Xiaofeng Cao, PhD


Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS

Member of CAS and TWAS

Email: xfcao@genetics.ac.cn


Prof. Xiaofeng Cao is head of the Center for Genome Biology, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). She is also a co-director of the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS), jointly established by CAS and the John Innes Centre (JIC) of the UK. Prof. Cao has a B.S. degree in applied biochemistry from Peking University, an M.S. degree in biochemistry from China Agricultural University, and a Ph.D. from the College of Life Sciences, Peking University. While working on her PhD, Prof. Cao was a visiting scholar at JIC. Prof. Cao was later a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, USA, and a research associate in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 2002, Dr. Cao won CAS’s Young Talented Investigator Award and subsequently returned to work in China. Since 2003, Prof. Cao has been a principle investigator at IGDB. Cao lab investigates the epigenetic control of plant development, genome stability and stress response. Her lab uses rice as a model to study plant adaptation to high temperature. She is currently an editor for several leading journals including The Plant Cell, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, and associate Editor-in-Chief for Science China Life Sciences and Journal of Genetics and Genomics. She has received numerous international and domestic awards including “China Young Female Scientists Awards, 2010”, “National Outstanding Scientist Awards, 2010” and “DuPont Young Professor Award, 2008”.