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United States Department of Agriculture

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Zongrang Liu





            Appalachian Fruit Research Station

            2217 Wiltshire Road

            Kearneysville, WV 25430


            Phone: 304-725-3451 Ext. 239

            Fax: 304-728-2340





1987-1992 Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology, Cornell University                                               

1984-1987 M.S. Pomology, Cornell University

1978-1982 B.S.  Pomology, Northwestern Agricultural University, China 


Research Experience


2001- Present, Research Geneticist/ Molecular Biologist, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, USDA-ARS


1994-2000, Research Associate, Department of Molecular and cellular Biology, University of Arizona.


1992-1993, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Dartmouth                    College.


Publications (last seven years)


Hily, J.-M., Ravelonandro, M., Damsteegt, V., Bassett, C., Petri, C., Liu, Z., and Scorza, R. (2007). Plum pox potyvirus coat protein gene intron-hairpin-RNA (ihpRNA) constructs provide resistance to plum pox virus in Nicotiana  benthamiana Domin. and plum (Prunus domestica L.). Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science (in press).


Liu, Z. Scorza, R, Hily, J.-M., Scott S. W. and James, D. (2007). Engineering resistance to multiple stone fruit viruses through expression of chimeric hairpins. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 132, 283-436.


Srinivasan, C., Liu, Z., Heidmann, I., Supena, E.D.J., Fukuoka, H., Joosen, R.,Lambalk, J., Angenent, G., Scorza, R., Custers, J.B.M., and Boutilier, K. (2006). Heterologous expression of the BABY BOOM AP2/ERF transcription factor enhances the repression capacity of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.). Planta 225, 341-351.           


Liu, Z. (2005). Developing multi-virus resistant stone fruit cultivars. New York, Fruit Quarterly, Volume 13 (4), 32-34. 


      Liu, Z., Hong, S.-W., Escobar, M., Vierling, E., Michell, D.L., Mount, D.W. and Hall, J.D. (2003). Arabidopsis UVH6, a Homolog of Human XPD and Yeast RAD3 DNA Repair Genes, Functions in DNA Repair and Is Essential for Plant Growth. Plant Physiology 132: 1405-1414.


Liu, Z., Hall, J., and Mount, D.W. (2001). Arabidopsis UVH3 gene is a

homolog of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae RAD2 and human XPG DNA repair genes. Plant Journal 26, 1-11.


Liu, Z., Hossain, S., Islas, M., Mitchell, D.L., and Mount, D. W. (2000). Repair of UV damage in plants by nucleotide excision repair: Arabidopsis UVH1 DNA repair gene is a homolog of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rad1. Plant Journal 21, 519-528.


Liu, Z., Davies, C., Mount, D.W. (2000). TREGED: A new strategy for

inducing deletions in plant genomes. Plant Mol. Biol. Reporter 18, 1-9.




       Liu, Zongrang and Scorza, Ralph. A method for preventing male and female gametes in flowers to reduce invasiveness and pollen- and seed- mediated gene flow (pending)


Book Chapters


Hily, J.-M. and Liu, Z. (2006). Small RNAs as Regulators of Gene Expression. IN: Regulation of Gene Regulation in Plants. Eds. C. Bassett, Springer-Life Sciences.


Grants and supports


1.      USDA-ARS Headquater 2005 class of postctoral program. Transgene containment technology.

2.      USDA CSREES BRAG, from Sept, 15, 2006 to Aug. 31, 2009. An Efficient Transgene Removal and Containment System (TRECS).

3.      USDA-ARS Headquater 2007 class of postctoral program. Molecular characterization of a novel gene silencing mechanism.

4.      USDA CSREES BRAG, from Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2010. An integrated gene silencing approach for gene engineering in plants.

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