Department of Botany                                            

North Carolina State University                 

Raleigh, NC 27695-7612



Molecular systematics and evolution, evolutionary genetics of ecological adaptation, evolutionary developmental genetics, phylogeography, and conservation genetics; with emphases on the dogwoods and relatives (Cornales), rare or endangered plant species, intercontinental disjunct plant taxa in the northern hemisphere.



B. S. 1982 Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China, in Plant Genetics

Ph.D. 1995 Washington State University, in Botany-Plant Molecular Systematics



PUBLICATIONS since 2009 (Asterisks * indicate students, postdocs, visiting scholars, or technicians mentored):

  1.   Jian Zhang*, Robert G Franks, Xiang Liu*, Ming Kang, Jonathan EM Keebler, Schaff Jennifer, Hongwen Huang, Qiuyun (J) Xiang. Comparative 454 transcriptome sequencing in dogwoods (Cornus L.) – identification of potential candidate genes for evolutionary developmental biology and phylogenomic studies. BMC Genomics. In review.
  2.   Zhao*, YP, WW Ma, QY Dai, ZCn Qi, P Li, KM Cameron, QY(J) Xiang+, CX Fu+. Comparative phylogeography of Smilax hispida (Smilicaceae) – Testing allopatric speciation in eastern Asia and origin of template elements of Mexico. New Phytologist. In review.
  3.   Harris*, WK, J Wen, and QY(J) Xiang. Inferring the biogeographic origins of inter-Continental Disjunct Endemics using a Bayes-DIVA Approach. Journal of Systematics and Evolution.  In revision.
  4.   Guo*, YL, AS. Weakley, QY (J) Xiang.  Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of Philadelphus (Hydrangeaceae) --- New Insights into the Infrageneric Classification and Phylogenetic Affinity of Carpenteria. TAXON. In Revision.
  5.   Feng*, CM, X Liu*, Y Yu*, WH Zhang*, DY Xie, RG Franks, and QY(J) Xiang.  2012. Independent developmental origins and divergent B-class MADS-box gene expression patterns in petaloid bracts of Cornus s. l. (Cornaceae). New Phytologist. Online: DOI:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04255.x. Cover page.
  6. Liu*, X, CM Feng*, R Franks, R Qu, DY Xie, and QY(J)  Xiang. 2012. Plant regeneration and genetic transformation of C. canadensis: a non-model plant appropriate for investigation of flower development in Cornus (Cornaceae). Plant Cell Report. DOI 10.1007/s00299-012-1341-x.
  7. Liu*, J, ZC Qi, YP Zhao, CX Fu and Q-Y(J) Xiang. 2012. Chloroplast DNA phylogenomics of Monocots – Insights into the placement of Liliales and influences of gene partitions.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 64: 545-562.
  8.   Feng*, CM, QY(J) Xiang, RG Franks (Co-corresponding authors). 2011. Phylogeny-based developmental analyses illuminate evolution of inflorescence architectures in dogwoods (Cornus s. l., Cornaceae) New Phytologist. 191:850-869. Cover page. (Xiang and Franks are co-corresponding authors).
  9. Xiang, QY(J), DT Thomas, and QP Xiang. 2011. Resolving and dating the phylogeny of Cornales- effects of taxon sampling, data partitions, and fossil calibrations. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 59: 123-138.
  10. Douglas*, NA., AW Wall*, QY(J) Xiang, TR Wentworth, WA Hoffmann, MG Hohmann. 2011. Recent vicariance and the origin of the rare, edaphically specialized Sandhills Lily, Lilium pyrophilum (Liliaceae): evidence from phylogenetic and coalescent analyses. Molecular Ecology. 20:2901-2915. Cover page.
  11. Post*, AR, R Ali, A Krings, J Xiang, BR Sosinski, JC Neal. 2011. On the Identity of the Weedy Bittercresses (Cardamine: Brassicaceae) in United States Nurseries: Evidence from Molecules and Morphology.  Weed Science : 59: 123-135. 
  12. Boufford, DE, CX Fu, QY Xiang and Y P Zhao.  2010.  Observations on Buckleya (Thesiaceae ) in China.  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 4: 281-286.
  13. Wall*, AW, NA Douglas*, QY(J) Xiang, WA Hoffmann, TR Wentworth, and MG Hohmann. 2010. Evidence for range stasis during the latter Pleistocene for the Atlantic Coastal Plain endemic genus, Pysidanthera Michaux. Molecular Ecology 19: 4302-4314.
  14. Manchester, SR, QY (J) Xiang, and QP Xiang. 2010. Fruits of Cornelian cherries (Cornaceae: Cornus Subg. Cornus) in the Paleocene and Eocene of the Northern Hemisphere. International Journal of Plant Sciences.171:882–891.
  15. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (as one of the contributors). 2009. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society .161: 105–121.
  16. Wen, J, Xiang, QY, Qian, H, Li, J, Wang, XQ & Ickert-Bond, SM. 2009. Intercontinental and intracontinental biogeography—patterns and methods. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 47, 327-330.
  17. Manchester, SR, QY(J) Xiang, TM Kodrul, and M Akhmetiev. 2009. Leaves of Cornus (Cornaceae) from the Paleocene of North America and Asia confirmed by trichome characters. International Journal of Plant sciences. 170:132–142.
  18. Feng*, CM, SR, Manchester, QY(J) Xiang. 2009. Phylogeny and biogeography of Alangiaceae (Cornales) inferred from DNA sequences, morphology, and fossils. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 51:201-214.
  19. Feng*, CM, R. Qu, LL Zhou, DY Xie, and QY(J) Xiang. 2009. Shoot regeneration of dwarf dogwood (Cornus canadensis L.) and morphological characterization of the regenerated plants. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult. 97:27-37.
  20. Harris*, AJ and QY(J) Xiang, 2009. Estimating ancestral distributions of lineages with uncertain sister groups: a statistical approach to dispersal–vicariance analysis and a case using Aesculus L. (Sapindaceae) including fossils. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 47: 349–368.
  21. Harris* AJ, QY(J) Xiang, and DT Thomas*. 2009. Molecular and morphological inference of the phylogeny, origin, and biogeographic History of Aesculus L. (Sapindaceae or Hippocastanaceae). TAXON 58:1-19.
  22. Peters*, M., QY(J) Xiang, and J Stucky. 2009. Genetic analyses of the federally endangered Echinacea laevigata using amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP) - Inferences in population genetic structure and mating system. Conservation Genetics. 10: 1-14.
  23. Xiang, QP, QY(J), Xiang, YY Guo, and XC Zhang. 2009. Phylogeny of Abies (Pinaceae) inferred from ITS sequence data. TAXON 58: 141-152.
  24. Post, AR; JC Neal, A Krings,BR Sosinski, QY Xiang. 2009. New Zealand bittercress (Cardamine corymbosa; Brassicaceae): new to the United States. Weed Technology 23: 604-607.
  25. Post*, AR., A Krings, QY Xiang, BR Sosinski, and JC Neal.  2009.  Lectotypification of Cardamine flexuosa (Brassicaceae).  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 3:227-230.