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Five Elites in HZAU Selected in 13th Batch Thousand Talents Plan for Young Professionals

Recently, China has released the list of the 13th-batch Thousand Talents Program for Young Professionals, and five scholars of HZAU are on the list, including Cao Yangrong, Xu Zhen, Li Bo, Wang Pengwei and Wang Heng. Up to now, 16 elites of our university have been selected in this program, ranking the first among universities of agriculture, forestry, water resources, land and mineral oil in terms of the total recruited number as well as that of this batch.

590 elites from 136 institutions are listed in the 13th-batch Thousand Talents Program in total. Our university, together with Harbin Institute of Technology, Jilin University, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, ranks 29th for the number of selected talents. Hubei Province, with 54 scholars selected, ranks 4th among provinces and municipalities. 84.03% of this batch is post 80s, among whom those born in 1982, 1983, and 1984 exceed over 10%, and elites born from 1985 to 1990 account for 22.6%. Among all the scholars, 346 of them are from the United States, 43 from the UK and Germany as well, 24 from Singapore, Canada and Australia separately, and over 10 from Japan, Hong Kong, France and Switzerland respectively.

Cao Yangrong, born in 1978, is currently a professor of the College of Life Sciences & Technology in HZAU and a principal investigator of the National Key Laboratory of Agro-microbiology. In October 2008, he received his PhD from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked successively as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Missouri-Columbia from 2008 to 2015. He has been working at HZAU since August 2015. Dr. Cao Yangrong is currently engaged in the study of the molecular mechanism of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes. He has published 11 research articles in journals including Elife, Plant Cell, PLoS Pathogens, Cell Research as the first or co-first author, and 3 review articles in Annual Review of Plant Biology, Current Opinion in Plant Biology and another journal.

Xu Zhen, born in 1979, is currently a professor of the College of Fisheries in HZAU. In July 2009, he received PhD in aquaculture from HZAU. He worked as a visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow, research specialist at University of Pennsylvania in the United States in succession from 2010 to 2015. He has been working at HZAU since January 2016. Dr. Xu Zhen is mainly engaged in the study of fish immunology, and has published 8 research articles in journals including PNAS and Nature Communications as the first or co-first author and one research article as the corresponding author.

Li Bo, born in 1984, is currently a professor of the College of Plant Sciences & Technology in HZAU. In June 2011, he received his PhD in plant pathology from HZAU. He worked successively as visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow and research associate at Texas A & M University in the United States from 2012 to 2016. He has been working at HZAU since January 2017. Dr. Li Bo is mainly engaged in the study of plant pathology, and has published 8 research articles in Plant Cell, PNAS, Nature Plants and other journals as the first or co-first author, and one review article in Cell Host & Microbe.

Wang Pengwei, born in 1984, is currently a professor of the College of Horticulture & Forestry Sciences in HZAU. In February 2010, he received PhD from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. He worked successively as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Brookes University and Durham University from 2010 to 2017. He has been working at HZAU since May 2017. Dr. Wang Pengwei is mainly engaged in the study of cell biology of horticultural plants. He has published 6 research articles in Current Biology, New Phytologist, Plant Physiology, Plant Journal and other journals as the first or co-first author, and one review article in Trends in Plant Science.

Wang Heng, born in 1980, is currently a senior scientist at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and will work as a full-time faculty in HZAU in June 2017. In 2007, he received PhD in animal genetics and breeding from HZAU. he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Hawaii System from 2007 to 2008. From January 2009 to now, he successively worked as a postdoctoral fellow, senior scientist at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Dr. Wang Heng is mainly engaged in the study of muscle development and regeneration, functional genome of animals, and somatic cell reprogramming. He has published 13 research articles in Cell Stem Cell,Nature Communications,Developmental Cell and other journals as the first or co-first author.

Tr. Yin Yaqi

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