Dr. Yang obtained his B.Sc. (1984) and M.Sc. (1987) in Cell Biology at Lanzhou University, China, and Ph.D. (1994) in Molecular Biology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He continued his postdoctoral research in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA and Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, Singapore during 1996-2000. He served as principal investigator at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore focusing on plant reproductive biology and cotton biotechnology during 2000-2003. Dr. Yang joined the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China as a full professor in 2003. He is currently the director of IGDB and the State Key Laboratory for Molecular Developmental Biology. He is also the deputy dean of the College of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition, Dr. Yang also serves as editorial board member for several academic journals including Molecular Plant, Plant Reproduction, Scientific Reports, and Science China.
Dr. Yang’s research focuses on molecular mechanisms governing female gametophyte development, fertilization, and early embryogenesis using the Arabidopsis model plant. He’s group has identified several key regulators critical for germline formation, embryo sac development, pollen tube guidance, and early embryogenesis, which were published in top journals including Nature, PNAS, and Annual Review of Plant Biology.