Prof. Weizhi Ji was the director of Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science in 1996-2005. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Institute of Primate Transnational Medicine, Kunming University of Science and Technology, and President of the Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research.
Prof. Ji has been engaged in primate reproductive biology research for several years and takes the lead in primate stem cell research in China. His lab reported the first gene-modified rhesus and cynomolgus monkeys via Cas9/RNA-mediated gene targeting. His lab has established human, monkey, rabbit and mouse embryonic stem cell lines and adult stem cell lines. Now his research focuses on generation of transgenic monkeys, stem cell self-renewal mechanisms and stem cell replacement therapy research, where he has published a lot of his findings in high level magazines, including "Cell", "Cell Stem Cells", "PNAS", "Biology of Reproduction", "Human Reproduction" and others.