Hong Ling (geneticist)

Hong Ling (Chinese: 红凌, 27 November 1966 – 7 February 2020) was a Chinese geneticist, professor and doctoral advisor at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.[2]

Hong Ling
Born(1966-11-27)November 27, 1966
Wuhan, Hubei, China
DiedFebruary 7, 2020(2020-02-07) (aged 53)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Alma materWuhan University
University of Arizona
Scientific career
Fieldsgenetics, rare diseases[1]
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese


Hong was educated at Wuhan University, majoring in biology, where he graduated in July 1987 and obtained a bachelor's degree. In December 1994, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a doctor's degree in biochemistry. After graduation, he started his career as a biochemist at Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) of University of California, Berkeley.[2] Since March 2007, he served as professor of molecular biology at the School of Life Science and Technology of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was studying major and rare human diseases using both human subjects and model organisms such as Drosophila and mouse.[2]


During the COVID-19 pandemic in China, Hong got infected with the coronavirus. On 7 February 2020, he died from the infection at Wuhan Union Hospital.[3][1][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Coronavirus: China to stagger back to work as deaths surpass Sars". The Straits Times. 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "红凌教授讣告". life.hust.edu.cn (in Chinese). 8 February 2020.
  3. ^ "华科教授红凌因新冠肺炎逝世 同事:他4天前才发病" (in Chinese). The Beijing News. 8 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Wuhan professors succumb to virus". China Daily. 20 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Tribute to Chinese Medical Staff Who Died Fighting New Coronavirus". Yicai Global. 17 February 2020.