Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Dr. Shu-Miaw Chaw Director/Distinguished Research Fellow

Lab PI

Dr. Shu-Miaw Chaw

Director/ Distinguished Research Fellow

PhD–Tulane University, USA, 1985

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Office:Interdisciplinary Research Building for Science and Technology A202


Research Fields
  • Evolution, Phylogenetics and comparative genomics of seed plants

Research Directions

  • 1.Comparative chloroplast genomics of conifers.
    Conifers are of immense ecological and economic value, their chloroplast bioengineering remains undeveloped. Understanding their chloroplast genomic organizations shall facilitate their bioengineering. We are exploring the diversity and structural evolution of chloroplast genomes (cpDNA) of conifers. Using next generation sequencing and comparative genomics approaches, we aim to unravel the evolution of highly variable cpDNA structures in conifers. In addition, study on the evolutionary process for loss of a large inverted repeat and adaption of frequent rearrangements is carrying out in the conifer cpDNAs.
  • 2.Evolution of mitochondrial genomes in gymnosperms.
    Presently, the complete mitochondrial genomes (mtDNAs) of gymnosperms are limitedly known for a cycad, Cycas taitungensis, among the 1,000 species of gymnosperms. Gymnosperms are considered as ‘‘inextricably related to the origins and early divergence of seed plants’’(Chaw et al. 1997). The evolution of mtDNAs is more complex than that of cpDNAs because mtDNAs have horizontal gene transfer, uptake of chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences, extreme size and rate variations, rapid gene rearrangements, more trans-splicing exons, and RNA editing sites. To expand our understanding of mtDNA organization and evolution, we have been sequencing four representative taxa from each of the four major lineages, ginkgo, gnetophytes, conifers I (Pinaceae), and conifers II.


Latest published paper


期刊論文 ( 2017 - 2020 )

  1. Sudianto E, Wu CS, Chaw SM*, accepted, “The origin and evolution of plastid genome downsizing in Southern Hemispheric cypresses (Cupressaceae)”, Frontiers in Plant Science, 11,901. (SCIE) (IF: 3.677; SCIE ranking: 10.8%) Link
  2. Chaw SM, Tai JH, Chen SL, Hsieh CH, Chang SY, Yeh SH, Yang WS, Chen PJ, Wang HY, 2020, “The origin and underlying driving forces of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.”, Journal of biomedical science, 27(1), 73. (SCIE) (IF: 3.466; SCIE ranking: 34.6%,47.9%) Link
  3. Fu CN, Wu CS, Ye LJ, Mo ZQ, Liu J, Chang YW, Li DZ, Chaw SM*, Gao LM*, 2019, “Prevalence of isomeric plastomes and effectiveness of plastome super-barcodes in yews (Taxus) worldwide.”, Scientific Reports, 9, 2773. (SCIE) (IF: 4.259; SCIE ranking: 15.6%) Link
  4. Chaw SM, Liu YC, Wu YW, Wang HY, Lin CI, Wu CS, Ke HM, Chang LY, Hsu CY, Yang HT, Sudianto E, Hsu MH, Wu KP, Wang LN, Leebens-Mack JH, Tsai IJ, 2019, “Stout camphor tree genome fills gaps in understanding of flowering plant genome evolution.”, Nature plants, 5(1), 63-73. (SCIE) (IF: 10.3; SCIE ranking: 1.9%) Link
  5. Sudianto E, Chaw SM*, 2019, “Two Independent Plastid accD Transfers to the Nuclear Genome of Gnetum and Other Insights on Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase Evolution in Gymnosperms.”, Genome biology and evolution, 11(6), 1691-1705. (SCIE) (IF: 3.94; SCIE ranking: 28.6%,24.6%) Link
  6. Sudianto E, Wu CS, Leonhard L, Martin WF, Chaw SM*, 2018, “Enlarged and highly repetitive plastome of Lagarostrobos and plastid phylogenomics of Podocarpaceae”, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 133,24-32. (SCIE) (IF: 4.419; SCIE ranking: 20.8%,19.2%,22.1%) Link
  7. Wu CS, Wang TJ, Wu CW, Wang YN, SM Chaw*, 2017, “Plastome Evolution in the Sole Hemiparasitic Genus Laurel Dodder (Cassytha) and Insights into the Plastid Phylogenomics of Lauraceae”, GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 9(10), 2604-2614. (SCIE) (IF: 3.979; SCIE ranking: 25.1%,29.2%) Link
  8. Qu XJ, Wu CS, Chaw SM*, Yi TS*, 2017, “Insights into the Existence of Isomeric Plastomes in Cupressoideae (Cupressaceae)”, Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(4), 1110–1119. (SCIE) (IF: 3.979; SCIE ranking: 25.1%,29.2%) Link
  9. Qu XJ, Jin JJ, Chaw SM, Li DZ*, Yi TS*, 2017, “Multiple measures could alleviate long-branch attraction in phylogenomic reconstruction of Cupressoideae (Cupressaceae)”, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7, 41005. (SCIE) (IF: 4.259; SCIE ranking: 15.6%) Link
主編之專書(論文集) ( 2017 - 2020 )
  1. Shu-Miaw Chaw, Robert Jansen [editors], 2018, Evolution of Plastid Genome, ABR 85, 446 pages, UK: Elsevier Publishing Co.. Link
他類論文 ( 2017 - 2020 )
  1. Chaw SM*, Wu CS, Sudianto E, 2018, “Evolution of gymnosperm plastomes”, Chaw SM & R K Jansen (Editors). Plastid Genome Evolution. ISBN: 9780128134573, Academic Press., Chapter 7" 195-216.