Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian wins State Science Award for discovery that could remap marine ecosystem and boosts efficiency for shipping industry

Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian, Programs Director of Environmental Science Programs/ Chair Professor of the Division of Life Science, won the second-class honor of the prestigious 2016 Natural Science Award from the State Council, for his discovery of biofilm's impact on the initial colonization of marine benthos-organisms that live on or near the seabed such as corals and shells.

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Other Research Achievements

  • Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian's team has made a breakthrough in understanding the chemical structure and biosynthesis of colibactin, and thus provided new insights into the molecular basis and mode of action of this coloreactal cancer-linked human gut bacterial genotoxin. The findings were published in the prestigious scientific journal/ Nature Chemical Biology/ in October 2016.

  • Prof. Pei- Yuan Qian's team has recently deciphered the genomes of a chemosynthesis ecosystem endemic mussel and its shallow-water relatives, and this research has been published in Nature Ecology & Evolution in March 2017.

  • Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian revealed active didemnin B synthesis with the help of secreted enzyme isolated from marine invertebrates. (highlighted by Nature Review and Spotlights on Recent JACS publication)

  • Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian’s noval discovery of the important sense of sight (eyes) of settling larvae in recognizing conspecific adults, which leads to gregarious settlement of barnacle.

  • Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian revealed molecular mechanisms of larval settlement and metamorphosis of several important marine invertebrates using transcriptomic-proteomic-genomic approach.

  • Prof. Pei-Yuan Qian’s novel discovery of biosynthesis pathway of the didemnin anticancer agent (highlighted by J AM Chem Soc. & Nat Review).

  • Prof. Jimmy Fung research on the impact of urbanization on air circulation and air pollution within mega-cities.

  • Prof. Jianping Gan's research group of Ocean Dynamics and Modeling has developed a multi-scale observation-modeling system for ocean circulation and coupled physics-biochemistry processes in China Seas. The system links estuaries, shelf seas, South China Sea basin and western Pacific Ocean and has been used in research of marine science and marine environment in the China Sea.

  • Prof. Stanley Lau developed analytical methods for the detection of pathogens in seawater.

  • Prof. Hongbin Liu’s research on the study the mechanisms of microbial processes that affect the oceanic carbon cycling and the impact of global climate change on marine ecosystems.

  • Prof. Wen-Xiong Wang revealed the biokinetics of trace metals in marine organisms.

  • Prof. Jianzhen Yu has developed a number of analytical methods for trace-level organic compounds in atmospheric particles, established a start-of-art laboratory for PM2.5 chemical speciation, and discovered multiple atmospheric reaction pathways and precursors important to the formation of PM2.5 in the Pearl River Delta.