applying for postdoc in zebrafish

Xinhong DONG dong_xinhong at
Fri Sep 18 10:08:12 EST 1998

Dear Sirs/Madams: 

I am pleased to apply a post-doc. position in zebrafish research.

Now, I am a post-doctoral fellow in Institute of Oceanology of Chinese 
Academy of Sciences. I have done some work on zebrafish cytogenetics and 
molecular genetics. I am very much interested at zebrafish research. I 
hope that I could keep up my future research career on this species.

I have done lots of works about fish cell and molecular genetics. All 
these include: 
(1)  Zebrafish cell and molecular biology: Zebrafish, including two 
species of the genus Brachydanio, B.frankei and B. rerio, is used as an 
experimental model in our laboratory. Inducing gynogenesis and ploidy 
manipulation were used to study this genus. Gynogenetic diploid and 
triploid zebrafish, diploid and triploid hybrids between B.frankei and 
B.rerio have been induced and studied. A research project, establishing 
a homozygous transgenic(GFP) zebrafish pure line has been developed 
well. With the methods of inducing gynogenesis, sex reverse and nuclear 
transplantation, we have developed several interesting lines and some 
vectors for high-level expression of cloned gene GFP in prokaryotic and 
eukaryotic cells.
(2) Fish molecular population genetics: That is the establishment of 
molecular genetic markers and the microevolution in different strains of 
carp. With the techniques of mitochondrial DNA RFLPs, isozyme and 
nuclear DNA RAPD, the genetic population of 5 strains of carp, were 
studied, including 20 kinds of endonucleases being used to the analysis 
of mtDNA and 40 kinds of 10mer random primer being used to the RAPD 
analysis. At the same time, a pair of synthesized primers, were used to 
amplify the 16s rRNA gene.
(3) Cellular and molecular mechanisms of gynogenetic fish: The diploid 
and triploid hybrids between carp and crucian carp were induced. The 
sexual reproduction of the diploid hybrid was observed. Males with 
sterility, and female with reduced fertility were studied. The 
cytogenetic and biochemistry genetic proofs proved that diploid eggs, 
which were produced by diploid hybrid female, were due to the first 
meiosis abortion. The triploid hybrid was induced, by diploid hybrid's 
backcrossing with carp. This inducing pathway is named as genome 
addition. Male triploid hybrid is sterile and female is reduced 
fertility. A hypothesis of two control systems in the gametogenesis is 
advanced. The facts, which some female triploid hybrid with natural 
gynogenetic reproduction, were proved with means of cytogenetic and 
molecular genetic methods. The results give a direct proof that 
unisexual fishes with clonal reproduction in nature are hybrid origins. 
The study on the early fertilization process of first generation of 
triploid hybrid showed that seldom occurring polyspermic fertilization 
belonged to pathological polyspermic fertilization instead of 
physiological polyspermic fertilization. The following generations of 
triploid hybrid, with monospermic fertilization,  did not fuse with 
sperm nucleus with unisexual reproduction. A new pathway to induce 
gynogenetic fish was advanced. That is inducing gynogenetic fishes with 
interspecific hybrids. 

In addition, I have mastered many techniques about cellular and 
molecular biology including cell culture, tissue section, chromosome 
banding, laser scanning cofocal imaging system, DNA sequencing, physical 
mapping, gel electrophoresis, PCR, RAPD, genomic mapping, DNA 
fingerprinting, isozyme techniques, molecular hybridization, 
construction of vectors, gene cloning, SEM, TEM and so on. 

Sincerely yours,

Xinhong DONG, Ph.D.
Experimental Marine Biology Laboratory
Institute of Oceanology
The Chinese Academy of Sciences
7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao, 266071
e-mail: dong_xinhong at
Fax: 86-532-2879235



NAME: Dong Xinhong
BORN: July 28,1969
SEX: Male
ADDRESS: Experimental Marine Biology Laboratory
Institute of Oceanology
The Chinese Acadeny of Sciences
7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071
P. R. China.
PERMANENT ADDRESS: Dr. Xinhong DONG c/o Mr. Dong Xinhua,The Library, 
Hua-Zhong Agricultural University, Shizishan, Wuhan, Hubei  430070, 
FAX: 86-532-2879235
TEL.: 86-532-2879062-5205 
E-mail: dong_xinhong at  

 1988,7-1992,7 	Department of Biology, Wuhan University; B.S. degree, 
major in Microbiology and Immunology.
 1992,9-1997,7	Department of Fish Genetics and Breeding, Institute of 
Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ph.D. degree, major in Fish 
Molecular and Cell Genetics.  

 1990,2-1990,7  research assistant of professor Zhang chufu(the 
department of biochemistry, the school of life science, Wuhan Univ.),my 
research work included purification of phytic acid  with sephadex 
del-filtration and chromatographic analysis, metaolic transformation of 
phytic acid.
 1992,2-1992,7 	research assistant of both professor Wei Yangbao(the 
department of microbiology and immunology, the school life science, 
Wuhan Univ.), and professor Cao junwei(the department of microbiology 
and immunology, the school of life science, Wuhan Univ.), my research 
work included some enzymatic properties of some new species of the 
family Bacillus.
 1992,7-now    a member of Chinese Society of Biochemistry & Molecular 
 1992,7-1997,7  Ph.D. student of Prof. Wu Chingjiang(the department of 
genetics, the Chinese academy of Sciences).
 1992,4-1994,7  focusing on the study of the cellular and molecular 
mechanisms of gametogenesis, chromosome behavior at meiosis, 
fertilization and development in both a diploid gynogenetic hybrid and 
an triploid gynogenetic hybrid between carp and crucian carp.
 1994,8-1995,7  establishment of a homozygous transgenic zebrafish pure 
 1995,8-1996,7  analyzing genetic polymorphism in a population of 
Cyprinus carpio in China, with the methods of analyzing RAPD, mtDNA 
RFLP, sequencing, AFLP and DNA fingerprinting.
 1996,7-1997,6	seeking genetic marker in diploid and triploid 
gynogenetic hybrid with the method of DNA fingerprinting.
 1997,8-now    a post-doctor of the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese 
Academy of Sciences, my research area on: (1) molecular genetic marker 
and microevolution in natural population of marine animals; (2) 
molecualr developmental biology of marine animals; (3) transgenic marine 

zebrafish molecular genetics.


1.Li, R., Zhang, W., Dong, X., and Zhang, C.,1990. The studies on the 
biochemical characteristics of phytic acid. Journal of Wuhan 
University(Natural Science Edition), 4: 116-122.
2.Wang, Y., Dong, X., Cao, J., Wei, Y., and Chen, S.,1992  The studies 
on characteristics of eight strains of alkalophilic Bacteria Bacillus 
and their alkaline pectinases. Journal of Wuhan University(Natural 
Science Edition), 4: 97-105.
3.Dong, X., and Wu, C.,1994. Comparative studies on the micropylar 
apparatus in four freshwater fishes with scanning electron microscope. 
Annual Report of FEBL: 103-107.
4.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu C.,1994. The fine structure of spermatozoa in 
two kinds of porgy fishes. Annual Report of FEBL: 109-114.
5.Dong, X., Ye,Y., and Wu, C.,1995. Scanning electron microscopic 
observations on initial stages of sperm penetration into the egg of an 
artificial multiple triploid carp. Annual Report of FEBL:45-51.
6.Ye, Y., Dong, X., Wu, C., and Hu, J.,1995. Initial studies on the 
mechanism of activity of sperm in yellowfin porgy. Journal of Fishery 
Sciences of China,2(5):61-64.
7.Tong, J., Dong, X., and Wu C.,1997. Induced triploid and gynogenesis 
in zebrafish. Acta Zoologica Sinica,43(3):264-269.
8.Ye, Y., Wu,C., and Dong, X.,1997. The studies on the reproductive 
biology of Caryfish. Reservoir Fisheries, 5:9-11.
9.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu, C.,1998. Spermiogenesis in the 
yellowfin(Sparus latus Houttuyn), with emphasis on the associated 
mitochondrion. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 
10.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu,C.,1998. Cytological basis of polyspermic 
fertilization in artificial multiple triploid carp. Developmental and 
Reproductive Biology,7(1):41-47.
11.Ye, Y., Dong, X., and Wu,C.,1998. The genetic proof on artificial 
triploid hybrid with natural gynogenesis. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 
12.Dong, X., and Xiang, J.,1998. The establishment and conservation of 
the germplasm bank of the marine animals. In: Marine Biotechnology 
(Tseng, C.K., et al., eds), Shandong Science and Technology Press, 
13.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu,C.,1998. Sexually differentiated mechanisms 
of sterility in male artificial multiple triploid hybrid. Acta 
Hydrobiologica Sinica( final revision with 8 pages will be issued in Vol 
22, No.4.)  
14.Dong, X., and Wu,C.,1998. The influence of the different gene dosage 
on the micropyle. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology ( final 
revision with 7 pages will be issued in Vol.16, No.4.).
15.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu, C.,1998. Synaptonemal complex analysis of 
spermatocytes in the diploid and triploid hybrids of carp and crucian 
carp. Acta Zoologica Sinica, (final revision with 5 pages will be issued 
in Vol. 44, No.3.)
16.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu, C.,1998. The difference of fertility 
between male and female occurring in diploid and triploid hybrids. 
Oceanologia et Limnologia Sinica( final revision with 8 pages will be 
issued in Vol.29, No.6.)
17.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu,C. The study on the maturation division in 
the oogenic process of the triploid hybrids. Acta Biologiae 
Experimentalis Sinica(accepted).
18.Dong, X., Ye, Y., and Wu, C. The proof on the unreduced diploid eggs 
produced by the diploid hybrid between carp and crucian carp. 
Oceanologia et Limnologia Sinica(accepted).
19.Dong, X., Zhang,H., and Wu,C. Detection of genetic variation in a 
populations of Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus using RAPD marker. 
20.Dong, X., Zhang, H., and Wu, C. Mitochondrial DNA variation in carp, 
Cyprinus carpio L. Acta Genetica Sinica(accepted).
21.Dong, X., and Xiang, J. Sex differentiation in hermaphroditic Bay 
scallop, Argopecten irradians.(submitted to Acta Oceanologica Sinica). 
22.Dong, X., and Wu, C. The advancement on the studies of fish 
gynogenesis.(submitted to Zoological Research).

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