Shu-Bing Qian


Shu-Bing Qian

Associate Professor
301 [Office] & 303 [Lab] Biotech Bldg
Phone: (607) 254-3397
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Professor Shu-Bing Qian received MSc and PhD degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School (formerly Shanghai Second Medical University), majoring in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. He then conducted two postdoctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC). Dr. Qian joined the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in July 2008.  In 2009, he received Young Investigator Award from Ellison Medical Foundation, and NIH Director's New Innovator Award. In 2010, Dr. Qian received DOD Development Award. In 2013, Dr. Qian received Peter Reeds Young Investigator Award. In 2014, Dr. Qian received DOD Idea Award. Dr. Qian has been promoted to be an Associate Professor with tenure since 2014.

Most of the research work in Dr. Qian's laboratory is broadly interdisciplinary, with a primary emphasis on protein synthesis, nutrient signaling pathway, and stress response. Using biochemical, genetic, and cell biological approach, the Qian laboratory investigates translational control of gene expression, molecular mechanisms of adaptive stress response, and the implications in human health and diseases. Specific disease aspects include but are not limited to, diabetes, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative disorders.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

Teaching is an exciting, enriching, and an integral component of an academic career, and I am firmly committed to excellence in teaching.  My primary goal is to instill interest and to expose students to the course topics, which in turn enables me to achieve a better understanding of the material taught, which then provides all parties an opportunity to learn new material.  Overall, I enjoy teaching and respect this responsibility as a core value and of critical importance to society.

Current Professional Activities:

Graduate Field Membership: Nutrition; Genetics & Development; Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Member: Center for Vertebrate Genomics
Faculty Member: Chemical Biology Interface (CBI) Program
Faculty Member: Leadership Program for Veterinary Students

Current Research Activities:

How is mRNA translation controlled by nutrient signaling?  How does protein folding and degradation occur during protein synthesis?  How do cells get rid of misfolded proteins?  These are a few of the problems we would like to understand.  Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying protein quality and quantity control will ultimately define new therapeutic strategies to human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders.  

Specifically, we use biochemistry, cell biological, and genetic approaches to study translational control of gene expression and protein triage (folding, degradation, and aggregation) using mammalian system.  We established high resolutionribosomal profiling analysis to monitor mRNA translation, which allows us to investigate ribosome dynamics as well as co-translational events with unprecendeted resolution. By focusing on chaperone network and the translation machinery, we are dedicated to elucidate fundamental principles of protein homeostasis.


PostDoc, 2004 ~ 2006  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
PostDoc, 2000 ~ 2004  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Ph.D., 2000    Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, Biochemistry
M.Sc., 1997    Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, Biochemistry

Courses Taught:

NS3200 - Human Biochemistry
NS7030 - Seminar in Nutritional Sciences
BIOG4990 - Independent Research in Biology II
NS4010 - Empirical Research

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Administrative Responsibilities:

Awards and Nominations Committee
Faculty Search Committee (Metabolomics, chair)
Member of DNS Seminar Committee
Member of BMCB Admission Committee

Selected Publications:

Meyer KD, Patil DP, Zhou J, Zinoviev A, Skabkin MA, Elemento O, Pestova TV, Qian SB and Jaffrey SR. 5' UTR m6A promotes cap-independen translation. Cell 2015; 163(4):999-1010

Zhou J, Wan J, Gao, X, Zhang X, Jaffrey SR and Qian SB. Dynamic m6A mRNA methylation directs translational regulation of heat shock response. Nature 2015; 526(7574):591-4

Gao X, Wan J, and Qian SB. Genome-wide pofiling of alternative translation initiation sites. Methods Mol Biol 2016; 1358:303-16

Zhang X, Gao X, Coots RA, Conn CS, Liu B and Qian SB. Translational control of cytosolic stress response by mitochondrial ribosomal protein L18. Nat Struct Mol Biol 2015; 22(5):404-10 

Gao X, Wan J, Liu B, Ma M, Shen B, and Qian SB. Quantitative profiling of initiating ribosomes in vivo. Nat Methods 2015; 12(2):147-53. PMCID: in process

Han Y, Gao X, Liu B, Wan J, Zhang X, and Qian SB. Ribosome profiling reveals sequence-independent post-initiation pausing as a signature of translation. Cell Res 2014; 24(7):842-51. PMCID: PMC4085768

Liu B and Qian SB. Invited review: Mechanisms of translational regulation during stress. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA 2014; 5(3):301-5. PMCID: PMC3991730

Wan J and Qian SB.  TISdb: a database for alternative translation initiation in mammalian cells. Nucleic Acids Res 2014; 42(1):D845-50. PMID: 24203712

Sherman MY and Qian SB.  Less is more: Improving proteostasis by translation slow-down. Trends Biochem Sci 2013; 38(12):585-91. PMID: 24126073

Conn CS and Qian SBmTORC1 in protein homeostasis: increase in protein quantity at the expense of quality. Sci Signal 2013; 6(271):ra24. PMID: 23592839

Liu B, Han Y, and Qian SB.  Co-translational response to proteotoxic stress by elongation pausing of ribosomes. Mol Cell 2013; 49(3):453-463. PMID: 23290916

Stern-Ginossar N, Weisburd B, Michalski A, Le VT, Hein MY, Huang SX, Ma M, Shen B, Qian SB, Hengel H, Mann M, Ingolia NT, Weissman JS. Decoding human cytomegalovirus. Science 2012; 338(6110):1088-93.  PMID: 23180859

Lee S, Liu B, Lee S, Huang SX, Shen B, and Qian SB. Global mapping of translation initiation sites in mammalian cells at single-nucleotide resolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2012; 109(37):E2424-32. PMID: 22927429

Han Y, David A, Liu B, Magadán JG, Bennink JR, Yewdell JW, and Qian SB. Monitoring co-translational protein folding in mammalian cells at codon resolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2012; 109(31):12467-72. PMID: 22802618

Park WJ, Kothapalli KS, Reardon HT, Lawrence P, Qian SB, Brenna JT. A novel FADS1 isoform potentiates FADS2-mediated production of eicosanoid precursor fatty acids. J Lipid Res 2012; 53(8):1502-12. PMID: 22619218

Liu B, and Qian SB. Translational regulation in nutrigenomics. Adv Nutr 2011; 2(6):511-9

Zhang X, and Qian SB. Chaperone-mediated hierarchical control in targeting misfolded proteins to aggresome. Mol Biol Cell 2011; 22(18):3277-88

Conn CS and Qian SB.  mTOR signaling in protein homeostasis: less is more? Cell Cycle 2011; 10(12):1940-7

Sun J, Conn CS, Han Y, Yeung V, and Qian SB. PI3K-mTORC1 attenuates stress response by inhibiting cap-independent Hsp70 mRNA translation.  J Biol Chem 2011; 286(8):6791-800

Qian SB, Zhang X, Sun J, Bennink JR, Yewdell JW, Patterson C. mTORC1 links protein quality and quantity control by sensing chaperone availability.  J Biol Chem 2010; 285(35):27385-95 (co-correspondence author)

Qian SB, Waldren L, Choudhary N, Klevit RE, Chazin WJ, Patterson C. Engineering a ubiquitin ligase reveals conformational flexibility required for ubiquitin transfer. J Biol Chem 2009; 284(39):26797-802 (co-correspondence author)

McDonough H, Charles PC, Hilliard EG, Qian SB, Min JN, Portbury AL, Cyr DM, Patterson C. Stress-dependent chip/DAXX interaction suppresses the p53 apoptotic program. J Biol Chem 2009; 284(31): 20649-59

Qian SB, McDonough H, Boellmann F, Cyr DM, Patterson C. CHIP-mediated stress recovery by sequential ubiquitination of substrates and Hsp70. Nature 2006; 440: 551-555

Qian SB, Reits E, Neefjes J, Deslich JM, Bennink JR, and Yewdell JW. Tight linkage between translation and MHC-class I peptide ligand generation implies specialized antigen processing for defective ribosomal products. J Immunol 2006; 177: 227-233

Qian SB, Princiotta MF, Bennink JR, Yewdell JW. Characterization of rapidly degraded polypeptides in mammalian cells reveals a novel layer of nascent protein quality control. J Biol Chem 2006; 281(1):392-400

Dai Q, Qian SB, Li HH, McDonough H, Borchers C, Huang D, Takayama S, Younger JM, Ren HY, Cyr DM, Patterson C. Regulation of the cytoplasmic quality control protein degradation pathway by BAG2. J Biol Chem 2005; 280(46):38673-38681

Shaffer AL, Shapiro-Shelef M, Iwakoshi NN, Qian SB, Zhao H, Yu X, et al. XBP1 acts downstream of Blimp-1 to regulate ER biogenesis, oeganelle expansion, and protein synthesis during plasma cell differentiation. Immunity 2004; 21(1):81-93

Princiotta MF, Finzi D, Qian SB, Gibbs J, Schuchmann S, Buttgereit F, Bennink JR, Yewdell JW. Quantitating protein synthesis, degradation, and endogenous antigen processing. Immunity 2003; 18(3):343-354

Qian SB, Ott DE, Schubert U, Bennink JR, Yewdell JW. Fusion proteins with COOH-terminal ubiquitin are stable and maintain dual functionality in vivo. J Biol Chem 2002; 277(41):38818-38826


Selected Keywords:
mRNA translation, ribosome, Protein quality control, Nutrients signaling, Stress response, Growth and aging 

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.