Qingfang He - Professor

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Phone: 501-569-8033 (Office)
Address: University of Arkansas at Little Rock I ETAS 300Q I Department of Biology I 2801 South University Ave I Little Rock AR 72204
Email: qfhe@ualr.edu


University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Applied Science

 Cluster Identification:
- Comparative Metabolomics Cluster
- Plant Productivity ‘Set-Points’ Cluster

Research Areas/Expertise:
- Abiotic Stress
- Algae for biofuels & bioproduction
- Biofuels & Biobased Products
- Gene Regulation & Signal Transduction
- Plant Secondary Metabolism/Metabolomics/Metabolic Engineering
- Photosynthesis
- Plant-Made Industrial/Pharmaceutical Proteins

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Research Summary:

My group studies the molecular mechanisms by which photosynthetic organisms cope with environmental stress that causes inhibition to photosynthesis and reduction in crop yield.  We are particularly in the functions of stress inducible proteins and their associated complexes in photosynthetic organisms. Our exploration covers discovery of new pigment protein complexes, analysis of the structure and dynamics of the photosynthetic apparatus, and uncovering unique photoprotective mechanism in cyanobacteria.  In the past few years, we have also begun to exploit the advantages of the cyanobacterial platforms for biofuel and bioproduction.

Selected Publications:

1. Xue, Y., Zhang, Y., Cheng, D., Daddy, S. and He, Q. (2014) Genetically engineering Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 for the sustainable production of the plant secondary metabolite p-coumaric acid. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111:  9449-9454.

2. Cheng, D. and He, Q. (2014) PfsR is a Key Regulator of Iron Homeostasis in Synechocystis PCC 6803. PLoS ONE 9: e101743.

3. Cheng, D. and He, Q. (2014) Assessment of environmental stresses for enhanced microalgal biofuel production – an overview. Frontiers in Energy Research 2:26. doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2014.00026.

4. Chen, G. et al. and He, Q. (2014) Transgenic expression of delta-15 and delta-6 fatty acid desaturases enhances omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid accumulation in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803.  Biotechnology for Biofuels 7:32.  doi:10.1186/1754-6834-7-32.

5. Xue, Y., Zhang, Y., Grace, S. C. and He, Q. (2014) Functional expression of an Arabidopsis p450 enzyme, p-coumarate-3-hydroxylase, in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 for the biosynthesis of caffeic acid. Journal of Applied Phycology 26: 219-226.

6. Majeed W., Xue, Y., Blue, R. N., Wang, Q., and He, Q. (2012) RpaA regulates the accumulation of monomeric photosystem I and PsbA under high light conditions in Synechocystis PCC 6803. PLoS ONE 7: e45139.

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