Le Kang (China), born in 1959, is a Professor of Entomology and Ecology at Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and courtesy professor of the University of Nebraska. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School and Institute of Zoology in 1990. Now he serves as Director Institute of Zoology and President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
He is Chairman of Scientific Committee of State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, and Dean of College of Life Sciences, University of CAS. He is elected as President of the Entomological Society of China since 2012. He was Director-General of the Bureau of Life Science and Biotechnology, CAS, from 1999 to 2008. He has been conducting studies focused on ecological genomics and adaptation in insects, especially in locust, grasshoppers and leafminers.
He has published more than 100 research papers on international peer-review journals, including Science, PNAS, PLoS Genetics, Genome Biology, Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Annual Review of Entomology, and so on. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Insect Science, editorial board member of the Journal of Insect Physiology, and Council Member of the International Congress of Entomology.
He was conferred an Honorary Doctor Degree of Sciences by the University of Nebraska in 2009. As a leading scientist, he was elected to be a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011 and TWAS’s fellow in 2012. He won the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2012.