Wen-Bin Yu, PhD 郁文彬

Professor of Biology

Center for Integrative Conservation
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
Phone: 86-13888744691
E-mail: wenbin.yu.botany@gmail.com


Research Interests

  1. Phylogeny and evolution of Orobanchaceae (including hemiparasitic Scrophulariaceae s.l., and non-parasitic Lindenbergia), with an emphasis on evolution of parasitism.
  2. Evolution of floral diversity and specification of Pedicularis (Orobachaceae) in the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains regions.
  3. Assessing genetic diversity of extremely endangered species, and its application in conservation biology.
  4. Applications of DNA barcoding approaches in species identification, discovery of new species, community phylogeny, and conservation.


  • 2011.06   Ph.D., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 2007.06   M.Sc., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 2004.06   B.Sc., Biology, School of Life Sciences and Food Engineering, Nanchang University
  • 2003.06   Minor in Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Nanchang University


Work Experience

    • 2021.01--now        Full Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS
    • 2015.09--2018.07  Visiting Researcher & Postdoctor, Pennsylvania State University
    • 2014.08--2020.12  Associate Professor, Director of Herbarium & Seed Bank, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS
    • 2013.01--2014.07  Assistant Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
    • 2012.12--2016.12  Visiting Researcher, Field Museum of Natural History
    • 2011.11--2012.12  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Field Museum of Natural History
    • 2011.07--2011.11  Assistant Researcher, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
    • 2007.07--2008.08   Research Assistant, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS


    • Yu W.-B.*, Tang G.-D., Zhang L., Corlett R.T. (2020) Decoding theevolution and transmissions of the novel pneumonia coronavirus(SARS-CoV-2/HCoV-19) using whole genomic data. Zoological Research. 41: 247-257.
    • Jin J.J.#, Yu W.-B.#,Yang J.-B., Song Y., dePamphilis C.W., Yi T.-S.*, Li D.-Z.* (2020)GetOrganelle: a fast and versatile toolkit for accurate de novo assembly oforganelle genomes. Genome Biology. 21: 241.
    • Song Y.#, Yu W.-B.#,Tan Y.#, Jin J., Wang B., Yang J.-B., Liu B., Corlett R.T. (2020)Plastid phylogenomics improve phylogenetic resolution in the Lauraceae. Journalof Systematics and Evolution.58: 42-49.
    • Tang, G.-D., Liu, J.-F., Wang,L., Zhu, C.-M. Zhu, Liu, L.-H., Randle, C. P.*, Yu W.-B.* (2019) Molecular and morphological analysessupport the transfer of Gleadoviakwangtungensis to Christisonia(Orobanchaceae). Systematic Botany.44: 74-82.
    • Yu W.-B.*, Wang H., Liu M.-L.,Grabovskaya-Borodina A. E., Li D.-Z. (2018) Phylogenetic approachesresolve taxonomical confusion in Pedicularis(Orobanchaceae): reinstatement of Pedicularisdelavayi and discovering a new species Pedicularismilliana. PLoS ONE. 13: e 0200372.
    • Yu W.-B., Randle, C.P., Lu L., Wang H.,Yang J.-B., dePamphilis C.W., Richard C.T., Li D.-Z. (2018) Thehemiparasitic plant Phtheirospermum(Orobanchacese) is polyphyletic and contains cryptic species in the HengduanMountains of southwest China. Frontiersin Plant Science. 9: 142.
    • Jiang N., Zhou Z., Yang J.-B.,Zhang S.-D., Guan K.-Y., Tan Y.-H., YuW.-B.* (2017) Phylogenetic reassessment of tribe Anemoneae(Ranunculaceae): non-monophyly of Anemone s.l. revealed by plastid datasets.PLoS ONE. 12: e0174792.
    • Song, Y.#, Yu W.-B.#, Tan Y.#, Liu B., Yao X., Jin J., Padmanaba M.,Yang J.-B., Corlett R.T. (2017) Evolutionary comparisons of thechloroplast genome in Lauraceae and insights into loss events in theMagnoliids. Genome Biology andEvolution. 9: 2354-2364. (#,Equal Contribution for Authors)
    • Yu W.-B., Wang, H, Ree, R.H., Mill R.R., YangJ.-B., Liu M.-L., Li D.-Z. (2015) Towards acomprehensive phylogeny of the large temperate genus Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae), with an emphasis on species from theHimalaya-Hengduan Mountains. BMC Plant Biology. 15: 176.
    • Yu W.-B., Li, D.-Z. (2014) Valid publication of the name Sarcococcalongipetiolata (Buxaceae), third time lucky. Taxon. 63:172-176.
    • Yu W.-B., Kuss P., Wang H., Ree R.H., Li D.-Z. (2014) Lectotypification of Linnaean names in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Taxon.63: 172-176.