Jianhua ZHANG, Prof

1986 …2022

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Chinese Name

張建華

Biography

Professor Zhang Jianhua is currently the Associate Vice-President (Global Research Collaboration) and Chair Professor in Plant Biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. He served as Dean of Science at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017-2020 and Director of State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012-2017.

An internationally renowned scholar and an expert in the areas of plant stress physiology and water-saving cultivation of field crops, Professor Zhang was selected by prestigious scientific journal Nature as one of the “Five crop researchers who could change the world” in December 2008 for his research focusing primarily on water-saving irrigation in China.

Professor Zhang’s achievements have been widely recognized through several awards including the State Natural Science Award and the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award from the State Council of China. He has published extensively with citations over 23,000 times and h-index at 87. Currently he serves as Associate Editor and Monitoring Editor for a number of top plant science and agriculture journals such as Journal of Experimental Botany and Plant Physiology.


Professor Zhang obtained his BSc from Jiangsu Agricultural College in China and his PhD from Lancaster University in the UK. He was also awarded with Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by Lancaster University in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Plant physiology and molecular biology under environmental stresses
  • Crop production under water-limited condition

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Jiangsu Agricultural College, China

Lancaster University

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