Professor Wang Hui

CEH Research Fellow

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building
Benson Lane
Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
T: +44 (0)1491 838800
E-mail: Professor Wang Hui

Research interests

January 2002 onwards: Principal Scientific Officer (Band 4, via open competition) and research project leader, CEH

  • Plant virology
  • Pathogen population dynamics
  • Ig binding proteins as candidates of human medicine

September 1999 - December 2001: Senior Scientific Officer (Band 5, by merit promotion from Band 6) CEH at Oxford.

  • Molecular biodiversity of ixodid ticks

April 1995-September 1999: Postdoctoral Higher Scientific Officer (Band 6), NERC/Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology (IVEM), Oxford

  • Biodiversity at the parasite-host interface: functional role of immunoglobulin binding proteins
  • Structural and functional studies of prion proteins
  • Cell-based assays for NS3 protease of Hepatitis C Virus

September, 1990-March, 1991: Research Assistant, Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

  • Construction and rRegeneration of genetically modified crops


  • October, 1991-March, 1995: DPhil, St Cross College / Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. Thesis: 'Immunoglobulin Binding Proteins in Ticks'.
  • September 1987-June, 1990: MSc, College of Biological Sciences, Beijing Agricultural University, People's Republic of China. Thesis: 'Studies on Flowering Hormone-Zearalenone and Receptors'.
  • September 1983-July 1987: B.Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Beijing Agricultural University, People's Republic of China.

Patents and support for research

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Honours, memberships, peer-reviews

  • Honorary Professor, 2009-2011, State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, 2009-2012, Nankai University, Tianjing, China
  • Examiner for PhD. thesis, Gareth W. Bruce, 2009, Suppression of the hypersensitive response by geminiviral proteins and effects of most factors on viral DNA replication. Warwick HRI, University of Warwick
  • Joint supervisor of PhD student (Hongmei Sun), Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • The Open Plant Science Journal (editorial board member, 2008-)
  • Association of Applied Biologist (member, 2004-)
  • Common Room, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (member, 1996-)
  • Reviewer for BBRC (UK) grants (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Reviewer for Chinese Academy of Science grants for the SARS virus (2003)
  • Reviewer for Genomics, Comp Biochem Physiol, Febs Lett, Clin Microb and Infection, J Plant Physiol, J Microb Meth, Open Plant Sci J, etc.


Recent Publications

See also the NERC Open Research Archive.

Peer Reviewed Publications (*corresponding author)

Chao Li, Hui Wang*, Lin Zhou, Yongjun Zhang, Fuping Song, Jie Zhang* (2009). Quantitative measurement of pH influence on SalR regulated gene expression in Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1. Journal of Microbiological Methods 79: 8-12.

Thien Ho, Rachel L. Rusholme Pilcher, Mary-Lou Edwards, Ian Cooper, Tamas Dalmay, and Hui Wang* (2008). Evidence for GC preference by monocot Dicer-like proteins. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 368: 433-437.

D.W. Pallett, J.I. Cooper, H. Wang, J. Reeves, Z. Luo, R. Machado, C. Obermeier, J.A. Walsh and M.J. Kearsey (2008). Variation in the pathogenicity of two Turnip Mosaic Virus isolates in wild UK Brassica rapa provenances. Plant Pathology 57: 401-407.

Thien X. Ho, Rachel Rusholme, Tamas Dalmay, and Hui Wang* (2008). Cloning of short interfering RNA from virus-infected plants. Plant Virology Protocols II. (ed. G. Foster et al.), Methods in Molecular BiologyTM 451: 229-242. The Humana Press Inc.

Thien Ho, Hui Wang*, Denise Pallett and Tamas Dalmay (2007). Evidence for targeting common siRNA hotspots and GC preference by plant Dicer-like proteins. FEBS Letter 581: 3269-3274.

Thien Ho, Denise Pallett, Rachel Rusholme, Tamas Dalmay, Hui Wang* (2006). A simplified method for cloning of short interfering RNA from Brassica juncea infected with Turnip mosaic potyvirus and Turnip crinkle carmovirus. Journal of Virological Methods 136:217-223.

Wei E. Huang, Linfeng Huang, Gail M. Preston, Martin Naylor, John P. Carr, Yanhong Li, Andrew C. Singer, Andrew S. Whiteley and Hui Wang* (2006). Quantitative in situ assay of salicylic acid in tobacco leaves using a genetically modified biosensor strain of Acinetobacter sp. ADP1. The Plant Journal 46: 1073-1083.

H. Wang*, L.F. Huang, and I.J. Cooper (2006). Analyses on mutation patterns, detection of population bottlenecks, and suggestion of deleterious-compensatory evolution among the Potyvirus. Archives of Virology 151: 1625-1633.

D.W. Pallett, L. Huang, J.I. Cooper and H. Wang (2006). Within-population variation in hybridisation and transgene transfer between wild Brassica rapa and Brassica napus in the UK. Annals of Applied Biology 148: 147-155.

H. Zhou,  H. Wang*,  LF. Huang, M. Naylor, and P. Clifford (2005). Heterogeneity in codon usages of Sobemovirus genes. Archives of Virology 150:1591-1605.

Huang, L.F., Naylor, M., Pallett, D.W., Reeves, J., Cooper, J.I., and Wang, H.* (2005). The complete genome sequence, organization and affinities of carrot red leaf virus. Archives of Virology 150: 1845-1855.

M. Naylor, J. Reeves, J.I. Cooper, M-L Edwards, and H. Wang (2005). Construction and properties of a gene-silencing vector based on Poplar mosaic virus (genus Carlavirus). Journal of Virological Methods 124: 27-36.

Wei E. Huang, Hui Wang, Hongjun Zheng, Linfeng Huang, Andrew C. Singer, Ian Thompson and Andrew S. Whiteley (2005). Chromosomally located gene fusions constructed in Acinetobacter sp. ADP1 for the environmental detection of salicylate. Environmental Microbiology 7: 1339-1348.

For a list of publications dated 2004 and earlier, please click here.

Supporting staff, students and academic visitors (for more than three months): Denise Pallett (2002- ); Martin Naylor (2002- 2007); Ian Cooper (2002- ); Thien Ho (2004- 2009); Delia McCall (2002- 2007); Jonathan Reeves (2002-2008); May-lou Edwards (2002-2005); Hong Zhou (2004); Shan Gao (2001-2002); Yi He (2006-2007); Zhigang Li (2007-2008); Jun He (2007-2008); Hongmei Sun (2004-2005); Yanhong Li (2004-2005); Linfeng Huang (2004-2005); Hongjun Zheng (2003-2004, 2008-2009); Guangyuan Liu (2002-2003); Xueqing Han (2003-2004); Zhuang Xing (2002-2003); Weiwei Cui (1999-2000).