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YAN Lijun
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Associate Professor
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88 Xuefu Road, Kunming, 650223, Yunnan, China



2014-2015, visit Ph. D., Ecology, Columbus State University, USA 

2013-2014, Ph. D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kunming Institute Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2010-2012, M.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kunming Institute Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2006-2010, B.Sc., Biology, Yunnan University. 



2023.07-now, Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2020.11-2023.06, Associate Professor, Yunnan Normal University 

2016.01-2020.10, Assistant Professor, Yunnan Normal University. 


Research interests:   

My research interests mainly focus on plant evolution, speciation and biodiversity conservation, which includes 

1) Applications of population genomic approaches, computational methods, and field and greenhouse studies to study plant hybridization, adaptive evolution and speciation.  

2) Theories and technologies of sustainable resource utilization and germplasm preservation, which mainly included typical, endemic, seriously threatened (endangered and critical endangered) species and the plants with economic importance, with emphasis on the systematic studies on conservation and acclimatization of the extremely small population plants. 

3) Applications of DNA barcoding approach in species identification, the discovery of new species, community phylogeny, and conservation.  




(* author for correspondence) 

1. Yan Li-Jun*Wang puShi QilongLiu JiaShi YunerChi Likun. 2023. Applications of animal diet analysis based on DNA metabarcoding in ecological research. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 43(8):3007-3019. 

2. Yan Li-Jun#, Zhu Zhi-Guo #, Wang Pei #, Fu Chao-Nan, Guan Xi-Jin, Kear Philip, Zhang Chun-Zhi, Zhu Guang-Tao*. 2023. Comparative analysis of 343 plastid genomes of Solanum section Petota: insights into potato diversity, phylogeny and species discrimination. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 61(4): 599-612. 

3. Zheng Wei#; Yan Li-Jun#; Burgess Kevin S.; Luo Ya-Huang; Zou Jia-Yun; Qin Han-Tao; Wang Ji-Hua; Gao Lian-Ming*. 2021. Natural hybridization among three Rhododendron species (Ericaceae) revealed by morphological and genomic evidence. BMC Plant Biology, 21(1): 529-529. 

4. Yan Li-Jun#, Burgess Kevin S.#, Zheng Wei, Tao Zhi-Bin, Li De-Zhu*, Gao Lian-Ming *. 2019. Incomplete reproductive isolation between Rhododendron taxa enables hybrid formation and persistence. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 61(4):433-448.  

5. Yan Li-Jun, Burgess Kevin S., Milne Richard, Fu Chao-Nan, Li De-Zhu*, Gao Lian-Ming*. 2017. Asymmetrical natural hybridization varies among hybrid swarms between two diploid Rhododendron species. Annals of Botany, 120: 51–61. 

6. Yan Li-Jun, Liu Jie, M?ller Michael, Zhang Lin, Zhang Xue-Mei, Li De-Zhu*, Gao Lian-Ming *. 2015. DNA barcoding of Rhododendron (Ericaceae), the largest Chinese plant genus in biodiversity hotspots of the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains. Molecular Ecology Resources, 15(4): 932-944. 

7. Yan Li-JunZhang Zhi-Rong, Li De-Zhu, Gao Lian-Ming*. 2014. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for the Chinese endemic species Rhododendron spinuliferum. Plant Diversity and Resources, 36(1): 41-46. 

8. Yan Li-Jun, Gao Lian-Ming*, Li De-Zhu*. 2013. Molecular evidence for natural hybridization between Rhododendron spiciferum and R. spinuliferum (Ericaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 51 (4): 426-434. 

9.  Gao Lian-Ming*, Li Yan, Phan Loc Ke, Yan Li-Jun, Thomas Philip, Phan Ke Long, M?ller Michael, Li De-Zhu. 2017. DNA barcoding of East Asian Amentotaxus (Taxaceae): potential new species and implications for conservation. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 55(1): 16-24. 

10. Li Miao-Miao, Meegahakumbura M. Kasun, Yan Li-Jun, Liu Jie, Gao Lian-Ming. 2015. Genetic involvement of Camellia taliensis in the Domestication of C.sinensis var. assamica (Assimica Tea) Revealed by Nuclear Microsatellite Markers[J]. Plant Diversity , 37(01): 29-37. 

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