Professor NG Danny Wang Kit


(Office): Room EG07, Science Centre East Block
(Lab): Room G90, Science Centre South Block

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Ph.D. in Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States
2001 M.Phil. in Biology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1998 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


  • Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK
  • Investigator, State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology, CUHK

Research Interests

  • Epigenetics and gene regulation
  • Plant defense against pathogens
  • Polyploidy and hybrid vigor
  • Crop biotechnology

Representative Publications

  1. Chow, H.T., and Ng, D.W.# (2017). Regulation of miR163 and its targets in defense against Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis thaliana. Sci. Rep. 7, 46433.
  2. Ng, D.W.#, Chen, H.H.Y.*, and Chen, Z.J. (2017). Heterologous protein-DNA interactions lead to biased allelic expression of circadian clock genes in interspecific hybrids. Sci. Rep. 7, 45087.
  3. Ng, D.W., Miller, M.*, Yu, H.*, Huang, T, Kim, E.D., Lu, J., Xie, Q., McClung, C.R., and Chen, Z.J. (2014). A role of CHH methylation in the parent-of-origin effect on altered circadian rhythms and growth vigor in plant hybrids. Plant Cell 26, 2430-2440.
  4. Shi, X., Ng, D.W.*, Zhang, C., Comai, L., Ye, W., and Chen, Z.J. (2012). Cis- and trans-regulatory divergence between progenitor species determines gene-expression novelty in Arabidopsis allopolyploids. Nat. Commun. 3, 950.
  5. Ng, D.W., Lu, J.*, and Chen, Z.J. (2012). Big roles for small RNAs in polyploidy, hybrid vigor and hybrid incompatibility. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 15, 1-8.
  6. Ng, D.W., Zhang, C., Miller, M., Shen, Z., Briggs, S.P., and Chen, Z.J. (2011). Proteomic divergence in Arabidopsis autopolyploids and allopolyploids and their progenitors. Heredity 108, 419-430.
  7. Ng, D.W., Zhang, C., Miller, M., Palmer, G., Whiteley, M., Tholl, D. and Chen, Z.J. (2011). Cis- and trans-regulation of expression divergence between miR163 and its targets in two Arabidopsis species their allopolyploids. Plant Cell 23, 1729-1740.
  8. Ha, M., Ng, D.W., Li, W., and Chen, Z.J. (2011). Coordinated histone modifications are associated with gene expression variation within and between species. Genome Res. 21, 590-598.
  9. Lackey, E., Ng, D.W.*, and Chen, Z.J. (2009). RNAi-mediated down-regulation of DCL1 and AGO1 in Arabidopsis resynthesized allotetraploids, New Phytol. 186, 207-215.
  10. Ng, D.W. and Hall, T.C. (2008). PvALF and FUS3 activate expression from the phaseolin promoter by different mechanisms. Plant Mol. Biol. 66, 233-244.

* Equal contribution as the first author
# Corresponding author

Research Grants

  • 2017-2025: UGC-AoE, Center for genomic studies on plant-environment interaction for sustainable agriculture and food security, HK$81,156,000. (co-PI; with Hon-Ming Lam at CUHK as PI)
  • 2017-2018: Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty Research Grant, Characterization of the parent-of-origin effect in transgenerational defense priming in two Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes, HK$135,000. (PI)
  • 2015-2017: Research Grant Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), Regulation and functional role of Arabidopsis miR163 and its targets in plant defense, HK$565,370. (PI)
  • 2013-2015: Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty Research Grant, Study the role of Arabidopsis thaliana miR163 and its targets in plant defense, HK$150,000. (PI)
  • 2013-2014: Research Grant Council (RGC) Early Career Scheme, Mechanism of WRKY factors-mediated defense and heterosis in Arabidopsis polyploids, HK$617,353. (PI)

Professional Activities

  • Editorial board: Evolutionary and Population Genetics (specialty section of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Genetics and Frontiers in Plant Science).
  • Reviewer for Journals: The Plant Cell, PLOS One, Heredity, The Plant Journal, Molecules, Planta, Plant Cell and Environment, Plant Science, Scientific Reports.