Professor, Received Bachelor Degree at the Department of Chemistry in China Agricultural University in Beijing China. Received Ph.D. at the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology in The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio in USA. Qiao Zhao got his postdoc training at Noble Foundation in Oklahoma USA from 2008-2013. Started independent career at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2014 as Assistant Professor. Relocated to Shenzhen Institute of Synthetic Biology in Shenzhen in 2019 and promoted to Professor there. He is focusing on plant secondary metabolism. 

Research Areas

Rebuild plant metabolites biosynthesis pathways in plant-based systems.


Xiaochen Wang, Jie Wu, Mengling Guan, Cuihuan Zhao, Pan Geng, Qiao Zhao (2019) Arabidopsis MYB4 Plays Dual Roles in Flavonoid Biosynthesis. Plant Journal  Accepted

Pan Geng, Su Zhang, Jinyue Liu, Cuihuan Zhao, Jie Wu and Qiao Zhao (2019) MYB20, MYB42, MYB43 and MYB85 Regulate Phenylalanine and Lignin Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology  Accepted

Qiao Zhao (2016) Lignification: flexibility, biosynthesis and regulation. Trends in Plant Science 21:713-721.

Qiao Zhao, Jin Nakashima, Fang Chen, Yanbin Yin, Chunxiang Fu, Jianfei Yun, Hui Shao, Xiaoqiang Wang, Zeng-Yu Wang and Richard A. Dixon (2013) LACCASE is necessary and non-redundant with PEROXIDASE for lignin polymerization during vascular development in Arabidopsis thaliana.  Plant Cell 25(10): 3976-87.

Qiao Zhao, Yuki Tobamitsu, Rui Zhou, Sivakumar Pattathil, Yanbin Yin, Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Chunxiang Fu, Lisa A. Jackson, Michael G. Hahn, Hoon Kim, John Ralph, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (2013) Loss of Function of Cinnamyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase 1 Leads to Unconventional Lignin and a Temperature-Sensitive Growth Defect in Medicago truncatula. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110: 13660-5.