Lectures Staff Notices

A Voyage in the Sea of Research: Retrospective from a Sino-British Scientist

Dear Friends and Colleagues

A Voyage in the Sea of Research: Retrospective from a Sino-British Scientist

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Yiguo Hong

Wednesday 6 March, 5.15 for 5.30pm

Urwin Lecture Theatre, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ

It gives me great pleasure to invite you and your guest to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Yiguo Hong, Wednesday 6 March, 5.30pm, at the University of Worcester. The lecture, entitled A Voyage in the Sea of Research: Retrospective from a Sino-British Scientist, will be followed by a wine and canapés reception, to which you are also warmly invited.

Professor Yiguo Hong obtained his BSc in Biology from Sichuan University in 1984, MSc in Microbial Genetics from Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in 1987, and PhD in Plant Virology from Beijing Institute of Microbiology, CAS in 1990. He then worked as a Junior Research Leader at Beijing Institute of Microbiology until 1992, subsequently earning three consecutive postdoctoral positions, working on plant and fungal viruses.

In 1999, Professor Hong was appointed as an independent Research Leader at Horticulture Research International (HRI), and promoted by merit to Senior Research Leader at Warwick-HRI in 2003. Since 2011 he has been Professor in Molecular Biology and Director of the Research Centre for Plant RNA Signaling, Hangzhou Normal University, while holding long-term Visiting Professorship at the University of Warwick. He serves as a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Panel College. His research has been supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), The Royal Society, Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Ministry of Agriculture of China and University Funds. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in international journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Nature Genetics and eLife. He reviewed papers for many high-impact journals including PNAS and Nature Plants, and assessed grant proposals for international funding agents.

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Yiguo Hong will take the listener on a journey from his primary school education in China to becoming an independent researcher in the UK. Professor Hong will refer to over 30 years of research on various subjects including bacterial genetics, plant viruses as both “friend and foe”, genes that are essential for both tomato fruit ripening and the control of plant flowering time, and novel technology for crop improvement. All of these scientific aspects will be discussed in the context of their relevance to scientific interests and social benefits.

We do hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP at or by calling Becky Lowe on 01905 857515.

With best wishes

Professor David Green CBE
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
University of Worcester

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