Bhattacharya Lab Member - Huan Qiu

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Huan Qiu Ph. D.

Rutgers University
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
59 Dudley Road, 135 Foran Hall
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901



Professional Position




Aug. 2012-present Postdoc/Research Associate Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Rutgers University

Sep. 2010-Jul. 2012


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Maine, USA

Dec. 2009-Aug. 2010


Department of Pharmacology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Dec. 2008-Dec. 2009


Department of Biology, Evolutionary Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

Academic Qualification




Dec. 2005-Nov. 2008

Department of Pharmacology
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Ph.D. (Biology)

Sept. 1999-Jun 2005

College of Life Science and Technology,
Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Bachelor & Master (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Research expertise and skills:

  • Evolutionary genomics, molecular evolution, and phylogenetics

  • Linux, bioinformatic programming, R and a wide range of bioinformatic tools

Professional Presentations

  • Genome reduction drives algal evolution and diversity. Annual meeting of the Phycological Society of America. Philladelphia, PA, USA. Aug. 2015.

  • The rise and fall of genome through algal evolution. Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University. NJ, USA. Apr. 2015

  • Algae on the rocks: adaptation through horizontal gene transfer in the cryptoendolithic red alga Galdieria phlegrea. International Congress of Phycology 10. Orlando, FL, USA. Aug 2013.

  • The ancient gene paralogy may mislead inference of plastid tree of life. Annual meeting of the Phycological Society of America. Charleston, SC, USA. Jun. 2012.


  1. Ball SG, Bhattacharya D, Qiu H, Weber AP. Commentary: Plastid establishment did not require a chlamydial partner. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2016, 6:43.
  2. Qiu H, Cai C, Luo J, Bhattacharya D, Zhang N. Extensive horizontal gene transfers between plant pathogenic fungi. BMC Biol. 2016, 14:41
  3. Bhattacharya D, Agrawal S, Aranda A, …, Qiu H, …, Zoccola D, Falkowski PG. Comparative genomics explains the evolutionary success of reef-forming corals. eLife 2016, 5. pii: e13288.
  4. Foflonker F, Ananyev G, Qiu H, Morrison A, Palenik B, Dismukes GC, Bhattacharya D. The unexpected extremophile: tolerance to fluctuating salinity in the green alga Picochlorum. Algal Research 2016, 16:465-472.
  5. Qiu H, Price D, Yang EC, Yoon HS, Bhattacharya D. Evidence of ancient genome reduction in red algae (Rhodophyta). J Phycol. 2015, 51:624-636.
  6. Luo J, Qiu H, Cai C, Bhattacharya D, Zhang N. Phylogenomic analysis uncovers the evolutionary history of nutrition and infection mode in rice blast fungus and other Magnaporthales. Sci Rep. 2015, 5:9448.
  7. Bhattacharya D, Qiu H, Price D, Yoon HS. Why we need more algal genomes. J Phycol. 2015, 51:1-5.
  8. Foflonker F1, Price DC, Qiu H, Palenik B, Wang S, Bhattacharya D. Genome of the halotolerant green alga Picochlorum sp. reveals strategies for thriving under fluctuating environmental conditions. Environ Microbiol. 2015, 17:412-426.
  9. Yoon HS, Yang EC, Qiu H, and Bhattacharya D. 2014. Photosynthetic Paulinella: Recapitulation of primary plastid establishment. In: Endosymbiosis, (Ed.) W. Loffelhardt. Pp. 151–166. Springer-Verlag Wien.
  10. Qiu H, Price DC, Weber AP, Facchinelli F, Yoon HS, Bhattacharya D. Assessing the bacterial contribution to the plastid proteome. Trends Plant Sci. 2013, 18:680-687.
  11. Qiu H, Price DC, Weber AP, Reeb V, Yang EC, Lee JM, Kim SY, Yoon HS, Bhattacharya D. Adaptation through horizontal gene transfer in the cryptoendolithic red alga Galdieria phlegrea. Curr Biol. 2013, 23:R865-866.
  12. Qiu H, Gołas A, Grzmil P, Wojnowski L. Lineage-specific duplications of Muroidea Faim and Spag6 genes and atypical accelerated evolution of the parental Spag6 gene. J Mol Evol. 2013, 77:119-129.
  13. Bhattacharya D, Price DC, Xin Chan C, Qiu H, Rose N, et al. Genome of the red alga Porphyridium purpureum. Nat. Commun. 2013, 4:1941.
  14. Qiu H, Yoon HS, Bhattacharya D. Algal endosymbionts as vectors of horizontal gene transfer in photosynthetic eukaryotes. Front Plant Sci. 2013, 4:366.
  15. Qiu H, Yang EC, Bhattacharya D, Yoon HS. Ancient gene paralogy may mislead inference of plastid tree of life. Mol Biol Evol. 2012, 29: 3333-3343.
  16. Price DC, Chan CX, Yoon HS, Yang EC, Qiu H, Weber AP, et al. Cyanophora paradoxa genome elucidates origin of photosynthesis in algae and plants. Science. 2012, 335: 843-847.
  17. Nem D, Baranyai D, Qiu H, Gödtel-Armbrust U, Nestler S, Wojnowski L. Pregnane X receptor and yin yang 1 contribute to the differential tissue expression and induction of CYP3A5 and CYP3A4. PLoS One. 2012, 7:e30895.
  18. Kuraku S, Qiu H, Meyer A. Horizontal transfers of Tc1 elements between teleost fishes and their vertebrate parasites, lampreys. Gen Biol Evol. 2012, 4: 929-936.
  19. Mathäs M, Burk O, Qiu H, Nußhag C, Gödtel-Armbrust U, Baranyai D, et al. Evolutionary history and functional characterization of the amphibian xenosensor CAR. Mol Endocrinol. 2012, 26: 14-26.
  20. Dessimoz C, Zoller S, Manousaki T, Qiu H, Meyer A, Kuraku S. Comparative genomics approach to detecting split-coding regions in a low-coverage genome: lessons from the chimaera Callorhinchus milii (Holocephali, Chondrichthyes). Brief Bioinform. 2011, 12: 474-84.
  21. Qiu H, Hildebrand F, Kuraku S, Meyer A. Unresolved orthology and peculiar coding sequence properties of lamprey genes: the KCNA gene family as test case. BMC Genomics. 2011, 12: 325.
  22. Renz AJ, Gunter HM, Fischer JM, Qiu H, Meyer A, Kuraku S. Ancestral and derived attributes of the dlx gene repertoire, cluster structure and expression patterns in an African cichlid fish. Evodevo. 2011, 2:1.
  23. Qiu H, Mathäs M, Nestler S, Bengel C, Nem D, Gödtel-Armbrust U, Lang T, Taudien S, Burk O, Wojnowski L. The unique complexity of the CYP3A4 upstream region suggests a nongenetic explanation of its expression variability. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2010, 20:167-178.
  24. Kumar S, Qiu H, Oezguen N, Herlyn H, Halpert JR, Wojnowski L. Ligand diversity of human and chimpanzee CYP3A4: activation of human CYP3A4 by lithocholic acid results from positive selection. Drug Metab Dispos. 2009, 37:1328-1333.
  25. Qiu H, Taudien S, Herlyn H, Schmitz J, Zhou Y, Chen G, Roberto R, Rocchi M, Platzer M, Wojnowski L. CYP3 phylogenomics: evidence for positive selection of CYP3A4 and CYP3A7. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2008, 18:53-66.
  26. Qiu H, Xia T, Chen X, Zhao X, Gan L, Feng S, Lei T, Yang Z. Cloning, comparative characterization of porcine SCAP gene, and identification of its two splice variants. Mol Genet Genomics. 2006, 276:187-96.
  27. Dai MH, Xia T, Zhang GD, Chen XD, Gan L, Feng SQ, Qiu H, Peng Y, Yang ZQ. Cloning, expression and chromosome localization of porcine adiponectin and adiponectin receptors genes. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2006 Feb;30(2):117-25.
  28. Dai MH, Xia T, Chen XD, Gan L, Feng SQ, Qiu H, Peng Y, Yang ZQ. Cloning and characterization of porcine resistin gene. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2006Feb;30(2):88-97
  29. Feng SQ, Chen XD, Xia T, Gan L, Qiu H, Dai MH, Zhou L, Peng Y, Yang ZQ. Cloning, chromosome mapping and expression characteristics of porcine ANGPTL3 and-4. Cytogenet Genome Res. 2006;114(1):44-9

Updated on July 15, 2016