Peng, Tianfei

Tianfei Peng
Scientific Assitent

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Experience

2016 Present PhD student, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Preliminary title: „The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Foraging Strategies in Honey Bees(Apis mellifera)”
2013 - 2016

M.Sc., Jilin University, China
Thesis: „Studies of miRNAs Regulate the Expression of CYP6CY3 Conferring Myzus persicae(Sulzer) Host Plant“

2009 – 2013 B.Sc., Henan Agricultural University ,China
Thesis: „Studies of β Subunits of Insect Tanning Hormone in Helicoverpa armigera(Hübner)“

Horner and Awards

  • Nationtional Graduate Scholarship. Nov.2015.
  • Excellent Graduate Scholarship of Jilin University. Sep.2015.
  • Outstanding graduates of Henan Agricultural University. Jun. 2013.

Research Interests

PhD Project

Honeybees possess one of the most sophisticated communication behaviours in non-human animals: the waggle dance. This ritualised behaviour is performed inside the nest by foragers returning from a high quality food source (or nest site). A dancing bee provides spatial information to attending bees about the direction and distance from the nest to the feeding location. Bees that want to decode the location of a food source from a dance need to follow several waggle runs to acquire precise spatial information

In previous studies we found that after following a waggle dance, experienced foragers often ignore the spatial dance information provided by the dancing bee and instead fly to food source locations they visited in the past my own work on honeybee information-use and the growing availability of genomic and bioinformatics expertise in our department and we are now in the unique position to study the behavioural genomics of information-use strategies and identify genes that determine if and how honeybees use the dance communication.


Peng, T., Segers, F. H., Nascimento, F., & Grüter, C. (2019). Resource profitability, but not caffeine, affects individual and collective foraging in the stingless bee Plebeia droryanaJournal of Experimental Biology, 222(10), jeb195503.

Peng, T., Chen, X., Pan, Y., Zheng, Z., Wei, X., Xi, J., ... & Shang, Q. (2017). Transcription factor aryl hydrocarbon receptor/aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator is involved in regulation of the xenobiotic tolerance‐related cytochrome P450 CYP6DA2 in Aphis gossypii Glover. Insect molecular biology, 26(5), 485-495.

Peng, T., Pan, Y., Gao, X., Xi, J., Zhang, L., Ma, K., ... & Shang, Q. (2016). Reduced abundance of the CYP6CY3-targeting let-7 and miR-100 miRNAs accounts for host adaptation of Myzus persicae nicotianae. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 75, 89-97.

Peng, T., Pan, Y., Gao, X., Xi, J., Zhang, L., Yang, C., ... & Shang, Q. (2016). Cytochrome P450 CYP6DA2 regulated by cap ‘n’collar isoform C (CncC) is associated with gossypol tolerance in Aphis gossypii Glover. Insect molecular biology, 25, 450-459.

Peng, T., Pan, Y., Yang, C., Gao, X., Xi, J., Wu, Y., ... & Shang, Q. (2016). Over-expression of CYP6A2 is associated with spirotetramat resistance and cross-resistance in the resistant strain of Aphis gossypii Glover. Pesticide biochemistry and physiology, 126, 64-69.

Wei, X., Zheng, C., Peng, T., Pan, Y., Xi, J., Chen, X., ... & Shang, Q. (2016). miR-276 and miR-3016-modulated expression of acetyl-CoA carboxylase accounts for spirotetramat resistance in Aphis gossypii Glover. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 79, 57-65.

Pan, Y., Peng, T., Gao, X., Zhang, L., Yang, C., Xi, J., ... & Shang, Q. (2015). Transcriptomic comparison of thiamethoxam-resistance adaptation in resistant and susceptible strains of Aphis gossypii Glover. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, 13, 10-15.

Shang, Q., Pan, Y., Peng, T., Yang, S., Lu, X., Wang, Z., & Xi, J. (2015). Proteomics analysis of overexpressed plasma proteins in response to cold acclimation in Ostrinia furnacalis. Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, 90(4), 195-208.