Professor YU Weichang


(Office): Rm G02-04, Run Run Shaw Science Building

(Lab): Rm G02-06, Run Run Shaw Science Building

People YWC


(Office): (852) 3943 1270

(Lab): (852) 3943 1270

Fax (852) 2603 6382
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2002 Ph.D., University of Missouri
1991 M.Sc., Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Science Academy
1988 B.Sc., Peking University


  • 2008- Present Principal Investigator, State (China) Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2007- Present Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2002-2007 Postdoc Research Fellow, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

Research Interests

  • Plant Artificial Chromosomes
  • Structure and function of plant chromosomes
  • Plant made pharmaceuticals

Representative Publications

  • Xu C, Yu W, 2011. Telomere truncation in plants. Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol 701, pp113-130.
  • Harries PA, Palanichelvam K, Yu W, Schoelz JE, Nelson RS, 2009. The cauliflower mosaic virus protein P6 forms motile inclusions that traffic along actin microfilaments and stabilize microtubules. Plant Physiology 149, 1005-1016.
  • Vega JM, Yu W, Han F, Kato A, Peters EM, Zhang ZJ, Birchler JA, 2008. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of maize (Zea mays) with Cre-lox site specific recombination cassettes in BIBAC vectors. Plant Molecular Biology 66, 587-598.
  • Vega JM, Yu W, Kennon AR, Chen X, Zhang ZJ, 2008. Improvement of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Hi-II maize (Zea mays) using standard binary vectors. Plant Cell Report 27, 297-305.
  • Yu W, Han F, Birchler JA, 2007. Engineered minichromosomes in plants. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 18, 425-431.
  • Yu W, Han F, Gao Z, Vega JM, Birchler JA, 2007. Construction and behavior of engineered minichromosomes in maize, PNAS 104, 8924-8929.
  • Yu W, Lamb JC, Han F, Birchler JA, 2007. Cytological visualization of transposable elements and transpositions in somatic cells of maize. Genetics 175, 31-39.
  • Han F, Gao Z, Yu W, Birchler JA, 2007. Minichromosome analysis of chromosome pairing, disjunction, and sister chromatid cohesion in maize. Plant Cell 19, 3853-3863.
  • Han F, Lamb JC, Yu W, Gao Z, Birchler JA, 2007. Centromere function and nondisjunction are independent components of the maize B chromosome accumulation mechanism. Plant Cell 9, 524-533.
  • Yu W, Lamb JC, Han F, Birchler JA, 2006. Telomere-associated chromosomal truncation in maize. PNAS 103, 17331-17336.

Research Grants

  • 2008-2011, GRF, Construction of rice artificial chromosomes,$987,904
  • 2009-2012, GRF, Chromosomal adaptation during somatic hybridization and its application in chromosome transfer,$1,061,910
  • 2007-2010, Area of Excellence Sustained Fund, Plant Artificial Chromosomes, $1,200,000


  • Yu W, Vega JM, Birchler JA, 2007. “Plant Artificial Chromosome Platforms via Telomere Truncation”. US20070300331 and WO/2007/134122.
  • W. 于, J.M. 唯加, J. 伯奇勒, 2009。通过端粒截断的植物人工染色体平台,中国专利公开号:CN 101484581A.

Professional Activities

  • Editorial boards, Journal of Ornamental and Horticultural Plants, Journal of Plant Genetics and Transgenics, and Journal of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Members, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), the International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB), the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI), the Chinese Society for Plant Physiology