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Sheng Guilian

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Gender : Female
Alma Mater : China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
Education Level : Doctoral Degree in Education
Degree : Doctoral Degree in Science
Status : Employed
School/Department : School of Environmental Studies
Date of Employment : 2001-07-12
Discipline : Bioscience
Business Address : 中国地质大学(武汉)未来城校区科教四#606
Contact Information : glsheng@cug.edu.cn
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Ancient DNA from the extinct/endangered mammals(2004 - )    

Studied the molecular phylogeny of the extinct/endangered mammals collected from China

Ancient DNA from human remains (2003 - 2004) 

Participated preliminary study of ancient DNA from human remains (6000 years ago) at Yangshao Civilization, Shanxi Province

Spore’s DNA from Metasequoia(2002)

Extracted the genetical information from Metasequoiaspore

Decrease of bio-diversity variation in Paleozoic- Mesozoic and its indication tonowadays (2001)

Surveyed the environmental changes of the Jianghan Lakes in last 50 years

Wildlife survey(2001) 

Participated wildlife survey for proposed GeoPark at a volcano island in South China Sea 

Plant response to biotic and abiotic stress(1999-2001)

   Studied the relationship between the development of phytoalexins and the systemic plant resistance to pathogens and pests


Visiting Scholarship of joint project between CSC and DAAD, 2016-2017;

Postdoctoral Research Scholarshipto pursue study in Australia, China Scholarship Council, 2009;

The 5thTeaching Award for Excellent Young Teachers in China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), 2009;

Overseas Training Scholarshipfor Excellent Teachers in China Universities, China Scholarship Council, 2005;

Excellent Young Teacher Awardin School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), 2004;

Research Scholarshipfor the Outstanding Young Teachers in China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), 2003;

Scholarshipfor the Outstanding Undergraduate Students in Central China Normal University, 2000

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (* indicates the Corresponding author)

 Sheng, G.-L.; Barlow, A.; Cooper, A.; Hou, X.-D.; Ji, X.-P.; Jablonski, N.G.; Zhong, B.-J.; Liu, H.; Flynn, L.J.; Yuan, J.-X.; Wang, L.-R.; Basler, N.; Westbury, M.V.; Hofreiter, M.; Lai, X.-L. Ancient DNA from giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of south-western China reveals genetic diversity loss during the Holocene. Genes 2018, 9, 198, doi: 10.3390/genes9040198 (SCI, IF2016=3.600)

 Nikolas Basler, Georgios Xenikoudakis, Michael Westbury, Lingfeng Song, Guilian Sheng*, Axel Barlow*. Reduction of the contaminant fraction of DNA obtained from an ancient giant panda bone. BMC Research Note, 2017, doi: 10.1186/s13104-017-3061-3

 Song L.F., Sheng G.L. *Yuan J.X. (2017) Preparation and evaluation of single-stranded sequencing library for ancient DNA. Chinese Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 33(11): 1090-1097(In Chinese with an English abstract)

 Sheng G.L.*, Lai X.L., Yuan J.X., Hou X.D., Song L.F. (2016) Ancient DNA: Achievments in the first 35 years and its prospective (In Chinese). Scientia Sinica Terrae, 46: 1564–1578, doi: 10.1360/N072015-00539 (In Chinese)

 LIU Jinyi, Jan Wagner, CHEN Pingfu, SHENG Guilian, CHEN Jin, Jiangzuo Qiguo, LIU Sizhao (2015) Mass mortality of a large population of the spotted hyenas (Crucuta ultima) at the Lingxiandong Cave, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province: a hyena communal den with its palaeoecological and taphonomical interpretation. Quaternary Science, 35(3): 607-622 (In Chinese with an English abstract)

 Du M., Sheng G.L.*(2014) RADP marker analysis of genetic diversity of Sphagnum in Dajiuhu wetland, Shennongjia.Journal of Central China Normal University (Natural Sciences),48(5): 717-721(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 Hou X.D., Sheng G.L.*, Yin S, Zhu M, Du M, Jin C.Z., Lai X.L. (2014) DNA analyses of wild boar remains from archaeological sites in Guangxi, China. Quaternary International, 354:147-153 (SCI, IF2012= 1.962) 

 Gui-Lian Sheng, Julien Soubrier, Jin-Yi Liu, Lars Werdelin, Bastien Llamas, Vicki A. Thomson, Jonathan Tuke, Lian-Juan Wu, Xin-Dong Hou, Quan-Jia Chen, Xu-Long Lai, Alan Cooper 2014Pleistocene Chinese cave hyenas and the recent Eurasian history of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocutaMolecular Ecology, 23(3): 522-533. (SCI, IF2012= 6.275, Cover paper

 Yuan J.X., Sheng G.L., Hou X.D., Shuang X.Y., Yi J., Yang H, Lai X.L. (2013) Ancient DNA sequences from Coelodonta antiquitatisin China reveal its divergence and phylogeny. SCIENCE CHINA (Earth Sciences), 56(1): 1–9 (SCI, IF2012=1.100) 

 YANG S.J., LAI X.L., SHENG G.L., WANG S.S. (2013) Deep genetic diversity within a living fossilbrachiopod Lingula anatina.Journal of Paleontology, 87(5): 902-908 (SCI,IF2012= 1.255) 

 YIN S, SHENG G.L.*, HOU X.D., ZHU M, DU M., JIN C.Z., LAI X.L. (2013) Ancient DNA from wild boar fossils in Guangxi and its implication for pig domestications. Vertebrata Palaslatica51(3): 92-101(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHUANG X.Y., YUAN J.X., HOU X.D., SHENG G.L., YI J., LAI X.L. (2012) Ancient DNA analysis of woolly rhinoceros in Xiaogu Mountain, Haicheng, Liaoning Province.Geological Science and Technology Information, 31(2): 40-44(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., WU L.J., LAI X.L. (2010) The preparation of standard samples for the real time amplification of ancient DNAs. Chinese Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 26(4): 386-391(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 WU L.J., SHENG G.L., LAI X.L., HOU X.D., YUAN J.X. (2010) Geographical pattern analysis of the brachiopod Lingula anatinabased on mitochondrial COI gene sequences.Geological Science and Technology Information, 29(1): 17-22 (In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., YUAN J.X., YI J., JIN C.Z., LIU J.Y., HOU X.D., LAI X.L. (2009)Ancient DNA analyses of the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) from Lingxian Cave, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province. Earth Science—— Journal of China University of Geosciences, 34(6): 877-883 (In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., LAI X.L.,HOU X.D.2009Standard experimental system and new technologies on ancient DNA research. Chinese Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 25(2): 116-125(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., WU L.J., HOU X.D., YUAN J.X., LAI X.L.2009Short sequence effect of ancient DNA on mammoth phylogenetic analyses. Frontier of Earth Science in China, 3(1): 100-106 

 SHENG G.L., WU L.J., GAO Z.M., et al. 2009Faecal DNA extraction and phylogenic analysis of Pere David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus) in Shishou, Hubei province. Journal of Central China Normal University (Natural Sciences), 43(3): 468-473(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., LAI X.L., WANG W.2004Molecular anthropology and the origin of modern human. Hereditas (Beijing), 26(5): 721-728 (In Chinese with an English abstract)

 LAI X.L., YANG S.J., TANG X.H., SHI S.H., LI Y.Q., YANG H., GAO Q., LI T., SHENG G.L.2004) Preliminary study on ancient human DNA from Yangshao Culture. Earth Sciences- Journal of China University of Geosciences, 29:15-20.(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 SHENG G.L., ZHOU X.G., GU Y.S., TONG J.N.2004Evolution of the Jianghan Lakes during last 50 years and its sustainable development. Journal of Central China Normal University (Natural Sciences), 6: 130-134(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

 HE W.H., YIN H.F., SHENG G.L., ZHOU X.G.2004Comparison of modern biodiversity variation with Paleozoic- Mesozoic biotic crisis. Earth Science—— Journal of China University of Geosciences,29(3): 263-268(In Chinese with an English abstract) 

SHENG G.L., LI W.X.2004Induction of phytoalexins in plant with oligosaccharide. Journal of Central China Normal University (Natural Sciences),38(2): 231-234(In Chinese with an English abstract)


Ancient DNA from Middle Holocene giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of Southwestern China reflects its demographic history. The 1st AsiaEvo Conference. April 17-20, 2018. Shenzhen, P.R. China 

Paleogenome sequencing of the Pleistocene-Holocene giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoluca). The 4th International Conference of Geobiology. June 24-26, 2017. Wuhan, P.R. China 

Ancient DNA indicates genetic connection between Late Pleistocene wild boar in Guangxi and domestic pigs. The 3rd International Conference of Geobiology. June 16-18, 2014. Wuhan, P.R. China

Reconstruct the population history via ancient DNA for the Late Pleistocene spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) . The 12th Member Conference of Paleo- Vertebrate Association. August 23-28, 2012. Erenhot, Inner Mongolia, P.R. China

Phylogeographic Pattern Indicated by Ancient DNA Analyses of the Pleistocene Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocutaultima)from Northern China. The 3rdInternational Palaeontological Congress, June 28- July 4, 2010. London

Ancient DNA analyses of the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) from Northern China. The 11thMember Conference of Paleontology Association, October 14-17, 2009. Nanjing, P.R. China

Relationships of the Hyaenidae Resolved by Molecular Paleontology. The 11thMember Conference of Paleo-Vertebrate Association.September 20-24, 2008. Taiyuan, P.R. China

The High Intra-Specific Genetic Diversity for the Wooly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). The 2ndInternational Palaeontological Congress, June 17-21, 2006. Beijing, P. R. China

Molecular Anthropology—— the Fresh Strength in Anthropology. The 9thMember Conference of Paleontology Association, April 24-28, 2005. Changzhou, P.R. China

Field Trip Guide to the MetasequoiaValley. First International MetasequoiaSymposium,August 5-12, 2002. Wuhan, P. R. China

Education Background

  • 2002.9 -- 2007.6

    China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)       Palaeontology& Stratigraphy       Doctoral Degree       Doctoral Degree

  • 1998.9 -- 2001.6

    Central China Normal University       Phytoecology       Master's Degree       Master's Degree

  • 1994.9 -- 1998.6

    Central China Normal University       Bioscience       Undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree)       Bachelor's Degree

Work Experience

  • 2001.7 -- Now

    China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)      School of Environmental Studies

  • 2017.8 -- 2017.10

    University of Potsdam, Germany      Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences      Visiting Scholar

  • 2016.8 -- 2016.11

    University of Potsdam, Germany      Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences      Visiting Scholar

  • 2010.10 -- 2011.11

    The University of Adelaide, Australia      Australian Centre for Ancient DNA      Visiting Postdoc.

  • 2007.7 -- 2007.9

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany      Visiting Scholar

  • 2005.8 -- 2005.12

    University of Illinois at Urbana & Champaign, USA      Visiting Scholar

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Research Group


生物地质与环境地质国家重点实验室古DNA研究组(CUG Ancient DNA Group, CADG)聚焦第四纪古脊椎动物古基因组研究,探讨绝灭、濒危古脊椎动物在气候变化及人类活动双重作用下的演化生物学过程及其对气候环境变化的分子响应。

Research Focus

  • ◆ Ancient DNA
    ◆ Phylogenetics
    ◆ Phylogeography
  • 谱系遗传学
  • 谱系地理学