Zhen-Ming Pei

Associate Professor of Biology

3102 Ffsc, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-1000
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-1000
(919) 613-8152
My laboratory is interested in the early signaling events by which plants sense environmental signals and decode to give the appropriate responses. Upon perception of external signals, cell surface receptors trigger an increase in cytosolic free calcium concentration, which is mediated by ion channels. Our long-term goals are to identify these receptors and ion channels, isolate their interacting components, and assign molecular functions to them. Currently, we are using multidisciplinary approaches of biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, and function genomics to dissect the signaling cascades of external calcium as well as nitric oxide in the model plant Arabidopsis.


  • Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology (China) 1993

  • M.S., Fudan University (China) 1990

  • B.S., Lanzhou University (China) 1985

Chen, J., F. H. Wu, Q. Xiao, Z. H. Yang, S. K. Huang, J. Wang, Y. G. Wu, X. J. Dong, Z. M. Pei, and H. L. Zheng. “Diurnal variation of nitric oxide emission flux from a mangrove wetland in Zhangjiang River Estuary, China.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 90, no. 4 (December 30, 2010): 212–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2010.09.002. Full Text

Wu, F., T. Liu, Z. Pei, and H. Zheng. “Calcuim depletion in forest ecosystem induced by acid rain: A review.” Shengtai Xuebao/ Acta Ecologica Sinica 30, no. 4 (December 1, 2010): 1081–88.

Chen, Lei, Fei-Hua Wu, Ting-Wu Liu, Juan Chen, Zhen-Ji Li, Zhen-Ming Pei, and Hai-Lei Zheng. “Soil acidity reconstruction based on tree ring information of a dominant species Abies fabri in the subalpine forest ecosystems in southwest China.Environmental Pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) 158, no. 10 (October 2010): 3219–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2010.07.005. Full Text

Chen, J., Q. Xiao, E. Wu, Z. M. Pei, J. Wang, Y. G. Wu, and H. L. Zheng. “Nitric oxide emission from barley seedlings and detached leaves and roots treated with nitrate and nitrite.” Plant, Soil and Environment 56, no. 5 (January 1, 2010): 201–8. https://doi.org/10.17221/231/2009-pse. Full Text

Chen, J., Q. Xiao, F. H. Wu, Z. M. Pei, and H. L. Zheng. “Effects of environmental stress on nitric oxide emission from Hordeum vulgare seedlings.” Chinese Journal of Ecology 28, no. 10 (October 1, 2009): 1971–76.

Ru, Q. M., L. R. Zhang, J. D. Chen, Z. M. Pei, and H. L. Zheng. “Microwave-assisted extraction and identification of polysaccharide from Lycoris aurea.” Chemistry of Natural Compounds 45, no. 4 (July 1, 2009): 474–77. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10600-009-9404-0. Full Text

Wu, F. H., Z. M. Pei, and H. L. Zheng. “Eco-physiological effect of calcium imbalance caused by environmental acidification; A review.” Chinese Journal of Ecology 28, no. 7 (July 1, 2009): 1373–80.

Ru, Q. M., Q. Xiao, P. Lin, Z. M. Pei, and H. L. Zheng. “Short- and long-term effects of NaCl on physiological and biochemical characteristics in leaves of a true mangrove, Kandelia candel.” Russian Journal of Plant Physiology 56, no. 3 (May 1, 2009): 363–69. https://doi.org/10.1134/S1021443709030091. Full Text

Wang, Xiao Qin, Ping Fang Yang, Zheng Liu, Wei Zhong Liu, Yong Hu, Hui Chen, Ting Yun Kuang, Zhen Ming Pei, Shi Hua Shen, and Yi Kun He. “Exploring the mechanism of Physcomitrella patens desiccation tolerance through a proteomic strategy.Plant Physiology 149, no. 4 (April 2009): 1739–50. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.108.131714. Full Text