Dr. Jianmin Wan, Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Ministry of Education. He received his PhD degree in Genetics and Breeding from Kyoto University. His fundamental research is on rice functional genomics and molecular breeding, including mapping, discovery and cloning of agronomical important genes/QTLs involved rice grain quality, hybrid sterility, yield, rice blast and abiotic stress. Current research is also focusing on the establishment of high-efficient rice agrobacteium-mediated transformation system. The research will provide some theoretical basis and new technologies for the development of rice genetic engineering and obtain new rice varieties by pyramiding the important genes. He has made significant contributions to understanding molecular mechanisms regulating plant architecture, meiosis, photoperiod and flowering, nitrogen utilization and hybrid sterility. By using molecular markers and the pyramiding technology, Dr. Wan has developed various genetic materials and 14 new rice varieties.