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The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China
Eco-genomics and Adaptation Group      
Dr. Le Kang is Distinguished Professor of the Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and expert in entomology and ecological genomics. Dr. Kang integrates multiple approaches from molecular biology, physiology to behavior analysis to resolve the ecological questions in insect adaptation to environmental variation and stress. His highlights of research accomplishments include clarification of molecular regulatory mechanisms of locust phase changes, tritrophic interactions, and cold tolerance of insects. He has authored about 160 international journal’s papers with 2800 citations and contributed to 10 book chapters. His papers were published in Science, PNAS, Nature Communications, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, Genome Biology, Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Global Change Biology and so on. He has also been invited to write review articles for Annual Review of Entomology and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

Dr. Kang’s research achievements in eco-genomics, tritrophic interactions, and cold tolerance have been recognized by international entomological societies. In 2008 he was elected as a council member of International Congress of Entomology, and in 2009 he was honored with an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Science by the University of Nebraska. He was elected as member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011 and member of the Developing World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2012. He also received several important awards including the International Distinguished Scientist Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the prestigious Life Science & Biotechnology Prize from Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hongkong) in 2011. He was elected as a fellow of ESA and won Tan’s Achievement Award of Life Sciences in 2015.

As a leading scientist, Dr. Kang is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Insect Science, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Protein & Cell and Zoological Research, and editorial board member of Journal of Insect Physiology, Current Opinion in Insect Science, and Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution and so on. He serves as a reviewer for more than 50 international journals. Now he is Chairman of Entomological Society of China. Dr. Kang has mentored more than 50 graduate students and 10 postdoctoral researchers, most of whom now are established independent researchers, mostly working on insect ecology and molecular biology.

Research Interests:
1. Eco-genomics: Discover the mechanisms of insect adaptation to environmental factors using genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic approaches.
2. Phenotypic plasticity: Study the polyphenism, ecological immunity, reproductive biology, ageing, and behavioral plasticity in response to population density and environmental changes in order to develop model systems related to human disease and health.
3. Neuroscience and behavior: Elucidate the neural and behavioral mechanisms in response to pheromones and inform-chemicals from intraspecific or inter-specific individuals, even in tri-trophic level system.

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Selected Publications:
  1. Hou L., Yang P.C., Jiang F., Liu Q.  Wang X.H., Kang L. 2017. The neuropeptide F/nitric oxide pathway is essential for shaping locomotor plasticity underlying locust phase transition. eLife, DOI:10.7554/eLife.22526
  2. Chen B., Zhang B., Xu L.L., Li Q., Jiang F., Yang P.C., Xu Y.N., Kang L., 2017. Transposable Element-Mediated Balancing Selection at Hsp90 Underlies Embryo Developmental Variation. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi:10.1093/molbev/msx062
  3. Jiang F. , Liu Q. , Wang Y.L., Zhang J., Wang H.M., Song T.Q., Yang M.L.,  Wang X.H., Kang L. 2017. Comparative genomic analysis of SET-domain family reveals the origin, expansion, and putative function of the arthropod-specific SmydA genes as histone modifiers in insects. GigaScience, DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/gix031 
  4. He, J. , Chen, Q.Q. , Wei, Y.Y. , Jiang, F., Yang, M.L., Hao, S.G., Guo, X.J., Chen, D.F., Kang, L. 2016.MicroRNA-276 promotes egg hat ching synchrony by upregulating brm in locusts. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 113:584-589.
  5. Yang M.L. , Wang Y.L. , Jiang F., Song T.Q., Wang H.M., Liu Q, Zhang J., Zhang J.Z.., Kang L., 2016. miR-71 and miR-263 Jointly Regulate Target Genes Chitin synthase and Chitinase to Control Locust Molting.  PLoS Genetics  12:e1006257.
  6. Wang,X.H., Kang,L. 2014.Molecular mechanisms of phase change in locusts. Annual Review of Entomology, 59:225-43.
  7. Wang, X.H. , Fang, X.D. , Yang, P.C. , Jiang, X.T. , Jiang, F. , Zhao, D.J., Li B., Cui, F., Wei, J.N., Ma, C., Wang, Y.D., He, J., Luo Y., Wang, Z.F., Guo, X.J., Guo W., Wang X., Zhang Y., Yang M.L., Hao S.G., Chen B., Ma Z.Y., Yu D., Xiong Z., Zhu Y., Fan D., Han L., Wang B., Chen Y., Wang J., Yang L., Zhao W., Feng Y., Chen G., Lian J., Li Q., Huang Z., Yao X., Lv N., Zhang G., Li Y., Wang J., Wang, J., Zhu B. Kang, L., 2014. Locust genome sequence provides insight into swarm formation and long-distance flight. Nature Communications, 10.1038/ncomms3957.
  8. Yang, M.L., Wei, Y.Y., Jiang, F., Wang, Y.L., Guo, X.J., He, J., Kang, L. 2014. MicroRNA-133 Inhibits Behavioral Aggregation by Controlling Dopamine Synthesis in Locusts. PLoS Genetics,10(2): e1004206. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004206  
  9. Wang, Y.D., Yang, P.C., Cui, F., Kang, L. 2013. Altered Immunity in Crowded Locust Reduced Fungal (Metarhizium anisopliae) Pathogenesis. PLoS Pathogens, DOI:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003102.
  10. Wei, J.N, Yang, L.H, Ren, Q, Li, CY, Ge, F., Kang, L.2013. Antagonism between plant odors and trichomes affects tritrophic interactions. Plant Cell & Environment, 36, 315-327.
  11. Cease, AJ, Elser, JJ, Ford, CF, Hao, S., Kang, L, Harrison*, JF. 2012. Heavy livestock grazing promotes locust outbreaks by lowering plant nitrogen content. Science, 335, 467-469.
  12. Wu, R., Wu, Z.M., Wang, X.H., Yang, P.C., Yu, D., Zhao, C.X., Xu, G.W., and Kang, L. 2012. Metabolomic analysis reveals that carnitines are key regulatory metabolites in phase transition of the locusts. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), 109, 3259-3263.
  13. Ma, ZY, Guo, XJ, Guo, W, Wang, XH, Kang, L. 2011. Modulation of behavioral phase changes of the migratory locust by the catecholamine metabolic pathway. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), 108: 3882-3887.
  14. Guo, W, Wang, XH, Ma, Z.Y., Xue, L., Han, J.Y., Yu, D., and Kang, L. 2011. CSP and takeout genes modulate the switch between attraction and repulsion during behavioral phase change in the migratory locust. PLoS Genetics, 7(2): e1001291, 1-13.
  15. Wei, J.N., Wang, L.Z., Zhao, J.H., Li, C.Y., Ge, F. and Kang, L., 2011. Ecological trade-offs between jasmonic acid-dependent direct and indirect plant defences in tritrophic interactions. New phytologist, 189: 557–567.
  16. Zhang, Y., Wang, X.H., and Kang, L., 2011. A k-mer scheme to predict piRNAs and characterize locust piRNAs. Bioinformatics, 27(6)771–776.  
  17. Kang, L., Chen, B., Wei, J.N. and Liu, T.X., 2009. Roles of Thermal Adaptation and Chemical Ecology in Liriomyza Distribution and Control. Annual Review of Entomology, 54:127-145.
  18. Wei, Y.Y., Chen, S., Yang P.C., Kang, L., 2009. Characterization and transcriptomes of small RNAs in two phases of locust. Genome Biology, 10:R6l (doi:10.1186/gb-2009-10-1-r6).
  19. Kang, L., Han, X.G., Zhang, Z.B. and Sun, O. J., 2007, Grassland ecosystems in China: Review of current knowledge and research advancement. Philos. Trans. Roy. Soc., 362:997-1008.  
  20. Kang, L., Chen, X.Y., Zhou, Y., Zheng, W., Li R.Q., Wang, J. and Yu, J. 2004. The analysis of large-scale gene expression correlated to the phase changes of the migratory locust.Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 101: 17611-17615.

Research articles in peer-review journals (since 2000)