Education and work experience
2014.9-2020.6 CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences 2010.9-2014.6 Yanshan University
There are various mechanisms for insects to adapt to varying environments, along with many different phenotypes at the population level. Insects are ideal materials for adaptive evolution research. We are interested in revealing the mechanism of Bayesian mimicry in the adaptive evolution of insects
Current research projects
Elymnias hypermnestra is a sexually dimorphic Batesian mimic of several model species. We will de novo sequence and assemble the reference genome. We will collect and sequence Elymnias hypermnestra of different geographical populations. Based on genotype–phenotype correlation analysis, gene expression analysis, population genomic study and gene editing system, we plan to identify mimicry related genes and detect the genetic structures for all sampling populations. The results will also provide theoretical basis for adaptive evolution.
Wu N, Evans E, Van Schooten B, Meléndez-Rosa J, Ortiz Y, Planas Soto-Navarro S, Van Belleghem S, Counterman B, Papa R*, and Zhang W*. Widespread gene expression divergence in butterfly sensory tissues plays a fundamental role during reproductive isolation and speciation. Mol. Biol. Evol. 2022, In press
Fang G#, Zhang Q#, Chen X#, Cao Y, Wang Y, Qi M, Wu N, Qian L, Zhu C, Huang Y*, Zhan S*. The draft genome of the Asian corn borer yields insights into ecological adaptation of a devastating maize pest. Insect. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2021, 138: 103638.
Wang, Y#, Fang, G#, Chen, X, Cao, Y, Wu, N, Cui, Q, Zhu, C, Qian, L, Huang, Y*, Zhan, S*. The genome of the black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2021, 139: 103665.
Li X, Liu Q, Liu H, Bi H, Wang Y, Chen X, Wu N, Xu J, Zhang Z, Huang Y.*, Chen H.*. Mutation of doublesex in Hyphantria cunea results in sex-specific sterility. Pest Manag. Sci. 2020, 76(5): 1673-1682.
Wu N#, Zhang S#, Li X#, Cao Y, Liu X, Wang Q, Liu Q, Liu H, Hu X, Zhou X, James AA, Zhang Z, Huang Y, Zhan S. Fall webworm genomes yield insights into rapid adaptation of invasive species. Nature Ecology Evolution, 2019, 3: 105-115. ( #: co-first author )
Quan Q, Hu X, Pan B, Zeng B, Wu N, Fang G, Cao Y, Chen X, Li X, Huang Y, Zhan S. Draft genome of the cotton aphid Aphis gossypii. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2019, 105: 25-32.
Li X, Liu Q, Liu H, Bi H, Wang Y, Chen X, Wu N, Xu J, Zhang Z, Huang Y, Chen H. Mutation of doublesex in Hyphantria cunea results in sex-specific sterility. Pest Management Science, 2019.