Li Jiayang

Li Jiayang
Professor Jiayang Li ForMemRS.jpg
Li Jiayang in 2015
Native name
Born1956 (age 62–63)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisPurification and properties of ATP sulfurylase and adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate sulfotransferase from Euglena (1991)
Doctoral advisorJerome A. Schiff[10][11]
InfluencesRobert L. Last[12]

Li Jiayang (Chinese: 李家洋; born 1956)[1] ForMemRS[2] is a Chinese agronomist and geneticist. He is Vice Minister of Agriculture in China and President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). He is also Professor and Principal investigator at the Institute of Genetics and Development at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).[1][2][13][14][15]


Li was educated at Anhui Agricultural University in China where he was award a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy in 1982.[1] He continued his education in the United States where he was awarded a PhD in 1991 from Brandeis University for his research into the enzymes involved in the reduction of sulfate (ATP sulfurylase and adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate sulfotransferase) in the single-celled organism Euglena.[11]


Following his PhD, Li completed postdoctoral research with Robert L. Last at Cornell University.[12][16][17][18][19] He has been Professor of plant molecular genetics at the Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1994.

Awards and honours

Li was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2015. His nomination reads:[2]

Professor Jiayang Li has made seminal contributions to establishing forward genetics approaches in rice and in using them to understand rice growth habit. He has identified and characterized key transcription factors and hormonal signals that determine rice architecture, and he has demonstrated that this fundamental knowledge can contribute to the development of improved rice varieties through marker assisted breeding.

Li was also elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2001,[3] a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2004, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the USA in 2011, a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2012, and a Foreign Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d "Li Jiayang 李家洋: Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Botanical Molecular Geneticist". Archived from the original on 2015-06-04.
  2. ^ a b c d "Professor Jiayang Li ForMemRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ a b "Member Directory: Jiayang Li". Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2014-11-27.
  4. ^ Li, X.; Qian, Q.; Fu, Z.; Wang, Y.; Xiong, G.; Zeng, D.; Wang, X.; Liu, X.; Teng, S.; Hiroshi, F.; Yuan, M.; Luo, D.; Han, B.; Li, J. (2003). "Control of tillering in rice". Nature. 422 (6932): 618–621. doi:10.1038/nature01518. PMID 12687001.
  5. ^ Feng, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Hao, P.; Wang, S.; Fu, G.; Huang, Y.; Li, Y.; Zhu, J.; Liu, Y.; Hu, X.; Jia, P.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, Q.; Ying, K.; Yu, S.; Tang, Y.; Weng, Q.; Zhang, L.; Lu, Y.; Mu, J.; Lu, Y.; Zhang, L. S.; Yu, Z.; Fan, D.; Liu, X.; Lu, T.; Li, C.; Wu, Y.; Sun, T.; et al. (2002). "Sequence and analysis of rice chromosome 4". Nature. 420 (6913): 316–320. doi:10.1038/nature01183. PMID 12447439.
  6. ^ Huang, X.; Wei, X.; Sang, T.; Zhao, Q.; Feng, Q.; Zhao, Y.; Li, C.; Zhu, C.; Lu, T.; Zhang, Z.; Li, M.; Fan, D.; Guo, Y.; Wang, A.; Wang, L.; Deng, L.; Li, W.; Lu, Y.; Weng, Q.; Liu, K.; Huang, T.; Zhou, T.; Jing, Y.; Li, W.; Lin, Z.; Buckler, E. S.; Qian, Q.; Zhang, Q. F.; Li, J.; Han, B. (2010). "Genome-wide association studies of 14 agronomic traits in rice landraces". Nature Genetics. 42 (11): 961–967. doi:10.1038/ng.695. PMID 20972439.
  7. ^ Jiao, Y.; Wang, Y.; Xue, D.; Wang, J.; Yan, M.; Liu, G.; Dong, G.; Zeng, D.; Lu, Z.; Zhu, X.; Qian, Q.; Li, J. (2010). "Regulation of OsSPL14 by OsmiR156 defines ideal plant architecture in rice". Nature Genetics. 42 (6): 541–544. doi:10.1038/ng.591. PMID 20495565.
  8. ^ Hu, Y; Bao, F; Li, J (2000). "Promotive effect of brassinosteroids on cell division involves a distinct CycD3-induction pathway in Arabidopsis". The Plant Journal. 24 (5): 693–701. doi:10.1046/j.1365-313x.2000.00915.x. PMID 11123807.
  9. ^ "Joint Laboratory for Plant Sciences: University of Leeds & Chinese Academy of Sciences". University of Leeds. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09.
  10. ^ Li, J. Y.; Schiff, J. A. (1991). "Purification and properties of adenosine 5'-phosphosulphate sulphotransferase from Euglena". The Biochemical Journal. 274 (2): 355–60. doi:10.1042/bj2740355. PMC 1150144. PMID 2006905.
  11. ^ a b Li, Jiayang (1991). Purification and properties of ATP sulfurylase and adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate sulfotransferase from Euglena (PhD thesis). Brandeis University. OCLC 24577153.
  12. ^ a b Rose, A. B.; Li, J; Last, R. L. (1997). "An allelic series of blue fluorescent trp1 mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana". Genetics. 145 (1): 197–205. PMC 1207778. PMID 9017401.
  13. ^ Li Jiayang's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Huang, X; Yang, S; Gong, J; Zhao, Y; Feng, Q; Gong, H; Li, W; Zhan, Q; Cheng, B; Xia, J; Chen, N; Hao, Z; Liu, K; Zhu, C; Huang, T; Zhao, Q; Zhang, L; Fan, D; Zhou, C; Lu, Y; Weng, Q; Wang, Z. X.; Li, J; Han, B (2015). "Genomic analysis of hybrid rice varieties reveals numerous superior alleles that contribute to heterosis". Nature Communications. 6: 6258. doi:10.1038/ncomms7258. PMC 4327311. PMID 25651972.
  15. ^ "Jiayang Li, Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Plant Architecture and Grain Quality". Chinese Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-06-04.
  16. ^ Li, J; Last, R. L. (1996). "The Arabidopsis thaliana trp5 mutant has a feedback-resistant anthranilate synthase and elevated soluble tryptophan". Plant Physiology. 110 (1): 51–9. doi:10.1104/pp.110.1.51. PMC 157693. PMID 8587994.
  17. ^ Li, J; Chen, S; Zhu, L; Last, R. L. (1995). "Isolation of cDNAs encoding the tryptophan pathway enzyme indole-3-glycerol phosphate synthase from Arabidopsis thaliana". Plant Physiology. 108 (2): 877–8. doi:10.1104/pp.108.2.877. PMC 157433. PMID 7610197.
  18. ^ Li, J; Zhao, J; Rose, A. B.; Schmidt, R; Last, R. L. (1995). "Arabidopsis phosphoribosylanthranilate isomerase: Molecular genetic analysis of triplicate tryptophan pathway genes". The Plant Cell Online. 7 (4): 447–61. doi:10.1105/tpc.7.4.447. PMC 160795. PMID 7773017.
  19. ^ Li, J; Ou-Lee, T. M.; Raba, R; Amundson, R. G.; Last, R. L. (1993). "Arabidopsis Flavonoid Mutants Are Hypersensitive to UV-B Irradiation". The Plant Cell Online. 5 (2): 171–179. doi:10.1105/tpc.5.2.171. PMC 160260. PMID 12271060.

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