Professor Yi RAO (饶毅

Rao Yi is a Chinese neurobiologist. A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, Rao held a Helen Hay Whitney fellowship at Harvard University and was on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis and Northwestern University before moving back to China to take up the deanship of Peking University's School of Life Sciences in 2007. He is currently the director the IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University. In 1997, Rao discovered that a single origin gave rise to two eyes in frog and chicken embryos. In 1999, he demonstrated that the secreted protein encoded by the Slit gene was a repellent guidance cue for axons. He has later found that Slit could repel migrating neurons, chemotactic leukocytes and brain tumor cells. Rao has uncovered major components in the signal transduction pathways for Slit and the axon attractant Netrin. Since 2007, Rao successfully established the tenure track system in the School of Life Sciences, with international peer reviews of academic merits as the important criteria for hiring, promotion and firing. In 2012, Rao and Yigong Shi established the Center for Life Sciences, with Rao serving as the director of Peking part and Shi as the director of the Tsinghua part. In 2013, Rao established the IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University and serves as its founding director. 饶毅教授是中国神经生物学家。他毕业于加州大学旧金山分校,在哈佛大学获得海伦海特惠特尼奖学金,并曾在圣路易斯和西北大学华盛顿大学任教,2007受聘出任北京大学讲席教授、生命科学学院院长。他目前担任北京大学理学部主任、生物学教授。 饶教授在1997年证明了脊椎动物的双眼来源于同一前体区域;1999年,发现神经纤维导向的排斥性导向分子Slit,并发现Slit可以作用于包括白细胞在内的多种细胞,解析了排斥性和吸引性导向蛋白发生作用的细胞内信号转导机理。 饶教授自2007年以来在生命科学学院成功建立了终身制管理系统,将国际同行对学术成就的评审作为招聘、晋升和解雇的重要标准。2012年,他与施一公教授成立了生命科学中心,两人分别担任北大、清华部门主任。2013年,饶教授在北京大学成立IDG麦戈文脑科学研究所并担任其创会理事。