Wang Jun (scientist)

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Wang presenting a his Human Genome Organization (HUGO) 2015 Chen Award lecture in Kuala Lumpur

Wang Jun (Chinese: 王俊; born June 4, 1976) is a Chinese scientist, founder and CEO of iCarbonX, and former CEO of the Beijing Genomics Institute (now known as BGI).[1]

While studying as a PhD student at Peking University, in 1999 Wang founded the bioinformatics group at BGI, which lead China's contribution to sequencing 1% of the Human Genome Project.[2] His team was subsequently involved in efforts to genetically sequence the first Asian person,[3] the rice plant,[4] SARS, the giant panda,[5] silkworms,[6] pigs,[7] chickens,[8] goats,[9] and the human gut microbiome,[10] amongst other organisms.[11][12]

He was an Ole Romer professor at the University of Copenhagen and coauthored more than 100 papers.[13]

In July 2015, he announced he would be stepping down from his role at BGI to focus on developing artificial intelligence,[14][15] claiming that "both life sciences and genomics have now run into a bottleneck in handling data from tens of thousands of samples... AI and machine learning could do something with big data and for people's health."[16]


  • National Excellent PhD Thesis for Highest Academic Standing from the Ministry of Education, China[17]
  • Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Lundbeck 2005 Talent Prize[18]
  • Cell's "40 under 40"[19]
  • Nature's 2012 "Ten people who mattered this year"[20]
  • Fortune's 2013 "40 under 40"[21]
  • Human Genome Organization (HUGO) 2015 Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research[22]


  1. ^ Callaway, Ewen; Cyranoski, David. "Visionary leader of China's genomics powerhouse steps down". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2015.18059. 
  2. ^ "Head of China's leading genome sequencing organization steps down, discusses what's next". Science | AAAS. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  3. ^ Wang, Jun; Wang, Wei; Li, Ruiqiang; Li, Yingrui; Tian, Geng; Goodman, Laurie; Fan, Wei; Zhang, Junqing; Li, Jun (2008-11-06). "The diploid genome sequence of an Asian individual". Nature. 456 (7218): 60–65. doi:10.1038/nature07484. ISSN 0028-0836. PMC 2716080Freely accessible. PMID 18987735. 
  4. ^ Xu, Xun; Liu, Xin; Ge, Song; Jensen, Jeffrey D.; Hu, Fengyi; Li, Xin; Dong, Yang; Gutenkunst, Ryan N.; Fang, Lin (2012-01-01). "Resequencing 50 accessions of cultivated and wild rice yields markers for identifying agronomically important genes". Nature Biotechnology. 30 (1): 105–111. doi:10.1038/nbt.2050. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  5. ^ Li, Ruiqiang; Fan, Wei; Tian, Geng; Zhu, Hongmei; He, Lin; Cai, Jing; Huang, Quanfei; Cai, Qingle; Li, Bo (2010-01-21). "The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome". Nature. 463 (7279): 311–317. doi:10.1038/nature08696. ISSN 0028-0836. PMC 3951497Freely accessible. PMID 20010809. 
  6. ^ Xiang, Hui; Zhu, Jingde; Chen, Quan; Dai, Fangyin; Li, Xin; Li, Muwang; Zhang, Hongyu; Zhang, Guojie; Li, Dong (2010-05-01). "Single base-resolution methylome of the silkworm reveals a sparse epigenomic map". Nature Biotechnology. 28 (5): 516–520. doi:10.1038/nbt.1626. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  7. ^ Gorodkin, Jan; Cirera, Susanna; Hedegaard, Jakob; Gilchrist, Michael J.; Panitz, Frank; Jørgensen, Claus; Scheibye-Knudsen, Karsten; Arvin, Troels; Lumholdt, Steen (2007-01-01). "Porcine transcriptome analysis based on 97 non-normalized cDNA libraries and assembly of 1,021,891 expressed sequence tags". Genome Biology. 8: R45. doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-4-r45. ISSN 1474-760X. PMC 1895994Freely accessible. PMID 17407547. 
  8. ^ Muir, William M.; Wong, Gane Ka-Shu; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Jun; Groenen, Martien A. M.; Crooijmans, Richard P. M. A.; Megens, Hendrik-Jan; Zhang, Huanmin; Okimoto, Ron (2008-11-11). "Genome-wide assessment of worldwide chicken SNP genetic diversity indicates significant absence of rare alleles in commercial breeds". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105 (45): 17312–17317. doi:10.1073/pnas.0806569105. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 2582254Freely accessible. PMID 18981413. 
  9. ^ Dong, Yang; Xie, Min; Jiang, Yu; Xiao, Nianqing; Du, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Wenguang; Tosser-Klopp, Gwenola; Wang, Jinhuan; Yang, Shuang (2013-02-01). "Sequencing and automated whole-genome optical mapping of the genome of a domestic goat (Capra hircus)". Nature Biotechnology. 31 (2): 135–141. doi:10.1038/nbt.2478. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  10. ^ Li, Junhua; Jia, Huijue; Cai, Xianghang; Zhong, Huanzi; Feng, Qiang; Sunagawa, Shinichi; Arumugam, Manimozhiyan; Kultima, Jens Roat; Prifti, Edi (2014-08-01). "An integrated catalog of reference genes in the human gut microbiome". Nature Biotechnology. 32 (8): 834–841. doi:10.1038/nbt.2942. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  11. ^ Xiao, Liang; Feng, Qiang; Liang, Suisha; Sonne, Si Brask; Xia, Zhongkui; Qiu, Xinmin; Li, Xiaoping; Long, Hua; Zhang, Jianfeng (2015-10-01). "A catalog of the mouse gut metagenome". Nature Biotechnology. 33 (10): 1103–1108. doi:10.1038/nbt.3353. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  12. ^ Zhang, Gengyun; Liu, Xin; Quan, Zhiwu; Cheng, Shifeng; Xu, Xun; Pan, Shengkai; Xie, Min; Zeng, Peng; Yue, Zhen (2012-06-01). "Genome sequence of foxtail millet (Setaria italica) provides insights into grass evolution and biofuel potential". Nature Biotechnology. 30 (6): 549–554. doi:10.1038/nbt.2195. ISSN 1087-0156. 
  13. ^ "Executives". Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Visionary leader of China's genomics powerhouse steps down : Nature News & Comment". Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ Cyranoski, David (28 July 2015). "Exclusive: Genomics pioneer Jun Wang on his new AI venture". Nature. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Head of China's leading genome sequencing organization steps down, discusses what's next". Science | AAAS. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  17. ^ "Jun Wang". Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  18. ^ "Grants › Talent Prizes". Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  19. ^ "40 under 40". Elsevier. 2014. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  20. ^ "366 days: Nature's 10". Nature. 492 (7429): 335–343. 2012-12-20. doi:10.1038/492335a. 
  21. ^ "40 Under 40 2013". Fortune. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  22. ^ "Human Genome Association Chen Award Recipients". HUGO International. 2015. Retrieved 2016-12-20.  External link in |website= (help)