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Yan Xu

Yan XuProfessor of Biology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-6227
  • Email:
  • Office: G-308
  • Office Hours: M 1:30-3:00; R 9:45-11:15; Other times by appointment


  • B.S., Nanjing University, P.R. China
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University

Courses Offered:

  • Plant Physiology (BIOL 324)
  • Medicinal Plants (BIOL 347)
  • Food Science (BIOL 346)
  • Epidemiology (BIOL 204)
  • Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (SCIN 220/NURS 220)
  • Fundamentals of Biology II (BIOL 113)
  • Introduction to Biology (BIOL 101)

Research Interests:

  • Plant growth under abiotic and biotic stress conditions
  • Eco-friendly plant growth regulators/hormones
  • Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects of herbs
  • Shelf life of fresh produce
  • Culinary art and nutrition

Recent Publications:

  • Xu, Y. and B. Huang. 2019. Cytokinin-regulated metabolic changes conferring heat and drought tolerance in perennial grass species. 4th Edition of the Handbook of Plant  & Crop Physiology (Book Chapter, Accepted)
  • Liu, H., J. Li, Y. Chen, Y. Xu and J. Xu. 2018. Profiling of heat-responsive microRNAs in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.). Current Bioinformatics 13:319-327.
  • Courtney, A. (’15), J. Xu and Y. Xu*. 2016. Responses of growth, antioxidants and gene expression in smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) to various levels of salinity. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 99: 162-170.
  • Jespersen, D., E. Merewitz, Y. Xu, J. Honig, S. Bonos, W. Meyer and B. Huang. 2016. Quantitative trait loci associated with physiological traits for heat tolerance in creeping bentgrass. Crop Science 56: 1314-1329.
  • Mapes, C. (’13) and Y. Xu*. 2014. Photosynthesis, vegetative habit, and culinary properties of sage (Salvia officinalis) in response to low-light conditions. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 94: 881-889.
  • Xu, Y., H. Du and B. Huang. 2013. Identification of metabolites associated with superior heat tolerance in thermal bentgrass through metabolic profiling. Crop Science 53: 1626-1635.
  • Xu, Y., C. Zhan and B. Huang. 2011. Heat shock proteins in association with heat tolerance in grasses. International Journal of Proteomics Volume 2011 (doi:10.1155/2011/529648).
  • Bernstein, N., M. Shoresh, Y. Xu and B. Huang. 2010. Involvement of the plant antioxidative response in the differential growth sensitivity to salinity of leaves vs. roots during cell development. Free Radical Biology and Medicine 49: 1161-1171.
  • Xu, Y., T. Gianfagna and B. Huang. 2010. Proteomic analysis associated with expression of a gene (ipt) controlling cytokinin synthesis for improving heat tolerance in a perennial grass species. Journal of Experimental Botany 61: 3273-3289.
  • Zhang, Y. C. Liang, Y. Xu, T. Gianfagna and B. Huang. 2010. Effects of ipt gene expression on leaf senescence induced by nitrogen or phosphorus deficiency in creeping bentgrass.Journal of the American Society for Horticulture Science 135: 108-115.
  • Xu, Y. and B. Huang. 2010. Responses of creeping bentgrass to trinexapac-ethyl and two commercial biostimulants under summer stress. HortScience 45: 125-131.
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