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Jin-Gui (Jay) Chen

Research & Development, Biosciences Division, ORNL


Dr. Jin-Gui (Jay) Chen is a Research & Development Staff Member in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Prior to joining ORNL in 2010, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chen is a Plant Molecular Biologist and Geneticist and has been best recognized for his contributions in the field of plant signal transduction. So far, Dr. Chen has published more than 70 articles including articles in prestigious journals such as SciencePNASGenes & Development, and The Plant Cell. Currently, he has an h-index of 19. Dr. Chen also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Plant Growth and Regulation and International Journal of Plant Developmental Biology. At ORNL, Dr. Chen leads research activities in the U.S. DOE BioEnergy Science Center, investigating the regulatory mechanisms underlying plant cell wall biosynthesis and recalcitrance. Dr. Chen is also an investigator in the Plant-Microbe Interfaces Scientific Focus Area and an investigator in Engineering CAM Photosynthetic Machinery into Bioenergy Crops for Biofuels Production in Marginal Environments.


Guo J, Morrell-Falvey JL, Labbé JL, Muchero W, Kalluri UC, Tuskan GA, Chen JG (2012) Highly efficient isolation of Populus mesophyll protoplasts and its application in transient expression assays. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44908.

Guo J, Wang S, Valerius O, Hall H, Zeng Q, Li JF, Weston DJ, Ellis BE, Chen JG (2010) Involvement of Arabidopsis RACK1 in protein translation and its regulation by abscisic acid. Plant Physiol. 2010 Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print].  

Wang S, Chang Y, Guo J, Zeng Q, Ellis BE, Chen JG (2011) Arabidopsis ovate family proteins, a novel transcriptional repressor family, control multiple aspects of plant growth and development. PLoS One 6(8): e23896.

Wang S, Barron C, Schiefelbein J, Chen JG (2010) Distinct relationships between GLBRA2 and single-repeat R3 MYB transcription factors in the regulation of trichome and root hair patterning in Arabidopsis. New Phytol 185: 387-400. 

Wang S, Kwak SH, Zeng Q, Ellis BE, Chen XY, Schiefelbein J, Chen JG (2007) TRICHOMELESS1 regulates trichome patterning by suppressing GLABRA1 in Arabidopsis. Development 134: 3873-3882.

Gao Y, Zeng Q, Guo J, Cheng J, Ellis BE, Chen JG (2007) Genetic characterization reveals no role for the reported ABA receptor, GCR2, in ABA control of seed germination and early seedling development in Arabidopsis. Plant J 52: 1001-1013.

Wang S, Chang Y, Guo J, Chen JG (2007) Arabidopsis Ovate Family Protein 1 is a transcriptional repressor that suppresses cell elongation. Plant J 50: 858-872.

Chen JG, Gao Y, Jones AM (2006) Differential roles of Arabidopsis heterotrimeric G-protein subunits in modulating cell division in roots. Plant Physiol 141: 887-897. 

Chen JG, Pandey S, Huang J, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, Assmann SM, Jones AM (2004) GCR1 can act independently of heterotrimeric G-protein in response to brassinosteroids and gibberellins in Arabidopsis seed germination. Plant Physiol 135: 907-915.

Chen JG, Willard FS, Huang J, Liang J, Chasse SA, Jones AM, Siderovski DP (2003) A seven-transmembrane RGS protein that modulates plant cell proliferation. Science 301: 1728-1731.

Chen JG, Shimomura S, Sitbon F, Sandberg G, Jones AM (2001) The role of auxin-binding protein 1 in the expansion of tobacco leaf cells. Plant J 28: 607-617.

Chen JG, Ullah H, Young JC, Sussman MR, Jones AM (2001) ABP1 is required for organized cell elongation and division in Arabidopsis embryogenesis. Genes Dev 15: 902-911.

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