Ru Zhang
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Research fields
  • Plant Science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Botany, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Current position

She is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford. Her research focuses on photosynthesis in green alga Chlamydomonas and photo-acclimation of amoeba Paulinella chromatophora with evolving plastids.


  1. Zhang, R., Patena, W., Armbruster, U., Gang, S. S., Blum, S. R. and Jonikas, M. C. (2014). High-Throughput Genotyping of Green Algal Mutants Reveals Random Distribution of Mutagenic Insertion Sites and Endonucleolytic Cleavage of Transforming DNA. Plant Cell 26(4): 1398-1409.
  2. Zhang, R., Kramer, D. M., Cruz, J. A., Struck, K. R. and Sharkey, T. D. (2011). The effects of moderately high temperature on zeaxanthin accumulation and decay. Photosynth Res 108(2-3): 171-181.
  3. Zhang, R., Wise, R. R., Struck, K. R. and Sharkey, T. D. (2010). Moderate heat stress of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves causes chloroplast swelling and plastoglobule formation. Photosynth Res 105(2): 123-134.
  4. Sharkey, T. D. and Zhang, R. (2010). High temperature effects on electron and proton circuits of photosynthesis. J Integr Plant Biol 52(8): 712-722.
  5. Zhang, R. and Sharkey, T. D. (2009). Photosynthetic electron transport and proton flux under moderate heat stress. Photosynth Res 100(1): 29-43.
  6. Zhang, R., Cruz, J. A., Kramer, D. M., Magallanes-Lundback, M. E., Dellapenna, D. and Sharkey, T. D. (2009). Moderate heat stress reduces the pH component of the transthylakoid proton motive force in light-adapted, intact tobacco leaves. Plant Cell Environ 32(11): 1538-1547.
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