Huanming Yang Ph. D. President, BGI, China

Huanming Yang Dr. Yang is the co-founder and President of BGI, one of the major genomics centers in the world. He and his collaborators have made a significant contribution to the International HGP, HapMap, Cancer Genome and 1000 Genomes Projects, as well as to the Asian genomes, human pan-genome, ancient genomes, gut metagenomes, exomes and mythylome. BGI has also contributed to sequencing genomes of rice, potato, maize, pigeonpea, soybean, cucumber, cabbage, chicken, silkworm, panda, ants, naked mole rat, cynomolgus and Chinese rhesus macaque, CHO cell lines, SARS virus, lethal E.coli and many other microorganisms. Dr. Yang obtained his Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen and postdoctoral trainings in France and USA. He has received many awards and honors, including Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American in 2002 and Award in Biology by the Third World Academy of Scien(TWAS)in 2006. He was elected as a foreign member of EMBO in 2006, an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, a fellow of TWAS in 2008, a foreign academician of Indian National Academy in 2009.