H-index: 18 (Google Scholar)    Citations: 5172 (December 2021)
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8. Zhao M.†, Ku J.C., Yang D.*, Yin L.*, Liu B.*, Ferrell T.J.**, Stoll C.E.**, Guo W.*, Zhang X., Wang D., Wang C.R., and Lisch D. 2021. The mop1 mutation affects the recombination landscape in maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (Recommended by Faculty Opinions)

7. Zhao M.†, Liu S., Ma J. 2021. Asymmetric Evolution of Transposable Elements in Brassica oleracea. The Brassica oleracea genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham. p. 77-90.

6. Liu B.*, Iwata-Otsubo A., Yang D.*, Baker R.L., Liang C., Jackson S.A., Liu S., Ma J., and Zhao M.† 2021. Analysis of CACTA transposase genes unveils the mechanism of intron loss and distinct small RNA silencing pathways underlying divergent evolution of Brassica genome. Plant J. 105: 34-48. [PDF]


5. Zhang X., Zhao M., McCarty D.R., and Lisch D. 2020. Transposable elements employ distinct integration strategies with respect to transcriptional landscapes in eukaryotic genomes. Nucleic Acids Res. 48: 6685-6698. [PDF]

4. Wang D., Zhang J., Zuo T., Zhao M., Lisch D., and Peterson T. 2020. Small RNA-mediated de novo silencing of Ac/Ds transposons is initiated by alternative transposition in maize. Genetics. 215: 393-406. [PDF]

3. Burgess D., Li H., Zhao M., Kim S.Y., and Lisch D. 2020. Silencing of Mu elements in maize involves distinct populations of small RNAs and distinct patterns of DNA methylation. Genetics. 215: 379-391. [PDF]

2. Zhang X., Zhao, M., and Lisch D. 2020. Cost-effective profiling of Mutator transposon insertions in maize by next-generation sequencing. Methods Mol Biol. 2072: 39-50. [PDF]


1. Zhao M.†, Zhang B., Ma J., and Lisch D. 2018. Genome-wide estimation of evolutionary distance and phylogenetic analysis of homologous genes. Bio-protocol 8(23): e3097. [PDF]

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22. Zhao M., Zhang B., Lisch D., and Ma J. 2017. Patterns and consequences of subgenome differentiation provide insights into the nature of paleopolyploidy in plants. Plant Cell 29: 2974-2994. [PDF]

21. Zhao M., and Ma J. 2017. Transposable Elements. In: Nguyen H., Bhattacharyya M. (eds). The Soybean Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham. p. 171-181. [PDF]

20. Zhang D.#, Zhao M.#, Li S.#, Sun L., Wang W., Cai C., Dierking E., and Ma J. 2017. Plasticity and innovation of regulatory mechanisms underlying seed oil content mediated by duplicated genes in the palaeopolyploid soybean. Plant J. 90: 1120-1133. (#Equal contributors) [PDF]

19. Li L., Lin F., Wang W., Ping J., Fitzgerald J.C., Zhao M., Li S., Sun L., Cai C., and Ma J. 2016. Fine mapping and candidate gene analysis of two loci conferring resistance to Phytophthora sojae in soybean. Theor. Appl. Genet. 129: 2379-2386. [PDF]

18. Sun L., Miao Z., Cai C., Zhang D., Zhao M., Wu Y., Zhang X., Swarm S.A., Zhou L., Zhang Z.J., Nelson R.L., and Ma J. 2015. GmHs1-1, encoding a calcineurin-like protein, controls hard-seededness in soybean. Nat. Genet. 47: 939-943. [PDF]

17. Zhao M., Meyers B.C., Cai C., Xu W., and Ma J. 2015. Evolutionary patterns and co-evolutionary consequences of MIRNA genes and microRNA targets triggered by multiple mechanisms of genomic duplications in soybean. Plant Cell 27: 546-562. [PDF]

16. Zhao M., Cai C., Zhai J., Lin F., Li L., Shreve J., Thimmapuram J., Hughes T.J., Meyers B.C., and Ma J. 2015. Coordination of microRNAs, phasiRNAs, and NB-LRR genes in response to a plant pathogen: insights from analyses of a set of soybean Rps gene near-isogenic lines. Plant Gen., 10.3835/plantgenome2014.09.0044. [PDF]

15. Chalhoub B., Denoeud F., Liu S., … Zhao M., … Paterson A.H., Guan C., Wincker P. 2014. Early allopolyploid evolution in the post-Neolithic Brassica napus oilseed genome. Science 345: 950-953. (Annotated and analyzed all TEs in Brassica napus) [PDF]

14. Ping J., Liu Y., Sun L., Zhao M., Li Y., She M., Sui Y., Lin F., Liu X., Tang Z., Nguyen H., Tian Z., Qiu L., Nelson R.L., Clemente T.E., Specht J.E., and Ma J. 2014. Dt2 is a Gain-of-Function MADS-Domain Factor Gene That Specifies Semi-Determinacy in Soybean. Plant Cell 26: 2831-2842. [PDF]

13. Liu S., Liu Y., Yang X., Tong C., Edwards D., Parkin I.A.P., Zhao M., …, Wang X., Wang J., Chalhoub B., and Paterson A.H. 2014. The Brassica oleracea genome reveals the asymmetrical evolution of polyploid genomes. Nat. Commun. 5: 3930. (Leading the TE annotation and analysis in the genome) [PDF][

12. Lin F.#, Zhao M.#, Baumann D.D., Ping J., Sun L., Liu Y., Zhang B., Tang Z., Hughes E., Doerge R.W., Hughes T.J., and Ma J. 2014. Molecular response to the pathogen Phytophthora sojae among ten soybean near isogenic lines revealed by comparative transcriptpmics. BMC Genomics 15: 18. (#Equal contributors) [PDF]

11. Zhao M.,Du J., Lin F., Tong C., Yu J., Huang S., Wang X., Liu S., and Ma J. 2013. Shifts in evolutionary rate and intensity of purifying selection between two Brassica genomes revealed by analyses of orthologous transposons and relics of a whole genome triplication. Plant J. 76: 211-222.

10. Zhao M., and Ma J. 2013. Co-evolution of plant LTR-retrotransposons and their host genomes. Protein & Cell 4: 493-501. [PDF]

9. Zhao M., Zhang B., Liu S., and Ma J. 2013. Transposon expression and potential effect on gene regulation in the Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea genomes. Hereditas 35: 1014-1022. [PDF][

8. Yu J. #, Zhao M.#,Wang X., Tong C., Huang S., Tehrim S., Liu Y., Hua W., and Liu S. 2013. Bolbase: a comprehensive genomics database for Brassica oleracea. BMC Genomics 14: 664. (*Equal contributors) [PDF]

7. Lin F., Zhao M., Ping J., Johnson A., Zhang B., Abney T.S., Hughes T., and Ma J. 2013. Molecular mapping of two genes conferring resistance to Phytophthora sojae in a soybean landrace PI 567139B. Theor. Appl. Genet. 126: 2177-2185. [PDF]

6. Motamayor J.C., Mockaitis K., Schmutz J., Haiminen N., … Zhao M., … Parida L. and Kuhn D.N. 2013. The genome sequence of the most widely cultivated cacao type and its use to identify candidate genes regulating pod color. Genome Biol. 14: R53. [PDF]

5. Tian Z., Zhao M., She M., Du J., Cannon S.B., Liu X., Xu X., Li M.W., Lam H.M., and Ma J. 2012. Genome-wide characterization of non-reference transposons reveals evolutionary propensities of transposons in soybean. Plant Cell 24: 1-15. [PDF]

4. Du J., Tian Z., Sui Y., Zhao M., Song Q., Cannon S.B., Cregan P., and Ma J. 2012. Pericentromeric effects shape the patterns of divergence, retention, and expression of duplicated genes in the palaeopolyploid soybean. Plant Cell 24: 21-32. [PDF]

3. Wang X., Wang H., Sun R., Wu J., Liu S., … Zhao M., … Xiong Z. and Zhang Z. 2011. The genome of the mesopolyploid crop species Brassica rapa. Nat. Genet. 43: 1035-1039. [PDF]

2. Wang C., Cai L., Dong C., Huang J., Zhao M., Zhou R., Liu S. 2011. Over-expression of BnERF104 from Brassica napus enhanced transgenic Arabidopsis resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Chin. J. Oil Crop Sci. 33: 325-33

1. Zhang B., Huang J., Liu S., Zhao M., Wang C., Cai L. 2011. Establishment of a rapid identification method to determine differences in susceptibility of Cercospora Sojina Hara by hyphae inoculated on the excised leaf surface. J. Anhui Agri. Sci. 39: 12714-12718.