Academic Profile

Dr. HONG Yan is a plant biologist and plant biotechnologist. He moved from US to Singapore in 1993 and conducted independent R&D projects since 1995 in the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (IMA) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL). He worked on horticulture, herbal medicine, plant metabolites, sustainable food, wood and bioenergy, with funding from NIH, various Singapore government agencies and commercial companies. He has >50 peer reviewed research papers, several book chapters and 10 patents to his name. Technologies developed in his group contributed to the setting up of two biotechnology companies that he also helped manage. Before joining SBS as a full-time faculty, he served as the founding manager and later the Chief Scientific Officer of JOil (S) Pte Ltd, the global leading player on developing Jatropha curcas as a tropical oil crop for sustainable bioenergy. On top of his rich experience in setting up and management of biotechnology companies, he has been teaching and supervising PhD, MSc and FYP students in NTU since 2004.
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Dr Hong Yan
Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences
Assistant Chair (Internship), School of Biological Sciences (SBS)

His current research interests are:
-Plant secondary metabolism and genetic manipulation
-Genetic modification of plant: technology, field trial and regulatory approval
-Genomics and genetics of tropical tree species
-Plant breeding
  • Rapid and non-destructive detection of incipient tree root decay
  • Li CH, Ng AL, Xie LF, Mao HZ, Qiu CX, Ramachandran S, Yin ZC, Hong Y. (2016). Engineering low phorbol ester Jatrpoha curcas seed by intercepting casbene biosynthesis. Plant Cell Reports, 35(1), 103-114.

  • Kasthurirengan S, Xie LF, Li CH, Hong Y. (2013). In vitro propagation and assessment of genetic stability of micropropagated Samanea saman (rain tree) using microsatellite markers. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 35, 2467-2474.

  • Wang CM, Liu P, Yi C, Gu K, Sun F, Li L, Lo LC, Liu X, Feng F, Lin G, Cao S, Hong Y, Yin ZC, Yue GH. (2011). A First Generation Microsatellite- and SNP-Based Linkage Map of Jatropha. PLoS ONE, 6, e823632.

  • Zhang J, Cai L, Cheng J, Mao H, Fan XP, Meng ZH, Chan KM, Zhang H, Qi J, Ji LH, Hong Y. (2008). Transgene integration and organization in Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) genome. Transgenic Research, 17, 293-306.

  • Hong YQ, Lau AJ, Yeo CL, Liu XK, Yang CR, Koh HL, Hong Y. (2005). Genetic diversity and variation of saponin contents in Panax notoginseng roots from a single farm. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 52(22), 8460-8467.