Chao Cai

University Title:
Assistant Professor
Science and Engineering Libraries
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Biological Sciences
Botany & Plant Pathology
Forestry & Natural Resources
Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Plant Sciences
Agriculture & Biological Engineering
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Extension
Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication
Food Science
Courses Taught:
ILS 59500 Data Management at the Bench
ILS 10300 Introduction to Data Lifecycle Management
Ph.D., Plant Biology, Purdue University, 2018
M.S., Cell Biology, Purdue University, 2015
B.S., Biotechnology, Beijing Normal University, 2010


2021    Maybee, C., Lin, G., Zakharov, W., Cai, C., Jason FitzSimmons J., & Sun, Y. Building undergraduate data literacy through faculty development. In Bauder, J. (Eds.), Data Literacy in Academic Libraries: Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers. ALA Editions.

2021    Geng, Y.*, Cai, C.*, McAdam, S., Banks, J. A., Wisecaver, J. H., & Zhou, Y. A de novo transcriptome assembly of Ceratopteris richardii provides insights into the evolutionary dynamics of complex gene families in land plants. Genome Biology and Evolution, 13(3). (*Equal contributors)

2020    Flierl, M., Fundator, R., Reed, J., McGowan, B., Cai, C. and Maybee, C. Training the trainer to embed IL into curricula. Journal of Information Literacy, 14(1), 3-18.

2019    Cai, C., Atallah, N. M., Withers, K. A., DeLeon, A. M., Wu, Q., Gribskov, M., Salt, D. S., & Banks, J. A. Three genes define a bacterial-like arsenic tolerance mechanism in the arsenic hyperaccumulating fern Pteris vittata. Current Biology, 29(10), 1625-1633.

2019   Zhang, W.*, Cai, C.*, & Staiger, C. J. Myosins XI are involved in exocytosis of cellulose synthase complexes. Plant Physiology, 179(4), 1537-1555. (*Equal contributors)

2016    McAdam, S. A., Brodribb, T. J., Banks, J. A., Hedrich, R., Atallah, N. M., Cai, C., ... & Geiger, D. Abscisic acid controlled sex before transpiration in vascular plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(45), 12862-12867.

2014    Cai, C., Henty-Ridilla, J. L., Szymanski, D. B., & Staiger, C. J. Arabidopsis myosin XI: a motor rules the tracks. Plant physiology166(3), 1359-1370.

2012    Su, H., Zhu, J., Cai, C., Pei, W., Wang, J., Dong, H., & Ren, H. FIMBRIN1 is involved in lily pollen tube growth by stabilizing the actin fringe. The Plant Cell24(11), 4539-4554.

2010    Cai, C., Li, Y., Shen, Y., & Ren, H. Cortical microtubule labeling: Insight of AFH14 in non-dividing cells. Plant signaling & behavior5(12), 1619-1622.

2010    Li, Y., Shen, Y., Cai, C., Zhong, C., Zhu, L., Yuan, M., & Ren, H. The type II Arabidopsis formin14 interacts with microtubules and microfilaments to regulate cell division. The Plant Cell22(8), 2710-2726