Caixia Gao

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Sessions by Adrienne H.K. Roeder

[Day 1]
12.00 am - 01.00 pm
Theme: 5 Universal Principles of Company Growth
[Day 2]
01.00 am - 02.00 pm
Theme: 7 Key Business Owner Functions
[Day 3]
01.00 am - 02.00 pm
Theme: Our Best Mistakes in Business


Professor Caixia Gao is an international leader in the development and application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to the modification of crop plants with an aim to improve food security and increase productivity. Whilst current approaches to the challenge of improving agricultural productivity and global food production rely on traditional plant breeding techniques and transgenic genetic modification (GM), which lack are techniques that can lack precision and require substantial time to develop new crop varieties, her work on plant genome engineering using sequence-specific nucleases (SSNs) overcomes these limitations, creating plants with novel traits through the targeted modification of plant genomes. Her research area mainly deals with developing a highly efficient and robust TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9 platform in plant cells to enable targeted genome editing modifying plants traits for high-quality, disease resistance and stress tolerance in crop species. She is currently the director of the Center for Genome Editing, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Many of her publications have appeared in Nature Plants and Nature Biotechnology, with 3000 plus citations during 2019 and 2020. There is no doubt that her work will influence government, regulatory bodies and public opinion in this area of improving agricultural quality and productivity. Recognition of her work is evident in awards which include being one of the ‘Ten Science Stars of China” awarded by Nature in 2016 and The National Innovation Award, in China in 2017.