Professor Wu Yundong is currently the Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School and the Chair Professor of College of Chemistry at Peking University.
Professor Wu is a leading expert in computational organic chemistry originally based in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (“HKUST”). He received his BS in Chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1982, and his PhD in Theoretical Organic Chemistry in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh, US. He then continued his research at UCLA and the University of Erlangen, Germany, before joining HKUST in 1992.
Professor Wu’s research interest focuses mainly on the reaction mechanism and stereochemistry, development of accurate protein force fields for protein simulations and drug design based on protein-protein interactions. His work has made significant contributions to the understanding of organic reaction catalysis, catalyst design, and drug design. Professor Wu has received numerous awards. He received National Science Awards of China in 1999 and 2013, respectively, a Croucher Award in 2000, and a Thomson-Reuters Research Fronts Award in 2008. He received 2014 Fukui Medal of APATCC, the 2015 Physical Organic Chemistry Achievement Award of Chinese Chemical Society, and the 2016 Humboldt Research Award of Humboldt Foundation. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Science in 2005.