Jianxin Shi

Research Professor

  • Tel: +86-021-34207174
  • Email: jianxin.shi@sjtu.edu.cn
  • Address: 1-101, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Lab Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jianxin-Shi-4
  • Dr. Shi received his B Sc. from Shanxi Agricultural University in 1988, M Sc. from Southwest University in 1991, and Ph. D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) in 2007. Dr. Shi jioned SJTU in 2010. Dr. Shi’s research interests focus on the safety assessment of GMOs and food safety, metabolomics, and plant cuticle biology.

Education and Research Experience


  • 2007, Ph. D, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
  • 1991, M. Sc, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • 1988, B. Sc, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, China

Academic Experiences

  • 2019- 2020, Visting Scientisit, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
  • 2007-2010, Postdoctorate researcher, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
  • 1991-2011, researcher,  Shanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Taigu, China 

Research Interests

Regulation of plant cuticle metabolism and its effects on plant development ...

Using combined genetic, biochemical, molecular, and omics approaches to functional characterize lipid metabolism related enzymes and protein-coding genes in context of plant male development (anther and pollen development) and responses to temperature and fungal diseases

Development of molecular methods to characterize genetically modified and ge...

Using nucleic acid based methods (PCR, inverse PCR, PCR, Tail digital PCR, RT-PCR, NGS) and metabolite based methods (metabolomics) to characterize the molecular features of genetically modifed and genome editted crops at both DNA and metabolite levels, based on which to develop event specific detection methods for safety assessement and monitoring. To validate molecular characteristics of genetically modified crops provided by MARA.

Molecular and biochemical mechanisms underlying plant seed development and q...

Using combined genetic (including population genetic), biochemical, molecular and bioinformatics approaches to uncover the molecular mechanisms of seed development and seed lipid natural variations.

Selected Publications

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    OsTKPR1 functions in anther cuticle development and pollen wall formation in rice. BMC Plant Biology, 2019 19:104. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-019-1711-4


    Development of methods for effective identification of CRISPR/Cas9-induced indels in rice. Plant Cell Reports, 2019, 38(4): 503-510. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00299-019-02392-3


    Arabidopsis HSP70-16 is required for flower opening under normal or mild heat stress temperatures. Plant Cell and Environment. 2019; 42:1190–1204. https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.13480


    Rice fatty acyl-CoA synthetase OsACOS12 is required for tapetum programmed cell death and male fertility. Planta. 2017, 246:105–122. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-017-2691-y


    Molecular characterization of genetically-modified crops: Challenges and strategies. Biotechnology Advance. 2017, 35(2):302-309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.01.005

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    Identification of conserved and diverse metabolic shifts during rice grain development. Scientific Reports. 2016, 6: 20942. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep20942


    Metabolic changes in transgenic maize mature seeds over-expressing the Aspergillus niger phyA2. Plant Cell Report. 2016, 35(2), 429-437. https://doi.org/ 10.1007/s00299-015-1894-6


    Genetic and biochemical mechanisms of pollen wall development. Trends in Plant Science. 2015, 20(11): 741-753. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2015.07.010


    Metabolic variation between japonica and indica rice cultivars as revealed by non-targeted metabolomics. Scientific Reports 2014, 4: 5067. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep05067


    Metabolic map of mature maize kernels. Metabolomics 2014, 10 (5): 775-787. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11306-014-0624-3

Teaching Experiences

  • 2012, Supervisor of M Sci students
  • 2016, Supervisor of Ph. D students
  • Undergraduate Courses: Introcuction to Biosafety (2012-2016, 32 Class hours/year, bilingual); Principles and Methods of Biochemical Analysis (2012-2014, 8Class hours/year, bilingual); Plant Biotechnology (2016-2017,2 Class hours/year, bilingual)
  • Postgraduate Courses: Biosafety (2012-2016, 32 Class hours/year, bilingual; 2017-2018,32 Class hours/year,  English); Principles and Applications of Biochemical Techniques (2013-2014,  12 Class hours/year, bilingual)and Signal Transduction of Animals, Plants and Microorganisms (2013-2014,6 Class hours/year,  English)
  • 1. The genetic basis and regulatory network of OsLP1 underlying the natural variation of triacylglycerol level in rice seeds, NSFC Normal Project, 2020-2023
  • 2. Function and molecular mechanism of Arabidopsis heat shock protein (AtHSP70X) mediated lipid metabolism in flower opening, NSFC Normal Project, 2017-2020
  • 3. Molecular mechanism of plant sphingolipids in regulating hypoxia response based on lipidomics, NSFC-ISF Jiont Project, 2014-2017
  • 4. Safety and risk assessement of biohazards occurred in food processiong, 973 sub-project, 2011-2015
  • 5. Identification and verification of molecular characteristics of genetically modified organisms, China National Transgenic Plant Special Fund, 2016-2020
  • 6. Multi-point identification and comprehensive evaluation of genetically modified crops, China National Transgenic Plant Special Fund, 2017-2020

Selected Grants


  • Student
  • Graduates