Department of MBS

Phone: (512) 471-5105
Fax: (512) 471-1218

NHB 2.606, Stop A5000
100 East 24th St.
Austin TX 78712

Qiao, Hong

Hong Qiao

Assistant Professor
Molecular Biosciences

Office Location
NMS 5.114

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
2506 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

Qiao received her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGDB). She subsequently moved Salk Institute for Biological studies at San Diego, CA. Qiao’s research focuses on chromatin remodeling and the establishment of the specificity of gene expression in response to hormones and stressors. Her highly interdisciplinary research program combines aspects of genetic, genomic, proteomic, molecular, and biochemical approaches and her long-term goal is to curb the susceptibility of crops to certain stressors, allowing for higher yields during stress conditions to support profitable crops and feed the world's growing population. Her research will also have great potential for both the agricultural and the pharmaceutical industries.

  • Zhang F., Wang L., Lim J., Kim T., Pyo Y., Sung S., Shin C and Qiao H*. Phosphorylation of CBP20 links   microRNA to root growth in the ethylene response. PLOS Genetics, doi: 10.1371 (2016).
  • Zhang, F., Qi, B., Wang, L., Zhao, B., Rode, S., Riggan, ND., Ecker JR and Qiao H*. EIN2-dependent reguation of acetylation of histone H3K14 and non-canonical histone H3K23 in ethylene signaling. Nature communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms13018. (2016)                                                             F1000 Prime recommended.jpg


  • Chang KN, Zhong S, Weirauch MT, Hon G, Pelizzola M, Li H, Huang SS, Schmitz RJ, Urich MA, Kuo D, Nery JR, Qiao H, Yang A, Jamali A, Chen H, Ideker T, Ren B, Bar-Joseph Z, Hughes TR, Ecker JR. Temporal transcriptional response to ethylene gas drives growth hormone cross-regulation in Arabidopsis. Elife, 2013; 2:e00675 (2013)
  • Qiao, H., Zhou S., Huang, S., Schmitz, R., Urich, M., Briggs, SP and Ecker, JR., Processing and Subcellular Trafficking of ER-Tethered EIN2 Control Response to Ethylene Gas. 338(6105): 390-3 (2012)
  • Qiao, H., Chang, K., Yazaki., J and.Ecker J, Interplay between ethylene, ETP1/ETP2 F-box proteins, and degradation of EIN2 triggers ethylene responses in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development, 23: 512-521 (2009) (Cover paper)
  • Boutrota, F., Segonzaca, C., Chang., K., Qiao, H., Ecker, J., Zipfel., C and Rathjen., J. Direct transcriptional control of the Arabidopsis immune receptor FLS2 by the ethylene-dependent transcription factors EIN3 and EIL1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107(32):14502-7 (2010)
  • Qiao, H., Wang, F., Zhao, L., Zhou, J., Lai, Z., Zhang, Y., Robbins,T., and Xue., Y. The F-Box Protein AhSLF-S2 Controls the Pollen Function of S-RNase-Based Self-Incompatibility. The Plant Cell 16: 2307-2322 (2004)
  • Qiao, H., Wang, H., Zhao, L., Zhou, J., Huang, J., Zhang, Y., Xue, Y. The F-box protein AhSLF-S2 physically interacts with S-RNases that may be inhibited by the ubiquitin/26S proteasome pathway of protein degradation during compatible pollination in Antirrhinum. The Plant Cell 16: 582-595 (2004)


Hong Qiao, assistant professor 

Bin Qi,  postdoctoral fellow

Fan Zhang, postdoctoral fellow

Bo Zhao, Graduate student

Julien Mahler, research assistant

pitures are coming

 We are currently recruiting motivated postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research associates, and undergraduates.

Graduate Students: Graduate students can apply through the graduate programs, such as ICMB or PB. The lab will be accepting rotation students starting from the spring 2014. Graduate students who are interested in our research should contact Dr. Hong Qiao ( directly to set up a time to discuss possible projects.

Postdoctoral Fellows: Prospective postdocs should submit a CV, a description of past research accomplishments and future research interests, and the names and contact information for at least two references to Dr. Hong Qiao ( .

Undergraduate Students: There are several projects available to highly motivated undergraduates interested in our research. Please send a CV/resume to Dr. Hong Qiao ( with a description of your research interests and career objectives. Our primary criterion for evaluating undergraduate applicants is evidence of a high degree of motivation and dedication.