Molecular Genetics and Soybean Genomics Laboratory

Henry T. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Curators' Distinguished
Professor of Plant Sciences,
Division of Plant Sciences
University of Missouri
Tel: 573-882-5494
Fax: 573-882-1469
Henry Nguyen

Jinrong Wan

Research Scientist

Division of Plant Sciences
Office: 25 Agriculture Building
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211


Lab Member Since: August, 2011

Current Research Focus:

Increasing oil, biomass, and resistance to nematodes in soybean through genetic engineering.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
M.S., Nanjing Botanical Garden, Nanjing, China.
B.S., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

  • Wan J, Vuong T, Jiao Y, Joshi T, Zhang H, Xu D, and Nguyen HT (2015). Whole-genome gene expression profiling revealed genes and pathways potentially involved in regulating interactions of soybean with cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines Ichinohe). BMC Genomics16:148. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1316-8.
  • Wan J (2015). Diverse roles of Lysin-motif (LysM) proteins in mediating plant-microbe interactions. Walailak J Sci & Tech 12: 631-641.
  • Liang Y, Cao Y, Tanaka K, Thibivilliers S, Wan J, Choi J, Kang C, Qiu J, and Stacey G (2013) Nonlegumes respond to rhizobial nod factors by suppressing the innate immune response. Science 341:1384-1387.
  • Wan J and Pentecost G (2013) Potential application of chitin signaling in engineering broad-spectrum disease resistance to fungal and bacterial pathogens in plants. Adv Crop Sci Tech 1:e103. doi:10.4172/acst.1000e103.
  • Xu X, Zeng L, Tao Y, Vuong T, Wan J, Boerma R, Noe J, Li Z, Finnerty S, Pathan M, Shannon G, and Nguyen HT (2013) Pinpointing genes underlying the quantitative trait loci for root-knot nematode resistance in palaeopolyploid soybean by whole genome resequencing. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:13469-13474.
  • Wan J, Tanaka K, Zhang X, Son GH, Brechenmacher L, Nguyen THN, and Stacey G (2012) LYK4, a LysM receptor-like kinase, is important for chitin signaling and plant innate immunity in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 160:396-406.
  • Son G-H, Wan J, Kim H-J, Nguyen X-C, Chung W-S, Hong J-C, and Stacey G (2011) The Ethylene Responsive Element Binding Factor 5, ERF5, is involved in the Chitin-induced Innate Immunity Response. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. DOI:10.1094/MPMI-06-11-0165.
  • Wan J, Son GH, Zhang X, Le HM, Hong JC, and Gary Stacey (2010) Chitin-mediated signal transduction and plant innate immunity. In: Biology of Plant Microbe Interactions, Vol. 7 (Antoun H, Avis T, Brisson L, Prévost D, and Trepanier M, eds). The American Phytopathological Society.
  • Mathieu M, Winters EK, Kong F, Wan J, Huang S, Eckert H, Donovan C, Somers D, Wank K, Stacey G, and Clement T (2009) Establishment of a soybean (Glycine max Merr. L) transposon-based mutagenesis repository. Planta 229: 279-289.
  • Wan J, Zhang X, and Stacey G (2008) Chitin signaling and plant disease resistance. Plant Signaling & Behavior 3: 831-833.
  • Wan J, Zhang X, Neece D, Clough S, Ramonell K, Kim S-Y, Stacey M, and Stacey G (2008) A LysM receptor-like kinase plays a critical role in chitin signaling and fungal resistance in Arabidopsis*. Plant Cell 20:471-481 *Highlighted in “In This Issue” by the journal Plant Cell (Eckardt NA: Plant Cell 20:241-243, 2008:
  • Wan J, Ramonell K, Zhang X, Clough S, Zhang R, Libault M, Son GH, Stacey M, Hong JC, and Stacey G (2008) Chitin signaling in Arabidopsis. In: Biology of Plant Microbe Interactions, Vol. 6 (Lorito M, Woo SL, and Scala F, eds). The American Phytopathological Society.
  • Wan J, Patel A, Mathieu MS, Kim S-Y, Xu D, and Stacey G (2008) A lectin receptor-like kinase is required for pollen development in Arabidopsis. Plant Mol Biol 67: 469-482.
  • Adams-Phillips L, Wan J, Tan X, Dunning FM, Meyers BC, Michelmore RW, and Bent AF (2008) Discovery of ADP-ribosylation and other plant defense pathway elements through expression profiling of four different Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas R/avr interactions. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 21: 646-657.
  • Joshi T, Wan J, Palm CJ, Juneau K, Davis R, Southwick A, Ramonell K, Stacey G, and Xu D (2007) Bioinformatics analyses of Arabidopsis thaliana tiling array expression data. In: Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics: Techniques, Methods and Application (Pan Y and Hu XT, eds). John Wiley and Sons, New York.
  • Zhang X-C, Wu X, Findley S, Wan J, Libault M, Nguyen HT, Cannon SB, and Stacey G (2007) Molecular evolution of LysM type receptor-like kinases in plants. Plant Physiol 144: 623-636.
  • Libault M, Wan J, Czechowski T, Xu D, Udvardi M, and Stacey G (2007) Identification of 118 Arabidopsis transcription factor and 30 ubiquitin-ligase genes responding to chitin, a plant-defense elicitor. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 20: 900-911.
  • Wan J. (2006) Long Oligonucleotide Microarray Technology. In: Plant Biotechnology Manual (Peng X, ed). Chemical Industry Press, Beijing, China.
  • Stacey G, and Wan J (2006) Chitin oligosaccharide signaling in plants. In: Biology of Plant Microbe Interactions, Vol. 5 (Sanchez F, Quinto C, Lopez-Lara IM, and Geiger O, eds). The American Phytopathological Society.
  • Stacey G, Libault M, Brechenmacher L, Wan J, and May GD (2006) Genetics and functional genomics of legume nodulation. Curr Opin Plant Biol 9: 110-121.
  • Ramonell K, Berrocal-Lobo M, Koh S, Wan J, Edwards H, Stacey G, and Somerville S (2005) Loss-of-function mutations in four chitin responsive genes show increased susceptibility to the powdery mildew pathogen, Erysiphe cichoracearum. Plant Physiol 138: 1027-1036.
  • Wan J, Torres M, Ganapathy A, DaGue B, Mooney B, Thelen J, Xu D, and Stacey G (2005) Proteomic analysis of soybean root hairs after infection by Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 5: 458-467.
  • Wan J, Zhang S, and Stacey G (2004) Activation of a mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway in Arabidopsis by chitin. Mol Plant Pathol5:125-135.
  • Ganapathy A, Wan X-F, Wan J, Thelen J, Emerich DW, Stacey G, and Xu D (2004) Statistical assessment for mass-spec protein identification using peptide fingerprinting approach. In: The Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, San Francisco, CA (September 1-5, 2004).
  • Wan J, Dunning M, and Bent AF (2002) Probing pathogen-plant interactions and downstream defense signaling using DNA microarrays. Funct Integr Genomics 2: 259-273.
  • Bent A, Wan J, Banerjee D, Baima E, Dunning M, Meyers B, Michelmore R, Pfund C, Zabala G, and Zhang X (2002) NBS-LRR R gene products: Functional domains and divergent downstream transcript profiles. In: Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Vol. 3 (Leong S, Allen C, and Triplett E, eds). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 52-57.
  • Fellers J, Wan J, Hong Y, Collins GB, and Hunt AG (1998) In Vitro interactions between a potyvirus-encoded genome-linked protein and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. J Gen Virol 79: 2043-2049.
Academic Services
  • Editor of the journal Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology.
  • Editor of the journal Advances in Crop Science and Technology.
  • Editor of the journal Walailak Journal of Science and Technology.