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Bin Shuai, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: 418 Hubbard Hall
Phone: (316) 978-6142
Fax: (316) 978-3772

Professional Experience
Research Interests
Courses Taught


Institution and Location



Field of Study

Nanjing University




Nanjing University




University of California, Riverside




Professional Experience

• 2005--present Assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wichita State University
• 2004--2005 Assistant specialist, Plant Gene Expression Center, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

My lab studies the function of genes involved in plant development and plant-pathogen interactions by using molecular and genetic tools. There are two research directions:

1) Genes involved in pollen development
Pollen is essential for plant sexual reproduction, therefore, understanding how genes function in pollen and how their expression is regulated are very important. Using Arabidopsis as a model, we are studying the role of some unknown genes and miRNAs during pollen development and function.

2) Molecular interactions between Medicago truncatula and Macrophomina phaseolina
Macrophomina phaseolina is a soil-born fungus that causes charcoal rot disease in many plant species, including economically important crops. The lack of knowledge on the pathogen really limits our ability to control and manage the disease that usually causes severe loss in crop yield. Using Medicago truncatula as a model, we are trying to identify genes and pathways that are involved in plant-pathogen interactions.

In addition, I collaborate with Dr. Bousfield in a project that expresses and characterizes two human follicle-stimulating hormone (hFSH) glycoforms.


1. Gaige, A. R., Ayella, A., Shuai, B. Methyl jasmonate and ethylene induce partial resistance in Medicago truncatula against the charcoal rot pathogen Macrophomina phaseolina. Physiological Molecular Plant Pathology, 74 : 412-418, 2010.
2. Chambers, C., Shuai, B. Profiling microRNA expression in Arabidopsis pollen using microRNA array and real-time PCR. BMC Plant Biology, 9: 87, 2009.
3. Boavida L.C., Shuai, B, Yu H.J., Pagnussat G.C., Sundaresan V, McCormick S. A collection of Ds insertional mutants associated with defects in male gametophyte development and function in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics, 181(4):1369-85, 2009.
4. Zhang, D., Wengier, D., Shuai, B., Gui, C., Muschietti, J., McCormick, S., Tang, W. The Pollen Receptor Kinase LePRK2 Mediates Growth-Promoting Signals and Positively Regulates Pollen Germination and Tube Growth. Plant Physiology 148: 1368-1379, 2008.
5. Husbands, A., Bell, E., Shuai, B., Smith, H., Springer, P. LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES defines a new family of DNA-binding transcription factors and can interact with specific bHLH proteins. Nucleic Acids Research. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkm775, 2007.
6. Kaothien, P., Ok, S. H., Shuai, B., Wengier, D., Cotter, R., Kelley, D., Kiriakopolos, S., Muschietti, J., McCormick, S. Kinase Partner Protein interacts with the LePRK1 and LePRK2 receptor kinases and plays a role in polarized pollen tube growth. Plant Journal 42(4): 492-503, 2005.
7. Lin, W-C., Shuai, B., Springer, P. The Arabidopsis LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES-Domain Gene ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2 Functions in the Repression of KNOX Gene Expression and in Adaxial-Abaxial Patterning. Plant Cell 15(10), 2241-2252, 2003.
8. Shuai, B., Reynaga-Peña, C., Springer, P. The LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES gene defines a novel, plant specific gene family. Plant Physiology. 129(2): 747-761, 2002.
9. Tan, R. X., Tang, H. Q., Hu, J., Shuai, B. Lignans and sesquiterpene lactones from Artemisia sieversiana and Inula racemosa. Phytochemistry 49(1): 157-161, 1998.

Courses Taught

Number Course Name
Biol 210 General Biology I
Biol 419 Genetics
Biol 610K Molecular Approach in Plant Biology
Biol 760 Experimental Molecular Biology
Biol 780 Molecular Genetics

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