Dr. Huanming Yang co-founded Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in 1999 and is currently President and Professor of BGI and member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China.
He received his Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1988. As the co-founders of Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), he and his collaborators have made a significant contribution to the HGP and HapMap projects, as well as to sequencing and analysing genomes of rice, chicken, silkworm, giant panda, cucumber, and many microorganisms. BGI has published the first Asian’s genome, human pan-genome, human ancient genome, and human gut metagenoms by means of new-generation sequencing technoloty and innovative bioinformatic tools recently in Science, Nature and other internatioanlly prestigious journals. BGI now has become one of the major genomics centers in the world.
Dr. Yang 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 Sciences (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 Academy of Sciences in 2009.