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Jiayang Li

Member, Board of Trustees
(Elected: 2016-2018)

Jiayang Li is currently Vice Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and Professor of the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

He earned his PhD in Biology from Brandeis University in 1991, MS in Biology from IGDB in 1984, and BS in Agronomy from Anhui Agricultural College in 1981. After completing his postdoctoral research at Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University, he was recruited as a professor of plant molecular genetics by IGDB in 1995. His work mainly focuses on the elucidation of molecular mechanisms underlying plant architecture and the demonstration that this fundamental knowledge can contribute to the development of improved rice varieties through molecular design and marker-assisted breeding.

Jiayang Li was elected as a CAS academician in 2001 and as a member or foreign member of academies, including the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2004), the USA National Academy of Sciences (2011), the German Academy of Sciences (2012), EMBO (2013), the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (2014), and the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (2015).

Jiayang Li

Member, Board of Trustees
(Elected 2016-2018)


People's Republic of China


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Haidian District, Beijing 100081
The People's Republic of China