Established in 2005, National Center of Plant Gene Research (NCPGR) is a noncommercial research organization whose primary research directions are structural, functional and comparative analysis of genomes and gene products from a wide variety of plants including rice, cotton, rapeseed and potato.
The Center is under the direction of Dr. Qifa Zhang who is plant geneticist and molecular biologist. He is currently working as professor in Huazhong Agricultural University, Dean of the College of Life Science and Technology, and Director of the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999 and to the Third World Academy of Sciences in 2000.
NCPGR's 7,000 square meters building is located in Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, Hubei province. Its neighbors include the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Huazhong Normal University, and other research institutes and biotechnology companies located within East-lake’s High-tech Developing City in Wuhan.