Fei Chen

  • Name in Chinese: 陈 飞
  • Office: 102, North administrative building, Nanjing Agricultural University
  • Current Addr: 1, Weigang Rd., Xuanwu District, Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China
  • Hometown: Wuxi, Jiangsu
  • E-mail: feichen@njau.edu.cn
  • Website: www.eplant.org

Research and Professional Experience

Plant evolutionary biology

Horticultural plants

Horticultural plant genomics

  • Since the release of Arabidopsis genome sequences in 2000, more than 400 plant genome sequences have become available. Meanwhile, multiple technologies and bioinformatics tools have been developed to sequence, assemble, annotate, and analyze the plant genomes. All these data and tools have greatly helped us to better understand the evolutionary histories of plant species and provide genomics resources for molecular studies on economically important traits. Horticultural plants (fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, beverage and medicinal plants) play important roles in our life and ecosystems. Despite more than 100 horticultural plant genomes decoded, genomes of a greater number of species remain unavailable. To promote the effort, Prof. Max Cheng and I have launched the horticultural plant genome project (HPGP). See the genome decoded or non-decoded hort. plants at: http://horticulture.eplant.org. Submit your paper on hort. plant genome at: Horticulture Research.
  • I have participated in decoding the genomes of orchid Dendrobium catenatum, the sweet olive Osmanthus fragrans, the Chinese cabbage Brassica rapa.

    Water lily studies

  • My major research focus is the researches on water lilies. Currently I have participated in decoding the genome of the water lily Nymphaea sp., generated the transgenic pipeline of water lily, studied the mitochondria, the stomata, the epigenetic genes, floral genes of water lily.
  • October 2010 - Present

    Plant genomic tools

    Database and pipelines

    With the rapid development of genome sequencing technology, more and more flowering plant genomes have been decoded. However, to store and visualize so many genomic data and other related information remain a big challenge. I have set up the eplant database (www.eplant.org) in 2017, hoping to be a one-stop platform for plant biologists.

    October 2014 - Present

    Education and training

    University of Tennessee

    Visiting scholar, major in plant science

    2014 - 2016

    Nanjing Agricultural University

    Ph.D in Horticulture

    2011 - 2016

    Nanjing Agricultural University

    B. sc in Biotechnology

    2007 - 2011

    Research Interests

    1. Genome biology

    2. Database and Data visualization

    3. Molecular horticulture


    2019-2021, National Natural Science Foundation China, Youth Grant, 260K CNY | 国家自然科学基金青年基金项目,

    2018-2020, a grant from Fujian Provincial Natural Science Foundation | 福建省自然科学基金, 面上项目, 100K CNY

    2017-2018,open fund of the State Key Laboratory of Fujian-Taiwan crops | 省部共建闽台作物有害生物生态防控国家重点实验室,开放基金,50K, CNY

    Social service

    Associate editor of Hortic. Res.

    Guest editor of the special issue of "Horticultual Plant Genome" by Hortic. Res., see here

    Reviewer of the NSFC grants | 入选国家自然科学基金评议专家。

    Reviewer of Peer J., Plant Cell Environ., Sci. Rep., Hortic. Res., Hort. Plant. J., Plant Cell Rep., etc.

    Second level award for breeding novel cultivars of lotus and water lilies and for their landscape applications | 荣获:浙江省林业局林学会第十九届科技兴林奖,二等,荷花和睡莲新品种选育及园林应用技术,证书编号:2019(II)08-R06