My research is focused on genomics and systems biology in crop plants, particularly development of genomic and systems biological knowledge and new or advanced technologies for enhanced crop research and breeding. These include re-establishing of the molecular basis and mechanisms of genetics and biology; cloning and characterization of genes and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling traits of agronomic importance; deciphering of the molecular mechanisms of biological phenomena or traits of importance such as quantitative genetics, epigenetics, crop yield, crop quality, heterosis and plant polyploidization; and development of molecular toolkits and associated pipelines for next-generation enhanced crop breeding such as gene-based breeding and crop production such as molecular precision agriculture.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles102
  • Zhang, M., Cui, Y., Liu, Y., Xu, W., Sze, S., Murray, S. C., Xu, S., & Zhang, H. (2020). Accurate prediction of maize grain yield using its contributing genes for gene-based breeding.. Genomics. 112(1), 225-236.
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  • Song, J., Arif, M., Zhang, M., Sze, S., & Zhang, H. (2019). Phenotypic and molecular dissection of grain quality using the USDA rice mini-core collection.. Food Chem. 284, 312-322.
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  • Zhang, X., Yuan, J., Sun, Y., Li, S., Gao, Y. i., Yu, Y., ... Xiang, J. (2019). Penaeid shrimp genome provides insights into benthic adaptation and frequent molting.. Nat Commun. 10(1), 356.
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  • Zhang, M., Liu, Y., Chang, C., Zhi, H., Wang, S., Xu, W., Smith, C. W., & Zhang, H. (2019). Quantification of gene expression while taking into account RNA alternative splicing.. Genomics. 111(6), 1517-1528.
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  • Ji, R., Wang, Y., Cheng, Y., Zhang, M., Zhang, H., Zhu, L. i., Fang, J., & Zhu-Salzman, K. (2016). Transcriptome Analysis of Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae): Insight into Developmental Regulation and Inter-Species Divergence.. Front Plant Sci. 7(OCTOBER2016), 1562.
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  • McPhee, K. E., Croser, J., Sarmah, B., Ali, S. S., Amla, D. V., Rajesh, P. N., Zhang, H. B., & Higgins, T. J. (2007). Development of transgenics in chickpea.. Chickpea breeding and management. 458-473. CABI.
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  • Ren, C., Xu, Z., Sun, S., Lee, M., Wu, C., Scheuring, C., & Zhang, H. (2005). Genomic DNA Libraries and Physical Mapping. The Handbook of Plant Genome Mapping. 173-213. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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  • Wu, C., Sun, S., Lee, M., Xu, Z., Ren, C., Santos, T. S., & Zhang, H. (2005). Whole‐Genome Physical Mapping: An Overview on Methods for DNA Fingerprinting. The Handbook of Plant Genome Mapping. 257-283. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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Conference Papers1
  • Hess, G., Byrne, D. H., & Zhang, H. (2007). TOWARD POSITIONAL CLONING OF EVERBLOOMING GENE (EVB) IN PLANTS: A BAC LIBRARY OF ROSA CHINENSIS CV. 'OLD BLUSH'. Acta Horticulturae. 751(751), 169-174.
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Texas A&M Agrilife Research; Soil & Crop Science; 2474 TAMUS
College Station, TX 77843-2123