Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of Department

Contact Information:

Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543

6516 3048
6779 2486

Curriculum vitae

Administrative Services

2017-present, Head, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
2017-present, Board Director, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
2015-2017, Executive Director, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
2014-2017, Vice Dean, Faculty of Science (FoS), NUS
2014-present, FoS Research Committee Member, NUS
2013-2014, University Promotion and Tenure Committee Member, NUS
2012-2013, Chairman of Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee, FoS, NUS
2011-2012, Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee Member, FoS, NUS
2009-2012, Graduate Executive Committee Member, FoS, NUS
2009-2012, Deputy Head in the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), FoS, NUS
2009-2012, Chairman of the Department Graduate Committee, DBS, FoS, NUS
2009-2012, Department Executive Committee Member, DBS, FoS, NUS
2010-present, Resident member of the University Research Committee Expert Panel, NUS

Research Areas

Functional genomics; Plant reproductive development; Phytohormone signaling; Urban farming; Crop breeding

Research Interests

The completion of the Arabidopsis genome sequence is a critical milestone of plant science. At current stage, a publicized goal is to clarify the function of all sequenced Arabidopsis genes. My interests are to investigate gene regulatory networks involved in the control of reproductive development and hormone signaling in Arabidopsis. Studies on Arabidopsis not only gain basic information on developmental mechanisms, but also provide useful information on classical breeding or genetic manipulation of economically important crops, such as orchid, rice and vegetables.


2020: Elected Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science
2017 & 2020: Provost’s Chair, Faculty of Science, NUS
2016: Singapore National Research Foundation Investigatorship
2013: Singapore President Science Award
2011: Outstanding Scientist Award, Faculty of Science, NUS
2011: Dean’s Chair, Faculty of Science, NUS
2009: Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
2007: Singapore Youth Award for Science and Technology
2007: NUS Young Researcher Award
2006: Singapore National Academy of Sciences and A*STAR Young Scientist Award
2002 & 2003: National University of Singapore Overseas Fellowship
2001: Gold medal of International Society of Plant Molecular Biology for outstanding PhD thesis

Membership on Editorial Boards or Scientific Advisory Boards:

  1. F1000 faculty member in Plant Biology (Plant Genetics & Gene Expression, since Nov 2016)
  2. Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (Annual Reviews; Editorial Committee Member from Jan 2016 to Dec 2020)
  3. eLife (eLife Sciences Publications; Reviewing Editor since Sep 2015)
  4. PLoS Genetics (Public Library of Science; Associate Editor since Aug 2012)
  5. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (National Academy of Sciences-USA, Guest Editor since Aug 2016)
  6. Plant Communications (Cell Press; Editorial Board member since Jan 2020)
  7. Small Structures (Wiley Press; Editorial Advisory Board member since Mar 2020)
  8. Frontiers in Plant Evolution and Development (Frontiers Research Foundation in Switzerland and Nature Publishing Group; Review Editor since Jan 2011)
  9. Academic Advisory Board member for the School of Life Sciences, Management Development Institute of Singapore (since Jul 2011)
  10. Elected overseas expert for Chinese Academy of Sciences (since 2014)
  11. International evaluation panel member for Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014)
  12. International evaluation panel member for Center of Excellence in Plant Molecular Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015)
  13. International advisor for National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Japan (since 2015)
  14. International reviewer for the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB), Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2017)
  15. International evaluation panel member for Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018)
  16. External Examiner for Faculty Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2019)
  17. Nominated Member for National Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC), Singapore (2020).

Reviewer for International Refereed Journals:

Science, Nature Genetics, Developmental Cell, PLoS Biology, Nature Plants, Trends in Plant Science, Current Biology, Plant Cell, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, PLoS Genetics, Development, Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, PLoS ONE, Cell Research, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, New Phytologist, Journal of Experimental Botany, Molecular Plant, Plant Molecular Biology, Advances in Botanical Research, Journal of Plant Physiology, Plant Cell Reports, Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, TSW Development & Embryology, GM crops, Euphytica, 3Biotech, Journal of Bioscience, Plant Signaling & Behavior, Scientia Horticulturae, Floriculture and Ornamental Biotechnology

Selected Publications

International refereed journals

  1. Zhang B, Li C, Li Y, Yu H (2020) Mobile TERMINAL FLOWER1 determines seed size in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants doi:10.1038/s41477-020-0749-5.

  2. Chen Y, Song S, Gan Y, Jiang L, Yu H* and Shen L* (2020) SHAGGY-like kinase 12 regulates flowering through mediating CONSTANS stability in Arabidopsis. Science Advances 6: eaaw0413 (*Co-corresponding author).

  3. Liu L, Li C, Teo ZWN, Zhang B, Yu H (2019) The MCTP-SNARE complex regulates florigen transport in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 31: 2475–2490.

  4. Liang Z, Geng Y, Ji C, Du H, Wong CE, Zhang Q, Zhang Y, Zhang P, Riaz A, Chachar S, Ding Y, Wen J, Wu Y, Wang M, Zheng , Wu Y, Demko V, Shen L, Han X*, Zhang P*, Gu X*, Yu H* (2019) Mesostigma viride genome and transcriptome provide insights into the origin and evolution of Streptophyta. Advanced Science, 1901850 (*Co-corresponding author).

  5. Bao S, Hua C, Huang G, Cheng P, Gong X, Shen L, Yu H (2019) Molecular basis of natural variation in photoperiodic flowering responses. Developmental Cell 50: 90-101.

  6. Shao Y, Zhou H-Z, Wu Y, Zhang H, Lin J, Jiang X, He Q, Zhu J, Li Y, Yu H, Mao C (2019) OsSPL3, an SBP-domain protein, regulates crown root development in rice. Plant Cell 31: 1257-1275.

  7. Shen L*, Liang Z, Wong CE, Yu H* (2019) Messenger RNA modifications in plants. Trends in Plant Science 24: 328-341 (*Co-corresponding author).

  8. Wu D, Liang Z, Yan T, Xu Y, Xuan L, Tang J, Zhou G, Lohwasser U, Hua S, Wang H, Chen X, Wang Q, Zhu L, Maodzeka A, Hussain N, Li Z, Li X, Shamsi I, Jilani G, Wu L, Zheng H, Zhang G, Chalhoub B, Shen L*, Yu H*, Jiang L* (2019) Whole-genome resequencing of a world-wide collection of rapeseed accessions reveals the genetic basis of ecotype divergence. Molecular Plant 12: 30-43 (*Co-corresponding author).

  9. Zhang Q, Liang Z, Cui X, Ji C, Li Y, Zhang P, Liu J, Riaz A, Yao P, Liu M, Wang Y, Lu T, Yu H, Yang D, Zheng H, Gu X (2018) N6-Methyladenine DNA methylation in Japonica and Indica rice genomes and its association with gene expression, plant development, and stress responses. Molecular Plant 11: 1492-1508.

  10. Song S, Chen Y, Liu L, See YHB, Mao C, Gan Y, Yu H (2018) OsFTIP7 determines auxin-mediated anther dehiscence in rice. Nature Plants 4: 495-504.

  11. Liu L, Li C, Song S, Teo ZWN, Shen L, Wang Y, Jackson D, Yu H (2018) FTIP-dependent STM trafficking regulates shoot meristem development in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports 23: 1879-1890.

  12. Liang Z, Shen L, Cui X, Bao S, Geng Y, Yu G, Liang F, Xie S, Lu T, Gu X*, and Yu H* (2018) DNA N6-adenine methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Developmental Cell 45: 406-416 (*Co-corresponding author).

  13. Li C, Zhang B, Chen B, Ji L, Yu H (2018) Site-specific phosphorylation of TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA1 mediates carbon partitioning in Arabidopsis seeds. Nature Communications 9: 571. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03013-5.

  14. Liu L, Li C, Liang Z, Yu H (2018) Characterization of multiple C2 domain and transmembrane region proteins in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 176: 2119-2132.

  15. Wang Y, Liu L, Song S, Li Y, Shen L, Yu H (2017) DOFT and DOFTIP1 affect reproductive development in the orchid Dendrobium Chao Praya Smile. Journal of Experimental Botany 68: 5759-5772.

  16. Cui X, Liang Z, Shen L, Zhang Q, Bao S, Geng Y, Zhang Bi, Leo V, Vardy LA, Lu T, Gu X*, Yu H* (2017) 5-methylcytosine RNA methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant 10: 1387-1399 (*Co-corresponding author).

  17. Tao Z, Shen L, Gu X, Wang Y, Yu H, He Y (2017) Embryonic epigenetic reprogramming by a pioneer transcription factor in plants. Nature 551: 124-128.

  18. Sawettalake N, Bunnag S, Wang Y, Shen L*, Yu H* (2017). DOAP1 promotes flowering in the orchid Dendrobium Chao Praya Smile. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 400. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00400 (*Co-corresponding author).

  19. Song S, Chen Y, Liu L, Wang Y, Bao S, Zhou X, Teo ZWN, Mao C, Gan Y, Yu H (2017) OsFTIP1 regulation of florigen transport in rice is negatively regulated by a ubiquitin-like domain kinase OsUbDKγ4. Plant Cell 29: 491-507.

  20. Gong X, Shen L, Peng YZ, Gan Yi, Yu H (2017) DNA topoisomerase Iα affects the floral transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 173: 642-654.

  21. Shen L, Liang Z, Gu X, Chen Y, Teo ZWN, Hou X, Cai WM, Dedon PC, Liu L, Yu H (2016) N6-methyladenosine RNA modification regulates shoot stem cell fate in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 38: 186-200.

  22. Zhu Y, Liu L, Shen L, Yu H (2016) NaKR1 regulates long-distance movement of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis. Nature Plants 2: 16075. 

  23. Xi W, Gong X, Yang Q, Yu H*, Liou YC* (2016) Pin1At regulates PIN1 polar localization and root gravitropism. Nature Communications 7: 10430. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10430(*Co-corresponding author).

  24. Chen M, Zhang B, Li C, Kulaveerasingam H, Chew FT, and Yu H (2015) TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA 1 regulates the accumulation of seed storage reserves in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 169: 391–402.

  25. Yan Y, Shen L, Chen Y, Bao S, Thong Z, Yu H (2014) A MYB-domain protein EFM mediates flowering responses to environmental cues in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 30: 437-448.

  26. Hou X, Zhou J, Liu C, Liu L, Shen L, Yu H (2014) Nuclear Factor Y-mediated H3K27me3 demethylation of the SOC1 locus orchestrates flowering responses of Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 5: 4601.

  27. Teo ZWN, Song S, Wang Y-Q, Liu J, Yu H (2014) New insights into the regulation of inflorescence architecture. Trends in Plant Science 19: 158-165.

  28. Shen L, Thong Z, Gong X, Shen Q, Gan Y, Yu H (2014) The putative PRC1 RING-finger protein AtRING1A regulates flowering through repressing MADS AFFECTING FLOWERING GENES in Arabidopsis. Development 141: 1303-1312.

  29. Liu L, Zhu Y, Shen L, Yu H (2013) Emerging insights into florigen transport. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 16: 607-613

  30. Liu C, Teo ZWN, Bi Y, Song S, Xi W, Yang X, Yin Z, Yu H (2013) A conserved genetic pathway determines inflorescence architecture in Arabidopsis and rice. Developmental Cell 24: 612-622.

  31. Ding L, Wang Y, Yu H (2013) Overexpression of DOSOC1, an ortholog of Arabidopsis SOC1, promotes flowering in the orchid Dendrobium Chao Parya Smile. Plant & Cell Physiology 54: 595-608. (Issue Highlight)

  32. Liu L, Liu C, Hou X, Xi W, Shen L, Tao Z, Wang Y, Yu H (2012) FTIP1 is an essential regulator required for florigen transport. PLoS Biology 10: e1001313. (Issue Highlight)

  33. An L, Zhou Z, Sun L, Yan A, Xi W, Yu N, Cai W, Chen X, Yu H, Schiefelbein J, Gan Y (2012) A zinc finger protein gene ZFP5 integrates phytohormone signaling to control root hair development in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 72: 474-490.

  34. Lee LYC, Hou X, Fang L, Fan S, Kumar PP, Yu H (2012) STUNTED mediates the control of cell proliferation by GA in Arabidopsis. Development 139: 1568-1576.

  35. Tao Z, Shen L, Liu C, Liu Lu, Yan Y, Yu H (2012) Genome-wide identification of SOC1 and SVP targets during the floral transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 70: 549-561. (Cover Article)

  36. Shen L, Kang YGG, Liu L, Yu H (2011) The J-domain protein J3 mediates the integration of flowering signals in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 23: 499-514.

  37. Hou X, Lee LYC, Xia K, Yan Y, Yu H (2010) DELLAs Modulate Jasmonate Signaling via Competitive Binding to JAZs. Developmental Cell 19: 884-894.

  38. Xi W, Liu C, Hou X, Yu H (2010) MOTHER OF FT AND TFL1 regulates seed germination through a negative feedback loop modulating ABA signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 22: 1733-1748.

  39. Wang Y, Liu C, Yang D, Yu H* and Liou YC* (2010) Pin1At encoding a peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase regulates flowering time in Arabidopsis. Molecular Cell 37: 112-122 (*Co-corresponding author).

  40. Ng KH, Yu H, Toshiro I (2009) AGAMOUS controls GIANT KILLER, a multifunctional chromatin modifier in reproductive organ patterning and differentiation. PLoS Biology 7: e1000251.

  41. Liu C, Thong Z, Yu H (2009) Coming into bloom: the specification of floral meristems. Development 136: 3379-3391.

  42. Liu C, Xi W, Shen L, Tan C, Yu H (2009) Regulation of floral patterning by flowering time genes. Developmental Cell 16: 711-722. (Issue Highlight)

  43. Hou X, Hu W-W, Shen L, Lee LYC, Tao Z, Han J-H, Yu H (2008) Global identification of DELLA target genes during Arabidopsis flower development. Plant Physiology 147: 1126-1142

  44. Li D, Liu C, Shen L, Wu Y, Chen H, Robertson M, Helliwell CA, Ito T, Meyerowitz EM, Yu H (2008) A repressor complex governs the integration of flowering signals in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 15: 110-120.

  45. Han P, García-Ponce B, Fonseca-Salazar G, Alvarez-Buylla ER, Yu H (2008) AGAMOUS-LIKE 17, a novel flowering promoter, acts in a FT-independent photoperiod pathway. Plant Journal 55: 253-265

  46. Liu C, Chen H, Er HL, Soo HM, Kumar P, Han J-H, Liou YC, Yu H (2008) Direct interaction of AGL24 and SOC1 integrates flowering signals in Arabidopsis. Development 135: 1481-1491.

  47. Ito T, Ng KH, Lim TS, Yu H, Meyerowitz EM (2007) The Homeotic Protein AGAMOUS Controls Late Stamen Development by Regulating a Jasmonate Biosynthetic Gene in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 19: 3516-3529.

  48. Gan Y, Yu H, Peng J, Broun P (2007) Genetic and molecular regulation by DELLA proteins of trichome development in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology 145: 1031-1042.

  49. Chai D, Lee SM, Ng JH, Yu H (2007) L-methionine sulfoximine as a novel selection agent for genetic transformation of orchids. Journal of Biotechnology 131: 466–472.

  50. Gan Y, Liu C, Yu H, Broun P (2007) Integration of cytokinin and gibberellin signalling by Arabidopsis transcription factors GIS, ZFP8 and GIS2 in the regulation of epidermal cell fate. Development 134: 2073-2081.

  51. Liu C, Zhou J, Bracha-Drori K, Yalovsky S, Ito T, Yu H (2007) Specification of Arabidopsis floral meristem identity by repressing flowering time genes. Development 134: 1901-1910.

  52. Gan Y, Kuminoto R, Liu C, Ratcliffe O, Yu H, Broun P (2006) GLABROUS INFLORESCENCE STEMS modulates gibberellin signaling in the regulation of epidermal differentiation and shoot maturation in Arabidospsis. Plant Cell 18: 1383-1395.

  53. Xu Y, Teo LL, Zhou J, Kumar P*, Yu H* (2006) Floral organ identity genes in the Dendrobium orchids. Plant Journal 46: 54-68. (*Co-corresponding author)

  54. Zhao Y, Medrano L, Ohashi K, Fletcher JC, Yu H, Sakai H, Meyerowitz EM (2004) HANABA TARANU is a GATA transcription factor that regulates shoot apical meristem and flower development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 16: 2586-2600.

  55. Yu H, Ito T, Zhao Y, Peng J, Kumar P, Meyerowitz EM (2004) Floral homeotic genes are targets of gibberellin signaling in flower development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101: 7827-7832.

  56. Ito T, Wellmer F, Yu H, Das P, Ito N, Alves-Ferreira M, Riechmann JL, Meyerowitz EM (2004) The Arabidopsis organ identity protein AGAMOUS controls microsporogenesis through regulation of SPOROCYTELESS/NOZZLE. Nature 430: 356-360.

  57. Yu H, Ito T, Wellmer F, Meyerowitz EM (2004) Repression of AGAMOUS-LIKE 24 is a crucial step in promoting flower development. Nature Genetics 36: 157-161.

  58. Yu H, Xu Y, Tan EL, Kumar P (2002) AGAMOUS-LIKE 24, a dosage-dependent mediator of the flowering signals. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99: 16336-16341.

  59. Yu H, Yang SH, Goh CJ (2002) Spatial and temporal expression of the orchid floral homeotic gene DOMADS1 is mediated by its upstream regulatory elements. Plant Mol. Biol. 49: 225-237.

  60. Yu H, Goh CJ (2001) Molecular genetics of reproductive biology in orchids. Plant Physiology 127: 1390-1393.

  61. Yu H, Yang SH, Goh CJ (2000) DOH1, a class 1 knox gene, is required for maintenance of the basic plant architecture and floral transition in orchid. Plant Cell 12: 2143-2159

  62. Yu H, Goh CJ (2000) Identification and characterization of three orchid MADS-box genes of the AP1/AGL9 subfamily during floral transition. Plant Physiology 123: 1325-1336.

Book chapter

  1. Shen L, Yu H (2011) Function of MADS-box proteins in the integration of flowering signals in Arabidopsis. In: Yaish M (ed.) The flowering process and its control in plants: gene expression and hormone interaction. Research Signpost, Kerala, India, pp 31-49.

  2. Yu H, Xu Y (2007) Orchids. In: Pua EC and Davey MR (eds.) Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, Vol 61. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, pp 273-288.

  3. Yu H, Dhavale T, Yang S (2006) Molecular mechanisms of hormone functions in flowering. In: Teixeira da Silva JA. (ed.) Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: Advances and Topical Issues, Ed 1 Vol 1. Global Science Books, London, UK, pp 25-32.