Susheng Gan
  • Horticulture Section and Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, USA
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University. Research interests: translational research on plant senescence; sustainable agriculture; bioenergy; gene regulation; growth & development; abscission and postharvest biology


  1. Zhang, K., Xia, X., Zhang, Y. and Gan, S. S. (2012). An ABA-regulated and Golgi-localized protein phosphatase controls water loss during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. Plant J 69(4): 667-678.
  2. Zhang, K. and Gan, S. S. (2012). An abscisic acid-AtNAP transcription factor-SAG113 protein phosphatase 2C regulatory chain for controlling dehydration in senescing Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Physiol 158(2): 961-969.
  3. Guo, Y. and Gan, S. S. (2012). Convergence and divergence in gene expression profiles induced by leaf senescence and 27 senescence-promoting hormonal, pathological and environmental stress treatments. Plant Cell Environ 35(3): 644-655.
  4. Zhu, P., Xu, L., Zhang, C., Toyoda, H. and Gan, S.-S. (2012). Ethylene produced by Botrytis cinerea can affect early fungal development and can be used as a marker for infection during storage of grapes. Postharvest Biology and Technology 66: 23-29.
  5. Davies, P. and Gan, S. (2012). Towards an integrated view of monocarpic plant senescence. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology 59(4): 467-478.
  6. Kou, X., Watkins, C.B. and Gan, S. (2012) Delayed senescence and decoupling of ethylene climacterics and respiration in siliques of Arabidopsis atnap knockout mutant. Jounal of Experimental Botany (under review).
  7. Gan, S. (2012) Convergence between leaf senescence and hypersensitive response. Plant Molecular Biology (July issue).
  8. Guo, Y. and Gan, S. (2011). AtMYB2 regulates whole plant senescence by inhibiting cytokinin-mediated branching at late stages of development in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 156(3): 1612-1619.
  9. Yang, X., Winter, C.M., Xia, X. and Gan, S. (2011) Genome-wide analysis of intergenic regions in Arabidopsis thaliana suggests the existence of bidirectional promoters and genetic insulators. Current Topics in Plant Biology 12:15-33.
  10. Gan, S. (2010) Hormonal control of plant senescence. In: Plant Hormones: Biosynthesis, Signal Transduction, Action! (Revised 3rd edition; Ed. Peter Davies). Springer. pp. 597-617.
  11. Zhou, C., Cai, Z., Guo, Y. and Gan, S. (2009). An arabidopsis mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade, MKK9-MPK6, plays a role in leaf senescence. Plant Physiol 150(1): 167-177.
  12. Zhou, C. and Gan, S. (2009) Senescence. In: Plant Developmental Biology: Biotechnological Perspectives (ed by E. C. Pua and M. R. Davey). pp151-169, Springer.
  13. Ponce-Valadez, M., Fellman, S. M., Giovannoni, J., Gan, S.-S. and Watkins, C. B. (2009). Differential fruit gene expression in two strawberry cultivars in response to elevated CO 2 during storage revealed by a heterologous fruit microarray approach. Postharvest biology and technology 51(2): 131-140.
  14. Zhou, C., Lakso, A. N., Robinson, T. L. and Gan, S. (2008). Isolation and characterization of genes associated with shade-induced apple abscission. Mol Genet Genomics 280(1): 83-92.
  15. Gan, S. (editor) (2007) Senescence Processes in Plants. Blackwell Publishing. 350 pages.
  16. Gan, S. (2007) Mitotic senescence in plants. In: Senescence Processes in Plants. Blackwell Publishing, p.1-11.
  17. Guo, Y. and Gan, S. (2007) Genetic manipulation of leaf senescence. In: Senescence Processes in Plants. Blackwell Publishing, p.304-322.
  18. Guo, Y. and Gan, S. (2006). AtNAP, a NAC family transcription factor, has an important role in leaf senescence. Plant J 46(4): 601-612.
  19. Swartzberg, D., Dai, N., Gan, S., Amasino, R. and Granot, D. (2006). Effects of cytokinin production under two SAG promoters on senescence and development of tomato plants. Plant Biol (Stuttg) 8(5): 579-586.
  20. Guo, Y. and Gan, S. (2005). Leaf senescence: signals, execution, and regulation. Curr Top Dev Biol 71: 83-112.
  21. Gan, S. (2005) Hormonal regulation of senescence. In: Plant Hormones: Biosynthesis, Signal Transduction, Action! (P.J. Davies ed.) Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Ca. 800 pp. 561-581.
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