Jianhua Wang


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Jianhua Wang is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Systems Biology. She received her PhD in Microbiology from Nanjing Normal University, where she was fascinated with Paleovirology and studied the origin, diversity and evolution of reverse-transcribing viruses. Currently, her research interests focus on the interaction between viruses and cancers.

Education History

Nanjing Normal University, China Ph.D., Microbiology, 2023 Advisor: Prof. Guan-Zhu Han

Shandong Normal University, China B.S., Food Science & Engineering, 2018


Wang J, Han GZ. Genome mining shows that retroviruses are pervasively invading vertebrate genomes. Nat Commun. 2023 Aug 17;14(1):4968.

Chu L, Su F, Han GZ, Wang J. Jawless vertebrates do not escape retrovirus infection. Virology. 2023 Jun;583:52-55. 

Wang J, Han GZ. A Missing Link between Retrotransposons and Retroviruses. mBio. 2022 Apr 26;13(2):e0018722. 

Wang J, Han GZ. Unearthing LTR Retrotransposon gag Genes Co-opted in the Deep Evolution of Eukaryotes. Mol Biol Evol. 2021 Jul 29;38(8):3267-3278.

Zheng J, Wang J, Gong Z, Han GZ. Molecular fossils illuminate the evolution of retroviruses following a macroevolutionary transition from land to water. PLoS Pathog. 2021 Jul 12;17(7):e1009730.

Wang Q, Wang Y, Wang J, Gong Z, Han GZ. Plants acquired a major retrotransposon horizontally from fungi during the conquest of land. New Phytol. 2021 Oct;232(1):11-16. 

Liu Q, Zhang S, Mei S, Zhou Y, Wang J, Han GZ, Chen L, Zhou C, Cao M. Viromics unveils extraordinary genetic diversity of the family Closteroviridae in wild citrus. PLoS Pathog. 2021 Jul 12;17(7):e1009751.

Wang J, Han GZ. A Sister Lineage of Sampled Retroviruses Corroborates the Complex Evolution of Retroviruses. Mol Biol Evol. 2021 Mar 9;38(3):1031-1039. 

Wang J, Han GZ. Frequent Retroviral Gene Co-option during the Evolution of Vertebrates. Mol Biol Evol. 2020 Nov 1;37(11):3232-3242. 

Zhang Y, Wang J, Han GZ. Chalcid wasp paleoviruses bridge the evolutionary gap between bracoviruses and nudiviruses. Virology. 2020 Mar;542:34-39.

Wang J, Gong Z, Han GZ. Convergent Co-option of the Retroviral gag Gene during the Early Evolution of Mammals. J Virol. 2019 Jun 28;93(14):e00542-19. 

Zhang T, Zhao H, Wang J, Han GZ. Wild birds do not harbor higher diversity of influenza virus internal genes than poultry. Virology. 2019 Apr;530:59-64.