu, J., Chen, C., Thapa, R.K., Bian, S., Nguyen, V., Yu, K., Yuan, Z.C., Liu, J., Kohalmi, S.E., Li, C., Cui, Y. (2019). Genome-wide occupancy of histone H3K27 methyltransferases CURLY LEAF and SWINGER in Arabidopsis seedlings. Plant Direct, [online] 3(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pld3.100

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  5. Saatian, B., Austin, R.S., Tian, G., Chen, C., Nguyen, V., Kohalmi, S.E., Geelen, D., Cui, Y. (2018). Analysis of a novel mutant allele of GSL8 reveals its key roles in cytokinesis and symplastic trafficking in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biology, [online] 18(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12870-018-1515-y

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  6. Li, C., Chen, C., Chen, H., Wang, S., Chen, X., Cui, Y. (2018). Verification of DNA motifs in Arabidopsis using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis. Plant Biotechnology Journal, [online] 16(8), 1446-1451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.12886

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  7. Boehm, J.D., Nguyen, V., Tashiro, R.M., Anderson, D., Shi, C., Wu, X., Woodrow, L., Yu, K., Cui, Y., Li, Z. (2018). Genetic mapping and validation of the loci controlling 7S α′ and 11S A-type storage protein subunits in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 131(3), 659-671. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-017-3027-9

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  8. Verification of DNA motifs in Arabidopsis using CRISPR/Cas9‐mediated mutagenesis

    Chenlong LI, Chen Chen, Huhui Chen, Suikang Wang, Xuemei Chen, Yuhai Cui

    First published: 13 January 2018|


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  9. Hannam, C., Gidda, S.K., Humbert, S., Peng, M., Cui, Y., Dyer, J.M., Rothstein, S.J., Mullen, R.T. (2018). Distinct domains within the NITROGEN LIMITATION ADAPTATION protein mediate its subcellular localization and function in the nitrate-dependent phosphate homeostasis pathway. Botany, [online] 96(2), 79-96. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2017-0149

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  10. Hou, Y., Zhai, L., Li, X., Xue, Y., Wang, J., Yang, P., Cao, C., Li, H., Cui, Y., Bian, S. (2017). Comparative analysis of fruit ripening-related miRNAs and their targets in blueberry using small RNA and degradome sequencing. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, [online] 18(12), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms18122767

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  11. Chen, C., Li, C., Wang, Y., Renaud, J., Tian, G., Kambhampati, S., Saatian, B., Nguyen, V., Hannoufa, A., Marsolais, F., Yuan, Z.C., Yu, K., Austin, R.S., Liu, J., Kohalmi, S.E., Wu, K., Huang, S., Cui, Y. (2017). Cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone acetylation predominantly at H3K27 in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants, [online] 3(10), 814-824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0023-7

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  12. Li, X., Xie, X., Li, J., Cui, Y., Hou, Y., Zhai, L., Wang, X., Fu, Y., Liu, R., Bian, S. (2017). Conservation and diversification of the miR166 family in soybean and potential roles of newly identified miR166s. BMC Plant Biology, [online] 17(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12870-017-0983-9

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  13. Saatian, B. and Cui, Y. (2016). GLUCAN SYNTHASE-LIKE 8: A Key Player in Early Seedling Development in Arabidopsis (A PhD thesis; ir.lib.uwo.ca).

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  14. Li C, Cui Y. (2016) A DNA element that remembers winter. Nature Genetics 48(12):1451-1452. doi: 10.1038/ng.3727.

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  15. Xu Y, Guo C, Zhou B, Li C, Wang H, Zheng B, Ding H, Zhu Z, Peragine A, Cui Y, Poethig S, Wu G. (2016) Regulation of Vegetative Phase Change by SWI2/SNF2 Chromatin Remodeling ATPase BRAHMA. Plant Physiology 172(4):2416-2428.

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  16. Bian, S., Li, J., Tian, G., Cui, Y., Hou, Y., Qiu, W. (2016). Combinatorial regulation of CLF and SDG8 during Arabidopsis shoot branching. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, [online] 38(7), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11738-016-2188-5

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  17. Li, C., Gu, L., Gao, L., Chen, C., Wei, C.Q., Qiu, Q., Chien, C.W., Wang, S., Jiang, L., Ai, L.F., Chen, C.Y., Yang, S., Nguyen, V., Qi, Y., Snyder, M.P., Burlingame, A.L., Kohalmi, S.E., Huang, S., Cao, X., Wang, Z.Y., Wu, K., Chen, X., Cui, Y. (2016). Concerted genomic targeting of H3K27 demethylase REF6 and chromatin-remodeling ATPase BRM in Arabidopsis. Nature Genetics, [online] 48(6), 687-693. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3555

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  18. Xie, X., Li, X., Tian, Y., Su, M., Zhang, J., Han, X., Cui, Y., Bian, S. (2016). Identification and characterization of microRNAs and their targets from expression sequence tags of Ribes nigrum. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 96(6), 995-1001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0013

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  19. Hossan, M.J. and Cui, Y. (2015). Genetic Analysis of a Non-Germinating Mutant of Arabidopsis Thaliana (MSc thesis).

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  20. Yang, S., Li, C., Zhao, L., Gao, S., Lu, J., Zhao, M., Chen, C.Y., Liu, X., Luo, M., Cui, Y., Yang, C., Wu, K. (2015). The arabidopsis SWI2/SNF2 chromatin remodeling ATPase BRAHMA targets directly to PINs and is required for root stem cell niche maintenance. Plant Cell, [online] 27(6), 1670-1680. http://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.15.00091

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Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3


Adjunct Professor, Biology, Western Universtiy, London, Ontario



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