Hao-Jen Huang

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Hao-Jen Huang received a D.Phil. degree in biochemistry from the University of Oxford (1995-1998). Professor Huang currently lectures in the Department of Life Sciences at the National Cheng Kung University. Huang also participates as a Member of the Botanical Society of Taiwan. Huang?s research involves understanding the growth alteration and molecular mechanisms in plants exposed to heavy metals. This sort of research requires the application of genetic engineering plant tissues for phytoremediation. Furthermore, Huang researches a project that focuses on the development of a rapid and reliable detection of pathogens in orchid agriculture, including bacteria and fungi. Moreover, the team working on this project has identified two pathogen-responsive transcription factors: PabZIP and PaWRKY. Finally, Huang?s last research investigates the effects of high temperature and vernalization on the flowering-time control of broccoli. These effects include flowering locus C while Agamous-Like24 (AGL24) may exhibit a novel function in curd formation in the vegetable. This project is partly in collaboration with the National Institute of Genetics (NIG) in Japan.

Biography Updated on 30 July 2012

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