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Academic report: The genetic mechanism underlying human origin and evolution

Academic report: The genetic mechanism underlying human origin and evolution

Speaker: Bing Su, Professor 

Host: Prof. Guang Yang

Time: 9:00 am, Dec. 18th, 2019

Place: Seminar Hall, College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Normal University


Prof. Bing Su, professor of Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, invited by Prof. Guang Yang, presented a scientific seminar entitled “The genetic mechanism of human origin and evolution” at College of Life Sciences on Dec. 18th, 2019. 

Prof. Bing Su was the winner of national fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. He has been engaged in the genetic mechanisms of primate brain evolution and genetics of modern human origin, migration, and adaptive evolution, published more than 140 SCI papers in major international professional journals.

In the report, Prof. Bing Su revealed a human-specific sequence changes of a key brain development gene (Primary microcephaly 1, MCPH1) could result in detectable molecular and cognitive changes resembling human neoteny using transgenic monkey model. In addition, he also showed that the a specific gene mutation will be responsible for convergent skin lightening in East Asian, and the mutation and regulation of some key genes play an important role in the hypoxic tolerance in Tibetan. Prof. Bing Su presented a great speech, and answered many questions raised by everyone, which will be of great help to the future scientific research of teachers and students present.

After the report, the teacher and students had an in-depth communication with professor Bing Su on the issues they were interested in. Finally, the report was ended in warm applause from teachers and students.