Pengcheng Zhang


PhD Student

School of Science and the Environment

Research Degree Students

Contact Details

email: zhap1_19@UNI.WORC.AC.UK

Pengcheng is a part-time PhD student in the School of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester. Pengcheng’s main research interest is about the genetic mechanism and molecular signals involved in the intracellular signaling for RNAi within plant cells.

In his PhD project, using a chloroplast-located viroid – the Eggplant latent viroid (ELVd) as a tool and our newly established DCL-RNAi transgenic lines, he is investigating how RNAi spreads from the cytoplasm to chloroplasts and its biological relevance to plant antiviral defence.

Pengcheng is a member of the Zhejiang Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society as well to the Zhejiang Society of Plant Physiology.



2012.06: MSc, Genetics, Hangzhou Normal University, China

2009.06: BSc, Biotechnology, Anhui Science and Technology University, China



2012.07-Present Research Assistant, Hangzhou Normal University, China

2020.01-Present PhD Student, University of Worcester, UK

2016.04-2016.07 Visiting Fellow, University of Warwick, UK



Zhang P, Yu Z, He C, Zhang X, Qin C, Mohamed A, Wang L, Liu S, Jin Z, Meng Q, Zhang Z, Shi N, Tör M, Daròs J, Li S, Liu Y, and Hong Y (2022) RNA silencing response in chloroplast-replicating viroid siRNA biogenesis in plants. Submitted to Journal of Virology.

Yu Z, Wang Y, Mei F, Yan H, Jin Z, Zhang P, Zhang X, Tor M, Jackson S, Shi N, Hong Y (2022) Spinach-based RNA mimicking GFP in plant cells. Functional & Integrative Genomics DOI:10.1007/s10142-022-00835-x.

Yu Z, Chen W, Wang Y, Zhang P, Shi N, Hong Y (2022) Mobile Flowering Locus T RNA - Biological Relevance and Biotechnological Potential. Frontiers in Plant Science 12: 792192.

Yuan C, Li H, Qin C, Zhang X, Chen Q, Zhang P, Xu X, He M, Zhang X, Tör M, Xue D, Wang H, Jackson S, He Y, Liu Y, Shi N, Hong Y (2020) Foxtail mosaic virus-induced flowering assays in monocot crops. Journal of Experimental Botany 71: 3012-3023.

Zhang X, Lai T, Zhang P, Zhang X, Yuan C, Jin Z, Li H, Yu Z, Qin C, Tör M, Ma P, Cheng Q, Hong Y (2019) Mini review: Revisiting mobile RNA silencing in plants. Plant Science 278: 113-117.

Chen W, Zhang X, Fan Y, Li B, Ryabov E, Shi N, Zhao M, Yu Z, Qin C, Zheng Q, Zhang P, Wang H, Jackson S, Cheng Q, Liu Y, Gallusci G, Hong Y (2018) A genetic network for systemic RNA silencing in plant. Plant Physiology 176: 2700-2719.

Yu Z, Chen Q, Chen W, Zhang X, Mei F, Zhang P, Zhao M, Wang X, Shi N, Jackson S, Hong Y (2018) Multigene editing via CRISPR/Cas9 guided by a single-sgRNA seed in Arabidopsis. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 60: 376-381.

Qin C, Li B, Fan Y, Zhang X, Yu Z, Ryabov E, Zhao M, Wang H, Shi N, Zhang P, Jackson S, Tor M, Cheng Q, Liu Y, Gallusci P, Hong Y (2017) Roles of Dicer-Like proteins 2 and 4 in intra- and intercellular Antiviral Silencing. Plant Physiology 174:1067-1081.