• Sun X, Liu YC, Tiunov MP, Gimranov DO, Zhuang Y, Han Y, Driscoll CA, Pan YH, Li C, Pan Y, Velasco MS, Gopalakrishnan S, Yang RZ, Li BG, Jin K, Xu X, Uphyrkina O, Huang YY, Wu XH, Gilbert MTP, O’Brien SJ*, Yamaguchi N*, Luo SJ* (2023). Ancient DNA reveals China as a historical genetic melting pot in tiger evolution. Nature Ecology and Evolution (in revision) PDF
  • Houck ML, Koepfli KP, Hains T, Khan R, Charter SJ, Fronczek JA, Misuraca AC, Kliver S, Perelman PL, Beklemisheva V, Graphodatsky A, Luo SJ, and 21 others (2023). Chromosome-length genome assemblies and cytogenomic analyses of pangolins reveals remarkable chromosome counts and plasticity. Chromosome Research 31: 13.
  • Tang CY, Zhang X, Xu X, Sun S, Peng C, Song MH, Yan C, Sun H, Liu M, Xie L, Luo SJ, Li JT (2023). Genetic mapping and molecular mechanism behind color variations in the Asian vine snake. Genome Biology 24: 46.


  • O’Brien SJ, Luo SJ* (2022). Taxonomic species recognition should be consistent. National Science Review 9(12): nwad022.
  • Liu K, Han S, Luo SJ* (2022). The only wild felid endemic to China Felis bieti: IUCN Red List assessment update. Cat News 76: 7-9.
  • Lin L, Chen HQ, Gaillard D, Shi HT*, Luo SJ* (2022). Phylogeography of the endangered "eyed" turtles (genus Sacalia) and the discovery of a lineage derived from natural interspecific hybridization. Ecology and Evolution 12: e9545. doi: 10.1002/ece3.9545
  • Liu K, Han S, Yu H, Luo SJ* (2022). The evolutionary genetics, taxonomy, and conservation of the Chinese mountain cat. Biodiversity Science 30(9): 22396. doi:10.17520/biods.2022396 [in Chinese]
  • Luo SJ*, Han S, Song D, Li S, Liu Y, He B, Zhang M, Yamaguchi N (2022). Felis bieti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T8539A213200674.
  • Lu D, Xu X, Luo SJ* (2022). The genetics and evolution of tiger pelage color variations. Bulletin of Biology 57(1): 1-6. [in Chinese, Cover Story] PDF


  • Si S, Xu X*, Zhuang Y, Gao X, Zhang H, Zou ZT*, Luo SJ* (2021). The genetics and evolution of eye color in domestic pigeons (Columba livia). PLoS Genetics 17(8): e1009770.
  • Luo SJ (2021). The hidden Olympic spectator. Science 373 (6553): 404. [Life in Science, Letter] 
  • Wang Y, Liu Y, Gu X, Luo SJ, Song D (2021). Xinlong county of Ganzi, Sichuan, a newly discovered felid hotspot in South-west China. Cat News 73: 32-36. 
  • Yu H, Xing YT, Meng H, He B, Li WJ, Qi XZ, Zhao JY, Zhuang Y, Xu X, Yamaguchi N, Driscoll C, O’Brien SJ, Luo SJ* (2021). Genomic evidence for the Chinese mountain cat as a wildcat conspecific (Felis silvestris bieti) and its introgression to domestic cats. Science Advances 7: eabg0221.
  • Han S, Lu D, Meng H, Leong CF, Liu Y, Song D, Li S, Luo SJ* (2021). A new record of mammal from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan region of North China—Mustela altaica. Acta Theriologica Sinica 41(3): 361-364. [in Chinese] PDF
  • Gaillard D, Yeh F, Lin L, Chen HQ, Zhang T, Luo SJ, Shi HT* (2021). Lost at sea: determining geographic origins of illegally traded green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) rescued on Hainan Island, China. Wildlife Research 48(1): 55-63. PDF


  • Zhang W*, Xu X, Yue B, Hou R, Xie J, Zou ZT, Han Y, Shen F, Zhang L, Xie Z, Yuan Y, Yin Y, Fu W, Chen D, Huang W, Liu Z, Tang Y, Zhao B, Zhang Q, Chen W, Zhang R, Chen J, Luo SJ*, Zhang Z* (2019). Sorting out the genetic background of the last surviving South China tigers. Journal of Heredity 110(6): 641-650. [Cover Story] [PDF]
  • Luo SJ*, Liu YC, Xu X (2019). Tigers of the world: genomics and conservation. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences 7: 521-548. [Invited Review] [PDF]


  • Liu YC, Sun X, Driscoll C, Miquelle DG, Xu X, Martelli P, Uphyrkina O, Smith JLD, O’Brien SJ, Luo SJ* (2018). Genome-wide evolutionary analysis of natural history and adaptation in the world’s tigers. Current Biology 28(23):3840-3849. [Cover Story] [PDF]
  • Gaubert P*, Antunes A*, Meng H, Miao L, Peigne S, Justy F, Njiokou F, Dufour S, Danquah E, Alahakoon J, Verheyen E, Stanley WT, O’Brien SJ, Johnson WE, Luo SJ* (2018). The complete phylogeny of pangolins: scaling up resources for the molecular tracing of the world’s most trafficked mammals on Earth. Journal of Heredity 109(4): 347-359. [Cover Story] [PDF]


  • Yu H, Song S, Liu J, Li S, Zhang L, Wang D, Luo SJ* (2017). Effects of the Qinghai-Tibet railway on the landscape genetics of the endangered Przewalski’s gazelle (Procapra przewalskii). Scientific Reports 7:17983 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-18163-7 [PDF]
  • Gaillard D, Lin L, Shi H, Luo SJ (2017). Turtle soup: Local usage and demand for wild caught turtles in Qiongzhong County, Hainan Island. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12: 33-40. [PDF]
  • Guan Z, Cai T, Liu Z, Dou Y, Hu X, Zhang P, Sun X, Li H, Kuang Y, Zhai Q, Ruan H, Li X, Li Z, Zhu Q, Mai J, Wang Q, Lai L, Ji J, Liu H, Xia B, Jiang T, Luo SJ, Wang H, Xie C (2017). Origin of the reflectin gene and hierarchical assembly of its protein. Current Biology 27: 2833–2842.
  • Xu X, Dong GX, Schmidt-Kuntzel A, Zhang XL, Zhuang Y, Fang R, Sun X, Hu XS, Zhang TY, Yang HD, Zhang DL, Marker L, Jiang ZF, Li R, Luo SJ* (2017). The genetics of tiger pelage color variations. Cell Research 27: 954-957. [PDF]


  • Gaubert P, Njiokou F, Ngua G, Afiademanyo K, Dufour S, Malekani J, Bi SG, Tougard C, Olayemi A, Danquah E, Djagoun CAMS, Kaleme P, Mololo CN, Stanley W, Luo SJ, Antunes A (2016). Phylogeography of the heavily poached African common pangolin (Pholidota, Manis tricuspis) reveals six cryptic lineages as traceable signatures of Pleistocene diversification. Molecular Ecology 25: 5975-5993.
  • Choo SW, Rayko M, Tan TK, Hari R, Komissarov A, Wee WY, Yurchenko A, Kliver S, Tamazian G, Antunes A, Wilson RK, Warren WC, Koepfli KP, Minx P, Krasheninnikova K, Kotze A, Dalton DL, Vermaak E, Paterson IC, Dobrynin P, Sitam FT, Japning JRR, Johnson WE, Yusoff AM, Luo SJ, Karuppannan KV, Fang G, Zheng D, Gerstein MB, Lipovich L, O’Brien SJ, Wong GJ (2016). Pangolin genomes and the evolution of mammalian scales and immunity. Genome Research 26: 1-12.
  • Xu X, Sun X, Hu XS, Zhuang Y, Liu YC, Meng H, Miao L, Yu H, Luo SJ* (2016). Whole genome sequencing identifies a missense mutation in HES7 associated with short tails in Asian domestic cats. Scientific Reports 6: 31583.[PDF]
  • Ying LX, Zhang TT, Chiu QA, Chen TY, Luo SJ, Chen XY, Shen ZH (2016). The phylogeography of Fagus hayatae (Fagaceae): genetic isolation among populations. Ecology and Evolution 6: 2805–2816.
  • Qin S, Yin H, Yang C, Dou Y, Liu Z, Zhang P, Yu H, Huang Y, Feng J, Hao J, Hao J, Deng L, Yan X, Dong X, Zhang Z, Jiang T, Wang HW, Luo SJ, Xie C (2016). A magnetic protein biocompass. Nature Materials 15: 217-226.


  • Zou ZT, Uphyrkina O, Fomenko P, Luo SJ* (2015). The development and application of a multiplex STR system for identifying subspecies, individuals and sex in tigers. Integrative Zoology 10(4): 376-388.[PDF]
  • Xue HR, Yamaguchi N, Driscoll CA, Han Y, Bar-Gal GK, Zhuang Y, Mazak JH, Macdonald DW, O’Brien SJ, Luo SJ* (2015). Genetic ancestry of the extinct Javan and Bali tigers. Journal of Heredity 106(3): 247-257.[PDF]


  • Luo SJ*, Xu X (2014). Save the white tigers. Scientific American
  • Malcolm KD, McShea WJ, Garshelis DL, Luo SJ, Van Deelen TR, Liu F, Li S, Miao L, Wang D, Brown JL (2014). Increased stress in Asiatic black bears relates to food limitation, crop raiding, and foraging beyond nature reserve boundaries in China. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 267-276.[PDF]
  • Zhang MQ, Xu X*, Luo SJ* (2014). The genetics of brown coat color and white spotting in domestic yaks (Bos grunniens). Animal Genetics 45(5): 652-659.[PDF]
  • Xu X, Luo SJ* (2014). How the white tiger lost its color, but kept its stripes. Science China Life Sciences 57(8): 1-3.[PDF]
  • Luo SJ, Zhang Y, Johnson WE, Miao L, Martelli P, Antunes A, Smith JLD, O’Brien SJ* (2014). Sympatric Asian felid phylogeography reveals a major Indochinese-Sundaic divergence. Molecular Ecology 23(8): 2072-2092. [PDF]
  • Miao L, Luo SJ* (2014). Diversification of Southeast Asian mammals during the Quaternary glaciation: insights from the genomic era. Biodiversity Science 22(1): 40-50. [Invited Review, in Chinese] [PDF]
  • IUCN Cat Specialist Group (2014).  Cats in China. China Forestry Publishing House, Beijing.[Edited & Translated Book]


  • Cho YS, Hu L, Hou H, Lee H, Xu J, Kwon S, Oh S, Kim HM, Jho S, Kim S, Shin YA, Kim BC, Kim H, Kim CU, Luo SJ, Johnson W, and 42 others (2013). The tiger genome and comparative analysis with lion and snow leopard genomes. Nature Communications 4: 2433. [PDF]
  • Xu X, Dong GX, Hu XS, Miao L, Zhang XL, Yang HD, Zhang TY, Zou ZT, Zhang TT, Zhuang Y, Bhak J, Cho YS, Dai WT, Jiang TJ, Xie C, Li RQ*, Luo SJ *(2013). The genetic basis of white tigers. Current Biology 23(11): 1031-1035. [PDF]


  • Lee MY, Hyun JY, Lee SJ, An J, Lee E, Min MS, Kimura J, Kawada SI, Kurihara N, Luo SJ, O’Brien SJ, Johnson WE, Lee H (2012). Subspecific status of the Korean tiger inferred by ancient DNA analysis. Animal Systematics, Evolution and Diversity 28(1): 48-53.[PDF]


  • Driscoll CA, Luo SJ, MacDonald D, Dinerstein E, Chestin I, Pereladova O and O'Brien SJ , Restoring tigers to the Caspian region , Science , 2011 , 333: 822-823 [PDF]


  • Luo SJ*, Johnson WE, and O’Brien SJ , Applying molecular genetic tools to tiger conservation , Integrative Zoology , 2010 , 5: 351-362 , [PDF]
  • Luo SJ, Johnson WE, Smith JLD and O’Brien SJ , What is a tiger? Genetics and phylogeography , In Tigers of the World, the Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris, 2nd edition (eds. Tilson RL and Nyhus PJ, Elsevier) , 2010 , 35-51 .[PDF]


  • Luo SJ* (2010).  The status of the tiger in China.  Cat News 5: 10-13.[PDF]
  • Driscoll CA, Yamaguchi N, Bar-Gal GK, Roca AL, Luo SJ, Macdonald DW, and O’Brien SJ , Mitochondrial phylogeography illuminates the origina of the extinct Caspian tiger and its relationship to the Amur tiger. , PLoS One , 2009 , 4(1): e4125 [PDF]


  • Luo SJ*, Johnson WE, Martenson J, Antunes A, Martelli P, Uphyrkina O, Traylor-Holzer K, Smith JLD, O’Brien SJ* (2008).  Subspecies genetic assignments of worldwide captive tigers increase conservation value of captive populations.  Current Biology 18(8): 592-596. [Cover Story][PDF]

2007 and Prior

  • Cai Q, Lin L, Pan W, Luo SJ, Zhang L (2008). Screening microsatellite DNA markers and genetic variation analysis of wild Asian elephant population in Mengyang Nature Reserve. Acta Theriologica Sinica 28(2): 126-134. [in Chinese][PDF]
  • Feng L, Lin L, Zhang L, Wang L, Wang B, Luo A, Yang S, Smith JLD, Luo SJ*, Zhang L (2008). Evidence of wild tigers in southwest China – a preliminary survey of the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve.  Cat News 48: 4-6.
  • Luo SJ*, Johnson WE, David VA, Menotti-Raymond M, Stanyon R, Cai QX, Beck T, Yuhki N, Pecon-Slattery J, Smith JLD, O’Brien SJ* (2007). Developmenhn t of Y chromosome intraspecific polymorphic markers in the Felidae.  Journal of Heredity 98(5): 400-413.[PDF]
  • Luo SJ, Cai QX, David VA, Zhang L, Martelli P, Lim NTL, Ferrand N, Chin SC, Gaubert P, Joao Ramos M, O’Brien SJ, Antunes A, Johnson WE (2007).  Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in pangolins (Mammalia, Pholidota, Manis spp.).  Molecular Ecology Notes 7(2): 269-272.[PDF]
  • Luo SJ*, Kim JH, Johnson WE, Miquelle DG, Huang SQ, Pan WS, Smith JLD, O’Brien SJ (2006).  Proceedings in phylogeography and genetic ancestry of tigers (Panthera tigris) in China and across their range.  Zoological Research 27(4): 441-448. [in Chinese, Cover Story][PDF]
  • Kim JH, Antunes A, Luo SJ, Menninger J, Nash WG, O’Brien SJ, Johnson WE (2006).  Evolutionary analysis of a large mtDNA translocation (Numt) into the nuclear genome of the Panthera genus species.  Gene 366(2): 292-302.[PDF]
  • O’Brien SJ, Luo SJ, Kim JH, Johnson WE (2005).  Molecular genetic analysis reveals six living subspecies of tiger, Panthera tigris Cat News 42: 6-8.[PDF]
  • Luo SJ, Kim JH, Johnson WE, et al (2004).  Phylogeography and genetic ancestry of tigers (Panthera tigris).  PLoS Biology 2 (12): 2275-2293/e442. [Cover Story][PDF]
  • Wang L and Luo SJ (2004).  The ecological design of wetland in urban landscapes.  Chinese Landscape Architecture 20 (1): 39-41. [in Chinese][PDF]
  • Qing BM, Luo SJ, Mi ZY, Wu NH (1998).  The improvement and progress of yeast Two-Hybrid system.  Progress in Biotechnology 18 (4): 2-9. [in Chinese][PDF]

< top >



Luo Lab, School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China
Tel: +86-10-6275 2307 | E-mail: [email protected]