WAN Xiangyuan

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Dr. Xiangyuan Wan, is currently working as a distinguished full professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), and a Leading Scientist of “Ten Thousand Plan”-National High-Level Talents Special Support Plan in China. He obtained the doctor's degree of Plant Breeding and Genetics in Nanjing Agricultural University in 2005. Then he was a postdoctoral fellow in Tsinghua University (CN, 2005-2008) and Cornell University (USA, 2008-2011), respectively. From 2011 to 2016, he was appointed as the general director of the State Key Laboratory of Main Crop Germplasm Innovation in China. 2016.12-present, he was the director of Biology and Agricultural Research Center, USTB, and the director of Beijing Engineering Laboratory of Main Crop Bio-Tech Breeding. Dr. Wan has authored more than 70 publications in well-known journals such as Mol Plant, Plant Biotechnol J, Mol Cell Proteomics, Genetics, Nat Cell Biol, Plant Cell, Cell Res, Theor Appl Genet, J Proteome Res, and Int J Mol Sci. Many of them are listed as highly cited papers by the Web of Sciences. His research interest has been focused on plant molecular, cytological and developmental biology, crop male sterility and hybrid seed production, and biotechnology and its application for crop molecular breeding and functional food. In these areas, Dr. Wan has 27 authorized China invention patents, and six certificates of new Technology/Product of Beijing. Dr. Wan has taken charge of more than 30 funding projects from MOST, NSFC, MOA, NDRC of PRC, and Beijing and Shandong governments during the past ten years. Dr. Wan is elected to the member of a council, Crop Science Society of China (CSSC) in 2014, and the member of a council, Chinese Society of Biotechnology (CSB) in 2017, respectively. He won “Science, Technology and Management talents with Outstanding Contributions in Beijing” Award in Jan. 2019. He won “National Award for 100 Outstanding Doctoral Theses in China” in 2007. In addition, Dr. Wan is selected as the National Key Innovative Team leader in 2014, the Shandong Government Taishan Scholar Expert in 2014, and the Beijing Government Special Expert in 2018.

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Representative papers

[1] Xiangyuan Wan*, Suowei Wu, Ziwen Li, Zhenying Dong, Xueli An, Biao Ma, Youhui Tian, Jinping Li. Maize Genic Male-sterility Genes and Their Applications in Hybrid Breeding: Progress and Perspectives. Molecular Plant, 2019, 12(3), 321-342. [2] Xueli An, Zhenying Dong, Youhui Tian, Ke Xie, Suowei Wu, Taotao Zhu, Danfeng Zhang, Yan Zhou, Canfang Niu, Biao Ma, Quancan Hou, Jianxi Bao, Simiao Zhang, Ziwen Li, Yanbo Wang, Tingwei Yan, Xiaojing Sun, Yuwen Zhang, Jinping Li, Xiangyuan Wan*.ZmMs30 Encoding a Novel GDSL Lipase is Essential for Male Fertility and Valuable for Hybrid Breeding in Maize. Molecular Plant, 2019, 12(3), 343–359. [3] DanfengZhang, Suowei Wu, Xueli An, Ke Xie, Zhenying Dong, Yan Zhou, Liwen Xu, Wen Fang, Shensi Liu, Shuangshuang Liu, Taotao Zhu, Jinping Li, Liqun Rao, Jiuran Zhao*, Xiangyuan Wan*, Construction of a multi-control sterility system for a maize male-sterile line and hybrid seed production based on the ZmMs7 gene encoding a PHD-finger transcription factor, Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2018, 16: 459-471 [4] Ke Xie,Suowei Wu, Ziwen Li, Yan Zhou, Danfeng Zhang, Zhenying Dong, Xueli An, Taotao Zhu, Simiao Zhang, Shuangshuang Liu, Jinping Li, Xiangyuan Wan*. Map-based cloning and characterization of Zea mays male sterility33 (ZmMs33) gene, encoding a glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2018, 131: 1363-1378. [5] Taotao Zhu, Suowei Wu, Danfeng Zhang, Ziwen Li, Ke Xie, Xueli An, Biao Ma, Quancan Hou, Zhenying Dong, Youhui Tian, Jinping Li, Xiangyuan Wan*. Genome-wide analysis of maize GPAT gene family and cytological characterization and breeding application of ZmMs33/ZmGPAT6 gene. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2019, 132(7): 2137-2154. doi: 10.1007/s00122-019-03343-y. [6] Qian Sun, Yong Zhang, Ziwen Li, Hai Yan, Jinping Li and Xiangyuan Wan*. Mechanism analysis of improved glucose homeostasis and cholesterol metabolism in high-fat-induced obese mice treated with La-SJLH001 via transcriptomics and culturomics. Food & Function, 2019, 10(6): 3556-3566. doi: 10.1039/c9fo00205g. [7] Yong Zhang, Qian Sun, Ziwen Li, Hongyuan Wang, Jinping Li, Xiangyuan Wan*. Fermented soybean powder containing Bacillus subtilis SJLH001 protects against obesity in mice by improving transport function and inhibiting angiogenesis. Journal of Functional Foods, 2019, 59, 60-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.jffff.2019.05.033. [8] Yanbo Wang, Suowei Wu, Dongcheng Liu, Xueli An, Zhenying Dong, Simiao Zhang, Jianxi Bao, Youhui Tian, Jinping Li and Xiangyuan Wan*. Map-based cloning, phylogenetic and microsynteny analyses of ZmMs20 gene regulating male fertility in maize. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2019, 20(6). pii: E1411. doi: 10.3390/ijms20061411. [9] Ziwen Li, Xueli An, Taotao Zhu, Tingwei Yan, Suowei Wu, Youhui Tian, Jinping Li, and Xiangyuan Wan*. Discovering and Constructing ceRNA-miRNA-Target Gene Regulatory Networks during Anther Development in Maize. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2019, 20(14). pii: E3480. doi: 10.3390/ ijms20143480 [10] Ziwen Li, Xiangyuan Wan*. Long-term evolutionary dynamics of DNA methylations in protein-coding genes. Gene, 2018, 677: 96-104.

Postgraduate training


  • School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, USTB
  • 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing,100083