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HAN Tingshen
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Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China


Ting-Shen Han, Ph.D., Associate Professor, memberships of Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS, and Yunnan Thousand Youth Talents. Research topic: speciation and adaptation of polyploid plants. 



2012.09-2016.12: Ph.D. in Botany, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2009.09-2012.06: M.Sc. in Botany, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2005.09-2009.06: B.S. in Biological Science, Xinyang Normal University 



2020.05-present: Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2017.01-2020.04: Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Abroad experience: 

2018.12-2019.12: CSC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA 


Research interests: 

Our research is focused on the speciation and adaptation of polyploid plants. Using methods of evolution, ecology and genomics, we estimate the role of polyploids in species diversification, and demonstrate their adaptive mechanisms or contribution in trait novelty. Two main ongoing works including: 

(1)     The origin of polyploid plants in high mountains; and their evolutionary and genetic basis of high-altitude adaptation; 

(2)     The role of natural ploidy variation involved in speciation and trait novelty. 


Selected publication: 

(1)     Han TS, Zheng QJ, Onstein RE, Rojas-Andrsés BM, Hauenschild F, Muellner-Riehl AN, Xing YW. 2020. Polyploidy promotes species diversification of Allium through ecological shifts. New Phytologist, 225: 571-583. 

(2)     Han TS, Wu Q, Hou XH, Li ZW, Zou YP, Ge S, Guo YL. 2015. Frequent introgressions from diploid species contribute to the adaptation of the tetraploid Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris). Molecular Plant, 8: 427-438. 

(3)     Yang L, Wang HN, Hou XH, Zou YP, Han TS, Niu XM, Zhang J, Zhao Z, Todesco M, Balasubramanian S, Guo YL. 2018. Parallel evolution of common allelic variants confers flowering diversity in Capsella rubella. Plant Cell, 30: 1322-1336.  

(4)     Zou YP, Hou XH, Wu Q, Chen JF, Li ZW, Han TS, Niu XM, Yang L, Xu YC, Zhang J, Zhang FM, Tan DY, Tian ZX, Gu HY, Guo YL. 2017. Adaptation of Arabidopsis thaliana to the Yangtze River basin. Genome Biology, 18: 239. 

(5)     Wu Q, Han TS, Chen X, Chen JF, Zou YP, Li ZW, Xu YC, Guo YL. 2017. Long-term balancing selection contributes to adaptation of Arabidopsis and its relatives. Genome Biology, 18: 217. 

(6)     Li ZW, Chen X, Wu Q, Hagmann J, Han TS, Zou YP, Ge S, Guo YL. 2016. On the origin of de novo genes in Arabidopsis thaliana populations. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8: 2190-2202. 

(7)     Yan ZB, Guan HY, Han WX, Han TS, Guo YL, Fang JY. 2015. Reproductive organ and young tissues show constrained elemental composition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annals of Botany, 117(3): 431-439. 

(8)     Yan ZB, Kim NY, Han WX, Guo YL, Han TS, Du EZ, Fang JY. 2015. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus supply on growth rate, leaf stoichiometry, and nutrient resorption of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant and Soil, 388: 147-155. 



(1)   2020-2023, Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS (¥800,000) 

(2)   2019-2021, National Natural Science Foundation of China (¥270,000) 

(3)   2018-2021, Yunnan Thousand Youth Talents Program (¥500,000) 

(4)   2018-2020, “Light of West China” Program (B), CAS (¥150,000) 




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