Xing Wang Deng
Dr. Deng is a member of US National Academy of Sciences, endowed professor at Peking University, founding dean of School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University. Previously, he was the Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Plant Biology at Yale University and the Co-Director of National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China.
Dr. Deng received his bachelor’s degree (1982) and master’s degree (1985) at Peking University, and earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, followed by postdoctoral studies at Berkeley from 1989 to 1991. In 1992, he began his independent research career at Yale University as an assistant professor. He became an Associate Professor with term at Yale in 1995 and tenured professor at Yale in 1998. He came back to China in July 1, 2014, and has been full time faculty at Peking University.
Dr. Deng has been engaged in the research of plant photomorphogenesis and agricultural biotechnology, and is one of the leading scientists in the field of plant biology research in the world. His long line of pioneering research in his laboratory has contributed greatly toward our understanding of the mechanism of plant photomorphogenesis. His group was the first to identify COP1, a key repressor of photomorphogenesis, which has become the most frequently cited gene in Arabidopsis. In recent years, he has also made outstanding contributions toward agricultural biotechnology and made important breakthroughs in fields such as the new generation of hybrid breeding technology for rice and wheat (third generation hybrid breeding technology), and the basis of hybrid vigor.