Zhen-Ming Pei

Pei

Associate Professor of Biology

My laboratory is interested in the early signaling events by which plants sense environmental signals and decode to give the appropriate responses. Upon perception of external signals, cell surface receptors trigger an increase in cytosolic free calcium concentration, which is mediated by ion channels. Our long-term goals are to identify these receptors and ion channels, isolate their interacting components, and assign molecular functions to them. Currently, we are using multidisciplinary approaches of biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, and function genomics to dissect the signaling cascades of external calcium as well as nitric oxide in the model plant Arabidopsis.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Biology

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 3102 Ffsc, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-1000
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8152
  • Email Address: zpei@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology (China), 1993
  • M.S. Fudan University (China), 1990
  • B.S. Lanzhou University (China), 1985

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 213D: Cell Signaling and Diseases
  • BIOLOGY 293: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 412S: Sensory Signal Transduction

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhang, S; Wu, QR; Zhang, HM; Pei, ZM; Gao, JW, Genome-wide identification and transcriptomic data exploring of the cytochrome P450 family in Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa L. ssp. pekinensis), Journal of Plant Interactions, vol 16 no. 1 (2021), pp. 136-155 [10.1080/17429145.2021.1909761] [abs].
  • Zhang, S; Wu, Q-R; Liu, L-L; Zhang, H-M; Gao, J-W; Pei, Z-M, Osmotic stress alters circadian cytosolic Ca2+ oscillations and OSCA1 is required in circadian gated stress adaptation., Plant Signaling & Behavior, vol 15 no. 12 (2020) [10.1080/15592324.2020.1836883] [abs].
  • Crawford, BM; Wang, HN; Strobbia, P; Zentella, R; Pei, ZM; Sun, TP; Vo-Dinh, T, Plasmonic Nanobiosensing: From in situ plant monitoring to cancer diagnostics at the point of care, Jphys Photonics, vol 2 no. 3 (2020) [10.1088/2515-7647/ab9714] [abs].
  • Wu, F; Chi, Y; Jiang, Z; Xu, Y; Xie, L; Huang, F; Wan, D; Ni, J; Yuan, F; Wu, X; Zhang, Y; Wang, L; Ye, R; Byeon, B; Wang, W; Zhang, S; Sima, M; Chen, S; Zhu, M; Pei, J; Johnson, DM; Zhu, S; Cao, X; Pei, C; Zai, Z; Liu, Y; Liu, T; Swift, GB; Zhang, W; Yu, M; Hu, Z; Siedow, JN; Chen, X; Pei, Z-M, Hydrogen peroxide sensor HPCA1 is an LRR receptor kinase in Arabidopsis., Nature, vol 578 no. 7796 (2020), pp. 577-581 [10.1038/s41586-020-2032-3] [abs].
  • Jiang, Z; Zhou, X; Tao, M; Yuan, F; Liu, L; Wu, F; Wu, X; Xiang, Y; Niu, Y; Liu, F; Li, C; Ye, R; Byeon, B; Xue, Y; Zhao, H; Wang, H-N; Crawford, BM; Johnson, DM; Hu, C; Pei, C; Zhou, W; Swift, GB; Zhang, H; Vo-Dinh, T; Hu, Z; Siedow, JN; Pei, Z-M, Plant cell-surface GIPC sphingolipids sense salt to trigger Ca2+ influx., Nature, vol 572 no. 7769 (2019), pp. 341-346 [10.1038/s41586-019-1449-z] [abs].