Yafan Huang

Yafan Huang

President and Chief Scientific Officer, Performance Plants at Performance Plants Inc.

1287 Gardiners Road, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
HQ Phone:
(613) 545-0390

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M.Sc.  - plant biochemistry , 

Ph.D.  - Biology , Queen's University


Postdoctoral Fellow  - University of Illinois

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Dr. Yafan Huang
Dr. Yafan Huang, Ph.D President and Chief Scientific Officer, Performance Plants

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Dr. Yafan Huang Dr. Yafan Huang, Performance Plants President and Chief Scientific Officer, Performance Plants Dr. Huang joined Performance Plants in 1998 as the Manager of Technology Development. He was appointed as the Director of Research in 2001 and then held the position of VP Research and Chief Scientific Officer beginning in 2004. Dr. Huang was appointed as the President and CSO of the company in 2010. Dr. Huang is responsible for the company's overall science, technology and commercial development. He is regarded as one of the world leaders in the field of plant biotechnology. Dr. Huang has authored extensive research papers on plant signal transduction and stress tolerance, and presented many keynote seminars and symposia at prestigious research conferences and research institutes around the world. Dr. Huang's profound international credibility in plant science research has made a strong contribution to his role as the President of the company, where he has successfully built multiple technology licensing and commercial partnerships with international seed companies, thereby putting strong footholds of the company's technology products in the worldwide market. Dr. Huang holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Queen's University in plant molecular biology and biochemistry in 1995. He spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago working in the area of plant signal transduction.

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Dr. Huang, president of Performance Plants is interviewed and published in Eisenstein's article in NATURE, Outlook, Agriculture and Drought, Plant breeding: Discovery in a dry spell, Nature v501, Issue 7468.
Dr. Yafan Huang, president of Performance Plants (PPI) was interviewed and offers insight on yield and PPI technologies. Performance Plants is described as the "best of breed" for using genetic approaches to enhance crop yield under drought and heat stresses. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of yield. "Many papers look at seedlings in a Petri dish, where you can get a lot of fast results," says Huang.

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