Research Interests

​Functional genomics, bioinformatics and epigenetics. Using and developing software to analyze omics data to study the association of biological molecules and phenotypes, especially the mechanisms of symbiosis of coral and Symbiodinium.


Selected Publications

  • an ABA-activated and calcium-independent SnRK2-type kinase from G. soja, mediates the regulation of plant tolerance...
    L. Yang, W. Ji, P. Gao, Y. Li, H. Cai, X. Bai, et al. GsAPK
    PLoS One. 7(3):e33838, (2012)
  • The Arabidopsis AtbZIP1 transcription factor is a positive regulator of plant tolerance to salt, osmotic and drough...
    X. Sun, Y. Li, H. Cai, X. Bai, W. Ji, X. Ding, et al
    Journal of plant research.125(3):429-38, (2012)
  • a new Cys2/His2-type zinc-finger protein, is a positive regulator of plant tolerance to cold and drought stress
    X. Luo, X. Bai, D. Zhu D, Y. Li, W. Ji, H. Cai, et al. GsZFP1
    Planta. 235(6):1141-55, (2012)
  • a novel positive regulator of plant tolerance to bicarbonate stress and a repressor of jasmonate signaling
    D. Zhu, X. Bai, C. Chen, Q. Chen, H. Cai, Y. Li, et al. GsTIFY10
    Plant Mol Biol. 77(3):285-97, (2011)
  • Chemotype-dependent metabolic response to methyl jasmonate elicitation in Artemisia annua
    W. Wu, M. Yuan, Q. Zhang, Y. Zhu, Y. Li, W. Wang, et al.
    Planta Med. 77(10):1048-53, (2011)
  • A novel Glycine soja tonoplast intrinsic protein gene responds to abiotic stress and depresses salt and dehydration...
    X. Wang, Y. Li, W. Ji, X. Bai, H. Cai, D. Zhu, et al
    J Plant Physiol. 168(11):1241-8, (2011)
  • SNPs discovery and CAPS marker conversion in soybean
    Y. Shu, Y. Li, Z. Zhu, X. Bai, H. Cai, W. Ji, et al
    Mol Biol Rep. 38(3):1841-6, (2011)
  • GsGASA1 mediated root growth inhibition in response to chronic cold stress is marked by the accumulation of DELLAs
    K.L. Li, X. Bai, Y. Li, H. Cai, W. Ji, L.L. Tang, et al.
    J Plant Physiol. 168(18):2153-60, (2011)
  • Alkaline-stress response in Glycine soja leaf identifies specific transcription factors and ABA-mediated signaling ...
    Y. Ge, Y. Li, D.K. Lv, X. Bai, W. Ji, H. Cai, et al.
    Funct Integr Genomics. 11(2):369-79, (2011)
  • Comparative study of discretization methods of microarray data for inferring transcriptional regulatory networks
    Y. Li, L. Liu, X. Bai, H. Cai, W. Ji, D. Guo, et al
    BMC Bioinformatics. 11(1):520, (2010)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Plant Biotechnology, NEAU, Harbin, China, 2008
  • M.Sc., Plant Biotechnology, NEAU, Harbin, China, 2006
  • B.Sc., Biology, Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), Harbin, China, 2004

Professional Profile

  • 2008-2013: Research Associate, NEAU, Harbin, China
  • 2006-2008: Research Assistant, Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), Harbin, China

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)