Chair Professor Department of Biology
Xing Wang Deng is a university endowed professor of plant biology at Peking University. He graduated from Peking University in 1985 with an MS degree and then from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 with a PhD in plant biology. He joined the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 1992. Before moving back to China, Xing Wang was Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Yale University until 2014. His work has been reported in around 300 peer-reviewed publications, 14 in “Nature”, “Science” and “Cell” journals. Prof. Deng was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award in 1995, the Kumho Science International Award in 2003 and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013.
Professor Deng’s research is focused on light-mediated development in plants. Light is not only the major energy source, but also one of the essential environmental factors affecting the plant development throughout their life circle. We specifically focus on the following two areas:
1. Molecular mechanism of photomorphogenesis in plants
2. Molecular design breeding in crops
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Welcome to the Department of Biology! Since its establishment in 2012, the Department of Biology has attracted internationally renowned professors to join as leaders and dozens of young scientists to start their independent academic career here pursuit of excellence in research and teaching. The research interests of our faculty members include diverse topics such as systems biology, plant biology, neurobiology, structural biology and molecular cell biology. The primary goals of our faculty are to address the most significant fundamental biological questions and to develop new strategies to treat various complex diseases. Such efforts will benefit from the shared inter-disciplinary collaborative spirit deeply rooted in the minds of all the faculty members working in different departments at SUSTech.
Mentoring the next generation biologists with the highest standards is another primary task of the Department of Biology. Our professors choose internationally acclaimed textbooks to teach core courses biological sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Undergraduates are encouraged to join the laboratory early to get firsthand working experience in basic and/or applied biological research, which helps them to consolidate the mastering of basic techniques, to broaden their knowledge horizons and to acquire the capabilities of problem identifying, hypothesis formulating and problem solving.
Life science, one of the fastest developing natural scientific disciplines, has been the driving force behind the growth of the world economy and provides the know for the development of new technologies serving to improve the human health and welfare at large. Wit generous financial support from the Shenzhen municipal government, we are confident that the Department of Biology in SUSTech will surely grow into a top tier globally-renowned research and teaching center！
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