Charles Du

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Dr. Chunguang Du's research interest is bioinformatics, a unique interdisciplinary area, which is the merger of biotechnology and information technology with the goal of revealing new insights and principles in biology. His current grant, entitled “Facile Production and Efficient Indexing of Transposon-tagged Lines Using Next-generation Sequencing Technology for Maize” funded by NSF, uses the next generation sequencing technology to analyze the maize genome. He has been carrying out bioinformatics analysis for sequence assembly, annotation, and mapping of millions of short reads to the maize reference genome. 

Dr. Du's other project is The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP). The Partnership is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute along with fifty other institutions across the country, with the goal of providing research opportunities for undergraduate students. His research results have been published in very prestigious scientific journals, such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Genome Research, BMC Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Genomics, and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction.

Research interests

Bioinformatics, a unique interdisciplinary area, which is the merger of biotechnology and information technology with the goal of revealing new insights and principles in biology.

Scholarly Interests

Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Genomics

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Expert on genomics, bioinformatics, and transposable elements.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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  • Identification of ZmNF-YC2 and its regulatory network for maize flowering time

    Su, H., Chen, Z., Dong, Y., Ku, L., Abou-Elwafa, S. F., Ren, Z., Cao, Y., Dou, D., Liu, Z., Liu, H., Tian, L., Zhang, D., Zeng, H., Han, S., Zhu, F., Du, C. & Chen, Y., 4 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 72, 22, p. 7792-7807 16 p.

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    5 Scopus citations
  • Large-scale reconstruction of chromatin structures of maize temperate and tropical inbred lines

    Tian, L., Ku, L., Yuan, Z., Wang, C., Su, H., Wang, S., Song, X., Dou, D., Ren, Z., Lai, J., Liu, T., Chen, Y., Liu, T. & Du, C., 4 May 2021, In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 72, 10, p. 3582-3596 15 p.

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  • facilitating growth through frustration: Using genomics research in a course-based undergraduate research experience

    Lopatto, D., Rosenwald, A. G., DiAngelo, J. R., Hark, A. T., Skerritt, M., Wawersik, M., Allen, A. K., Alvarez, C., Anderson, S., Arrigo, C., Arsham, A., Barnard, D., Bazinet, C., Bedard, J. E. J., Bose, I., Braverman, J. M., Burg, M. G., Burgess, R. C., Croonquist, P., Du, C., & 83 othersDubowsky, S., Eisler, H., Escobar, M. A., Foulk, M., Furbee, E., Giarla, T., Glaser, R. L., Goodman, A. L., Gosser, Y., Haberman, A., Hauser, C., Hays, S., Howell, C. E., Jemc, J., Logan Johnson, M., Jones, C. J., Kadlec, L., Kagey, J. D., Keller, K. L., Kennell, J., Catherine Silver Key, S., Kleinschmit, A. J., Kleinschmit, M., Kokan, N. P., Kopp, O. R., Laakso, M. M., Leatherman, J., Long, L. J., Manier, M., Martinez-Cruzado, J. C., Matos, L. F., McClellan, A. J., McNeil, G., Merkhofer, E., Mingo, V., Mistry, H., Mitchell, E., Mortimer, N. T., Mukhopadhyay, D., Myka, J. L., Nagengast, A., Overvoorde, P., Paetkau, D., Paliulis, L., Parrish, S., Preuss, M. L., Price, J. V., Pullen, N. A., Reinke, C., Revie, D., Robic, S., Roecklein-Canfield, J. A., Rubin, M. R., Sadikot, T., Sanford, J. S., Santisteban, M., Saville, K., Schroeder, S., Shaffer, C. D., Sharif, K. A., Sklensky, D. E., Small, C., Smith, M., Smith, S., Spokony, R., Sreenivasan, A., Stamm, J., Sterne-Marr, R., Teeter, K. C., Thackeray, J., Thompson, J. S., Peters, S. T., van Stry, M., Velazquez-Ulloa, N., Wolfe, C., Youngblom, J., Yowler, B., Zhou, L., Brennan, J., Buhler, J., Leung, W., Reed, L. K. & Elgin, S. C. R., Feb 2020, In: Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 21, 1

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    Open Access
    6 Scopus citations
  • Long-read sequencing reveals genomic structural variations that underlie creation of quality protein maize

    Li, C., Xiang, X., Huang, Y., Zhou, Y., An, D., Dong, J., Zhao, C., Liu, H., Li, Y., Wang, Q., Du, C., Messing, J., Larkins, B. A., Wu, Y. & Wang, W., 1 Dec 2020, In: Nature Communications. 11, 1, 17.

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    Open Access
    26 Scopus citations
  • Adaptation of photosynthesis to water deficit in the reproductive phase of a maize (Zea mays L.) inbred line

    Zheng, H. F., Xin, L. F., Guo, J. M., Mao, J., Han, X. P., Jia, L., Zheng, B. Y., Du, C. G., Elmore, R. W., Yang, Q. H. & Shao, R. X., 1 Jan 2019, In: Photosynthetica. 57, 2, p. 399-408 10 p.

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    Open Access
    2 Scopus citations