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Dr. Zhangliang Chen

Dr. Zhangliang Chen

Dr. Zhangliang Chen, one of China’s most prominent scientists, was born in Fujian, China. He attended Huanan Tropical Crops College and went on to receive his Ph.D. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis. His studies focused on gene cloning and development of disease and pest-resistant plants. He returned to China after receiving his Ph. D. to establish the National Laboratory of Plant Genetic Engineering at Peking University. 

Dr. Chen became the youngest full professor in China at the age of 27 and went on to become Vice President of Peking University and President of the Chinese Agricultural University. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Chen also founded and served as president of the Weiming Biotechnology Company. He has been a representative to China’s National People’s Congress, Vice-Chairman of the China Biotechnology Association and Vice-Chairman for the China National Youth Federation. He is currently serving as Vice-Governor of Guangxi Province.

Dr. Chen has published several books and more than 150 research papers as well as holds seven patents.  Among his honors and awards are TIME’S Global 100 Roster of Young Leaders for the New Millennium, the UNESCO Javed Husain Prize for Young Scientists, and Alumnus of the Year 2002 from the University of Washington.  

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