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Professor WANG Peng

Professor WANG Peng

Assistant Professor , School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BSc (Yantai University); PhD (Sun Yat-Sen University)

  • 3917 3338
  • 2858 3477
  • KBSB 7N16

Teaching Areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biology
  • Biochemistry

Research Interests

  • Molecular regulation of photosynthesis and chloroplast biogenesis
  • Photosynthetic pigment metabolism
  • Plastid proteostasis
  • Plastid signaling
  • Adaption of plants to climate change

Current Research

  • Post-translational regulation of chlorophyll metabolism
  • Chaperone-mediated thermoprotection of plastid proteins
  • Regulation of plastid proteostasis in response to climate change
  • Biogenesis and maintenance of chlorophyll-binding proteins
  • Identification of auxiliary factors involved in plant response to temperature stress


  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
  • Excellent Graduate Student Scholarship, Sun Yat-sen University

Publications and News

  • Wang P., Ji S., and Grimm B. (2022). Post-translational metabolic checkpoints of plant tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany erac203.
  • Ji S., Siegel A., Shan S., Grimm B., and Wang P. (2021). Chloroplast SRP43 protects chlorophyll biosynthesis proteins against heat shock. Nature Plants 7: 1420-1432. Recommended in Faculty Opinions
  • Wang P. and Grimm B. (2021). Connecting chlorophyll metabolism and accumulation of the photosynthetic apparatus. Trends Plant Sci 26(5):484-495.
  • Wang P. and Grimm B. (2020). Expression and purification of Arabidopsis transmembrane protein BCM1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeBio-protocol 10(18): e3758.
  • Wang P., Richter A.S., Kleeberg R.W.J., Geimer S., and Grimm B. (2020). Post-translational coordination of chlorophyll biosynthesis and breakdown by BCMs maintains chlorophyll homeostasis during leaf development. Nat Commun 11:1254. 
  • Wang P., Liang F., Wittmann D., Siegel A., Shan S., and Grimm B. (2018). Chloroplast SRP43 acts as a chaperone for glutamyl-tRNA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 115(15):E3588-E3596.
  • Wittmann D, Kløve S, Wang P., Grimm B. (2018). Towards initial indications for a thiol-based redox control of Arabidopsis 5-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase. Antioxidants 7(11):E152.
  • Da Q., Wang P., Wang M., Sun T., Jin H., Wang J., Grimm B., and Wang H. (2017). Thioredoxin and NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase C regulation of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. Plant Physiol 175(2):652-666.
  • Daniel H., Rothbart M., Herbst J., Wang P., Müller J., Wittmann D., Gruhl K., and Grimm B. (2017). LIL3, a light-harvesting complex protein, link terpenoid and tetrapyrrole biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol 174(2):1037-1050.

Awards and honors

  • Travel Award, the XIX International Botanical Congress