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Principal Investigator
Jing Che   Ph.D  
Title Professor
Phone +86-871-68125516
Fax +86-871-68125517
Address Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences 32 Jiaochang Donglu, Kunming, Yunnan, 650223, P.R. China
Zip Code 650201

06/2000  B.Sc,  Biology, College of Life Sciences, Southwest University, China.

06/2003  M.Sc,  Zoology, College of Life Sciences, Southwest University, China.

12/2006  Ph.D.,  Herpetology, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, China.

12/2006–09/2008  Assistant researcher, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS.

10/2008–10/2012  Associate Professor, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS.

11/2008–4/2009  Visiting scholar, Integrative Biology Department, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), University of California at Berkeley, CA.

10/2011–12/2011  Senior visiting scholar, Integrative Biology Department, University of Texas at Austin, TX.

09/2012–  Principal Investigator (PI), Professor, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS.

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Research in my laboratory focuses on the population, evolutionary, and conservation genetics of amphibians and reptiles using a combination of fieldwork and molecular genetic analyses. We are interested in how historical and ongoing processes have shaped the patterns of biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles that exist today, and what contemporary patterns of genetic variation can tell us about the history, ecology, evolutionary attributes and conservation status.
Much of our current work is engaged in species from three interesting regions: China’s Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Hengduan Mountain Ranges, Southeast Asia, and the mainland of East China and nearby islands.
Most of the work in the lab is organized around themes shown as below:
1)Using “DNA Barcode” technique in combination of morphological and ecological studies, to investigate diversity of cryptic species and improve our knowledge on overall herpetological diversity in China and Southeast Asia
2)Systematics (mostly focus on the molecular phylogeny of amphibians, reptiles to a lesser)
3)Biogeography (especially mechanisms of speciation and biodiversity formation, ,??????)
4)Conservation genetics (Chinese giant salamander,??????)
5)Phenotypic adaptation to local environment and its underlying evolutionary mechanisms: Combined with ecological, behavioral, physiological, genetic and other aspects, we would like to explore the phenotypic adaptation and its evolutionary mechanism for those typical amphibians tolerant of extreme environments.
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(*corresponding author; # equal first author) 


50. Yuan ZY#, Zhow WW#, Chen X#, Poyarkov JRNA, Chen HM, Jang-Liaw NH, Chou WH, Matzke NJ, Iizuka K, Min MS, Kuzmin SL, Zhang YP*, Cannatella DC*, Hillis DM*, Che J* 2016 Spatiotemporal diversification of the true frogs (Genus Rana): A historical framework for a widely studied group of model organisms. Systematic Biology, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw055. 

49. Guo P*, Liu Q, Chu F, Zhong GH, Chen X, Myers EA, Che J, Zhang L, Ziegler T, Nguyen TQ, Burbrink FT 2016 Complex longitudinal diversification across South China and Vietnam in Stejneger;s pit viper, Viridovipera stejnegeri (Schmidt, 1925) (Reptilia: Serpentes: Viperidae). Molecular Ecology, 25: 2920–2936. 

48. Yan F#, Jiang K#, Wang K, Jin JQ, Suwannapoom C, Li C, Vindum JV, Brown RM, Che J* 2016 The Australasian frog family Ceratobatrachidae in China, Myanmar and Thailand: discovery of a new Himalayan forest frog clade. Zoological Research, 37(1): 7-14. 

47. Jiang K#, Yan F#, Wang K, Zou DH, Li C, Che J* 2016 A new genus and species of treefrog from Medog, southeastern Tibet, China (Anura, Rhacophoridae). Zoological Research, 37(1): 15-20. 

46. Jiang K, Wang K, Yan F, Xie J, Zhou DH, Jiang JP, Li C, Che J* 2016 A new species of the genus Amolops (Amphibia: Ranidae) from southeastern Tibet, China. Zoological Research, 37(1): 31-40. 

45. Jiang K, Wang K, Zhou DH, Yan F, Li PP, Che J* 2016 A new species of the genus Scutiger (Anura: Megophryidae) from Medog of southeastern Tibet, China. Zoological Research, 37(1): 21-30. 

44. Wang K, Jiang K, Zhou DH, Yan F, Siler CD, Che J* 2016 Two New Species of Japalura (Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae) from the Hengduan Mountain Range, PR China. Zoological Research, 37(1): 41-56. 

43. Che J*, Wang K 2016 AmphibiaChina: an online database of Chinese Amphibians. Zoological Research, 37(1): 57-59. 

42. Suwannapoom C#, Yuan ZY#, Chen JM, Hou M, Zhao HP, Wang LJ, Nguyen ST, Nguyen QT, Murphy WR, Sullivan J, Mcleod SD, Che J* 2016 Taxonomic revision of the Chinese Limnonectes (Anura, Dicroglossidae) with the description of a new species from China and Myanmar. Zootaxa, 4093 (2): 181–200. 

41. Yuan ZY, Suwannapoom C, Yan F, Poyarkov JRNA, Nguyen NS, Chen HM, Chomdej S, Murphy WR, Che J* 2016 Red River barrier and Pleistocene climatic fluctuations shaped the genetic structure of Microhyla fissipes complex (Anura: Microhylidae) in southern China and Indochina. Current Zoology, 1–13. 

40. 蒋珂,王剀,杨军校,金洁琼,邹大虎,颜芳,潘虎君,车静* 2015 西藏两栖纲新纪录两种及缅甸树蛙记述.四川动物 (2). 


39. Shao Y, Wang LJ, Zhong L, Hong ML, Chen HM, Murphy RW, Wu DD*, Zhang YP*, Che J* 2015 Transcriptomes reveal the genetic mechanisms underlying ionic regulatory adaptations to salt in the crab-eating frog. Scientific Reports, 5: e17262. 

38. Sun YB#, Xiong ZJ#, Xiang XY#, Liu SP, Zhou WW, Tu XL, Zhong L, Wang L, Wu DD, Zhang BL, Zhu CL, Yang MM, Chen HM, Li F, Zhou L, Feng SH, Huang C, Zhang GJ, Irwin D, Hillis DM*, Murphy RW, Yang HM, Che J*, Wang J*, Zhang YP* 2015. Whole-genome sequence of the Tibetan frog Nanorana parkeri and the comparative evolution of tetrapod genomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 112(11), E1257-E1262. 

37. Song B, Cheng SF, Sun YB, Zhong X, Jin JQ, Guan R, Murphy RW, Che J, Zhang YP, Liu X* 2015. A genome draft of the legless anguid lizard, Ophisaurus gracilis. Gigascience, 4:17 doi: 10.1186/s13742-015-0056-7. 

36. Wang K, Jiang K, Pan G, Hou M, Slier CD, Che J* 2015 A New Species of Japalura (Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae) from Upper Lancang (Mekong) Valley of Eastern Tibet, China. Asian Herpetological Research, 6(3): 159–168. 

35. Geng XF, Wei H, Shang H, Zhou M, Chen B, Zhang F, Zang X, Li P, Sun J, Che J, Zhang YP, Xu C* 2015 Data from proteomic analysis of the skin of Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus). Data in Brief, 3: 99-102. 


34. Zhou WW, Zhang BL, Chen HM, Jin JQ, Yang JX, Wang YY, Jiang K, Murphy RW, Zhang YP*, Che J* 2014 DNA barcodes and species distribution models evaluate threats of global climate changes to genetic diversity: a case study from Nanorana parkeri (Anura: Dicroglossidae). Plos One, 9 (8) | e103899  

33. Yuan ZY, Zhao HP, Jiang K, Hou M, He LZ, Murphy RW, Che J* 2014 Phylogenetic Relationships of the Genus Paramesotriton (Caudata: Salamandridae) with the Description of a New Species from Qixiling Nature Reserve, Jiangxi, Southeastern China and a Key to the species. Asian Herpetological Research, 5(2): 67–79. 

32. Ngyyen SN, Jin JQ, Zhou WW, Vo BD, Nguyen LT, Che J, Murphy RW*, Zhang YP* 2014 DNA barcoding of Vietnamese bent-toed geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) and the description of a new species. Zootaxa, 3784(1): 48-66. 

31. Chen X, Jiang K, Guo P, Huang S, Rao DQ, Ding L, Takeuchi H, Che J, Zhang YP, Myers EA, Buebeink FT* 2014 Assessing species boundaries and the phylogenetic position of the rare Szechwan ratsnake, Euprepiophis perlaceus (Serpentes: Colubridae), using coalescent-based methods. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70: 130-136. 


30. Nguyen SN, Le TNT, Tran TAD, Orlov NL, Lathrop A, Macculloch RD, Le TDT, Jin JQ, Nguyen LT, Nguyen TT, Hoang DD, Che J*, Murphy RW*, Zhang YP* 2013. Phylogeny of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis species complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Vietnam with the description of two new species. Zootaxa, 3737(4): 399414. 

29. Yuan ZY, Jiang K, Ding LM, Zhang L, Che J* 2013. A New Newt of the Genus Cynops (Caudata: Salamandridae) from Guangdong, China. Asian Herpetological Research, 4(2): 116–123. 

28. Jiang K, Yan F, Suwannapoom C, Chomdej S, Che J* 2013. A new species of the genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from northern Thailand. Asian Herpetological Research, 4(2): 100–108. 

27. Murphy RW*, Crawford AJ, Bauer AM, Che J, Donnellan SC, Fritz U, Haddad CFB, Nagy ZT, Poyarkov NA, Vences M, Wang WZ, Zhang YP 2013. Cold Code: the global initiative to DNA barcode amphibians and nonavian reptiles. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13(2): 161–167. 

26. Yan F, Zhou WW, Zhao HT, Yuan ZY, Wang YY, Jiang K, Jin JQ, Murphy RW, Che J*, Zhang YP* 2013. Geological events play a larger role than Pleistocene climatic fluctuations in the genetic structure of the montane stream-dwelling frog Quasipaa boulengeri (Anura: Dicroglossidae) in southern China. Molecular Ecology, 22(4): 1120–1133.  

25. Zhou WW, Yan F, Fu J, Wu SF, Murphy RW, Che J*, Zhang YP* 2013. River islands, refugia, and genetic structuring in the endemic brown frog Rana kukunoris (Anura, Ranidae) of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Molecular Ecology, 22, 130-142. 


24. Jiang K, Chen TB, David P, Vogel G, Hou M, Yuan ZY, Meng YJ, Che J* 2012. On the occurrence of Oligodon joynsoni (Smith, 1917) in China (Squamata: Colubridae). Asian Herpetological Research, 3(4): 316-321. 

23. Poyarkov NA, Che J, Min MS, Kuro-o M, Yan F, Li C, Iizuka K, Vieites DR* 2012. Monograph: Review of the systematics, morphology and distribution of Asian Clawed Salamanders, genus Onychodactylus (Amphibia, Caudata: Hynobiidae), with the description of four new species. Zootaxa, 3465: 1–106. 

22. Jiang K, Rao DQ, Yuan SQ, Wang JS, Li PP, Hou M, Che MH, Che J* 2012. A new species of the genus Scutiger (Anura: Megophryidae) from southeastern Tibet, China. Zootaxa, 3388: 29–40. 

21. Spinks P, Thomson RC, Zhang YP, Che J, Wu Y, Shaffer HB* 2012. Species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in the critically endangered Asian box turtle genus Cuora. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 3: 656–667. 

20. Zhou WW, Wen Y, Fu J, Xu YB, Jin JQ, Ding L, Min MS, Che J*, Zhang YP* 2012. Speciation in the Ranachensinensis complex and its relationship to the uplift of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Molecular Ecology, 21: 960973. 

19. Dong BJ, Che J, Ding L, Huang S, Murphy RW, Zhao EM, Zhang YP* 2012. Testing hypotheses of Pleistocene population history using coalescent simulations: refugial isolation and Secondary Contact in Pseudepidalea raddei (Amphibia: Bufonidae). Asian Herpetological Research, 3(2): 103–113. 

18. Che J, Chen HM, Yang JX, Jin JQ, Jiang K, Yang ZY, Murphy RW, Zhang YP* 2012. Universal COI primers for DNA barcoding amphibians. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12: 247258.  


17. Yuan ZY, Jiang K, Lu SQ, Yang JX, Nguyen QT, Nguyen TT, Jin JQ, Che J* 2011. A phylogeny of the Tylototritonasperrimus group (Caudata: Salamandridae) based on a mitochondrial study: suggestions for a taxonomic revision. Zoological Research, 32: 577584. 

16. Yan F, Jiang K, Chen HM, Fang P, Jin JQ, Li Y, Wang SN, Murphy RW, Che J*, Zhang YP*. 2011. Matrilineal history of the Rana longicrus species group (Rana, Ranidae, Anura) and the description of a new species from Hunan, southern China. Asian Herpetological Research, 2: 6171. 


15. Che J, Zhou WW, Hu JS, Yan F, Papenfuss TJ, Wake DB, Zhang YP* 2010. From the Cover: Spiny Frogs (Paini) illuminate the history of the Himalayan region and Southeast Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107: 1376513770. 

14. Zhang DR, Chen MY, Murphy RW, Che J, Pang JF, Hu JS, Luo J, Wu SJ, Ye H, Zhang YP* 2010. Genealogy and palaeodrainage basins in Yunnan Province: phylogeography of the Yunnan spiny frog, Nanorana yunnanensis (Dicroglossidae). Molecular Ecology, 19: 34063420. 

13. Yang JX, Zhou WW, Rao DQ, Poyarkov AN, Kuzmin SL, Che J* 2010. The validity and systematic position of Ranaaltaica (Rana: Ranidae): Results of a phylogenetic analysis. Zoological Research, 31: 353–360. 


  12. Li J, Che J, Murphy RW, Zhao H, Zhao EM, Rao DQ, Zhang YP* 2009. New insights to the molecular phylogenetics and generic assessment in the Rhacophoridae (Amphibia: Anura) based on five nuclear and three mitochondrial genes, with comments on the evolution of reproduction. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53: 509–522. 

11. Sang NN, Murphy RW, Orlov NL, Che J 2009. The herpetofauna of Hon Chong area, KienGiang Province, southern Vietnam”, Beleaguered Hills: Managing the Biodiversity of the Remaining Karst Hills of KienGiang, Vietnam. NongNghiep Publishing, Ho Chi Minh City. pp. 7991. (in English) 

10. Bain RH, Stuart BL, Truong NQ, Che J, Rao DQ 2009. A new Odorrana (Amphibia: Ranidae) from Vietnam and China. Copeia, 2: 348–362. 

9. Che J, Hu J, Zhou W, Murphy RW, PapenfussTJ, Chen MY, Rao DQ, Li P, Zhao EM*, Zhang YP* 2009. Phylogeny of the Asian spiny frog tribe Paini (Family Dicroglossidae) sensu Dubois. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 50: 59–73. 


8. Min MS, Park SK, Che J, Park DS, Lee H 2008. Genetic diversity among local populations of the gold-spotted pond frog, Rana plancyichosenica (Amphibia: Ranidae) assessed by mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and control region sequences. Korean Journal of Systematic Zoology, 24: 25–32. 

7. Che J, Wen Y, Zhou W, Halike M 2008. Confirmation of Buforaddei in Xinjiang. Sichuan Journal of Zoology, 27:422–423. (in Chinese) 

6. Zhao HT, Che J*, Zhou W, Chen YX, Zhao HP, Zhang YP* 2008. A new species of Paramesotriton (Caudata: Salamandridae) from Guizhou Province, China. Zootaxa, 1775: 51–60.  

5. Li JT, Che J, Bain RH, Zhao EM, Zhang YP* 2008. Molecular phylogeny of Rhacophoridae (Anura): A framework of taxonomic reassignment of species within the genera Aquixalus, Chiromantis, Rhacophorus, and Philautus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 48:302–312. 


4. Cai HX, Che J, Pang JF, Zhao EM, Zhang YP* 2007. Paraphyly of Chinese Amolops (Anura, Ranidae) and phylogenetic position of the rare Chinese frog, Amolops tormotus. Zootaxa, 1531:49–55. 

3. Che J, Pang J, Zhao H, Wu GF, Zhao EM, Zhang YP* 2007. Molecular phylogeny of the Chinese ranids inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 35:29–39. 

2. Che J, Pang J, Zhao H, Wu GF, Zhao EM, Zhang YP* 2007. Phylogeny of Raninae (Anura: Ranidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 43:1–13. 

1. Che J, Pang J, Zhao EM, Matsui M, Zhang YP* 2007. Phylogenetic relationships of the Chinese brown frogs (genus Rana) inferred from partial mitochondrial 12S and 16S rRNA gene sequences. Zoological Science, 24:71–80. 

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