Dr. Rong is originally from China and received his Ph.D. at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Dr. Rong brings to UTSW a strong background in autophagy. He currently specializes autophagosome-lysosome fusion, autophagic lysosome reformation and the role of autophagy in metabolism.


Graduate School
(2011), Biology

Research Interest

  • Autophagic Lysosome Reformation
  • Autophagosome-Lysosome Fusion
  • Role of Autophagy in Metabolism


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

MTORC1-mediated NRBF2 phosphorylation functions as a switch for the class III PtdIns3K and autophagy.
Ma X, Zhang S, He L, Rong Y, Brier LW, Sun Q, Liu R, Fan W, Chen S, Yue Z, Kim J, Guan KL, Li D, Zhong Q Autophagy 2017 Mar 13 3 592-607
Kinesin 1 Drives Autolysosome Tubulation.
Du W, Su QP, Chen Y, Zhu Y, Jiang D, Rong Y, Zhang S, Zhang Y, Ren H, Zhang C, Wang X, Gao N, Wang Y, Sun L, Sun Y, Yu L Dev. Cell 2016 May 37 4 326-36
Ubiquitin-dependent lysosomal membrane protein sorting and degradation.
Li M, Rong Y, Chuang YS, Peng D, Emr SD Mol. Cell 2015 Feb 57 3 467-78
A sensitive and quantitative autolysosome probe for detecting autophagic activity in live and prestained fixed cells.
Chen JJ, Jing J, Chang H, Rong Y, Hai Y, Tang J, Zhang JL, Xu P Autophagy 2013 Jun 9 6 894-904
Clathrin and phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate regulate autophagic lysosome reformation.
Rong Y, Liu M, Ma L, Du W, Zhang H, Tian Y, Cao Z, Li Y, Ren H, Zhang C, Li L, Chen S, Xi J, Yu L Nat. Cell Biol. 2012 Sep 14 9 924-34
Spinster is required for autophagic lysosome reformation and mTOR reactivation following starvation.
Rong Y, McPhee CK, McPhee C, Deng S, Huang L, Chen L, Liu M, Tracy K, Baehrecke EH, Baehreck EH, Yu L, Lenardo MJ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2011 May 108 19 7826-31
Termination of autophagy and reformation of lysosomes regulated by mTOR.
Yu L, McPhee CK, Zheng L, Mardones GA, Rong Y, Peng J, Mi N, Zhao Y, Liu Z, Wan F, Hailey DW, Oorschot V, Klumperman J, Baehrecke EH, Lenardo MJ Nature 2010 Jun 465 7300 942-6