Professor Zhou Xueping, Director at the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) since August 2013. During the past 20 years, he has made great achievement in elucidating function of geminiviruses and Rice stripe virus encoded proteins, deciphering the mechanism of plant-virus interactions, as well as in engineering genetic plants for viral disease resistance. He has published more than 200 original research articles in international journals, including Molecular Cells, Genes & Development, Annual Review of Phytopathology, PLoS Pathogens, Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Plant Journal and Journal of Virology. The papers have been extensively cited by top peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Microbiolgy, and Trends in Plant Science.
Dr. Zhou is a project leader of a number of national research programs, including National Key Basic Research and Development Program (“973” program), National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program (“863” Program), and National Natural Science Foundation program, etc. In 2002, he was elected as a member of the Geminiviridae Study group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in recognition of his great contribution to geminiviruses. He was also elected as editorial board members of several professional journals, such as Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction, Journal of General Virology, and Virology, and also be invited as section editor of Virology Journal.
Dr. Zhou has won several national or provincial awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to plant virology. He was awarded for the National Outstanding Young Scientist of China in 2001 and National Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Outstanding Scientists in 2004. He was also honored as professors of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of the Ministry of Education in 2006, and acts as chief scientist of the innovation team in CAAS. Additionally, he won the Second Prize of State Natural Science Award and achieved other 5 awards for research achievements from the Zhejiang Province and Ministry of Education.