Prof Dr. Chonghua Ren | Regenerative Biology | Best Researcher Award

South China Normal University/Institute of Insect Science and Technology, China

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Chonghua Ren embarked on their academic journey with a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest A&F University in 2011. They furthered their education by pursuing a Ph.D., initially at Northwest A&F University from 2011 to 2014, followed by a stint at the University of California, Davis, from 2014 to 2016. Subsequently, they completed a post-doctoral fellowship at South China Normal University from 2017 to 2019.

Professional Endeavors

Ren's professional journey has been marked by progressive roles in academia and research. They began as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Insect Science and Technology, South China Normal University, from 2019 to 2020. They then served as a Professor from 2021 to 2024 and currently hold the position of Deputy Director at the same institute since 2024.

Contributions and Research Focus

Ren's research focuses on three main areas:

  1. Transcriptional Regulation of Insect Limb Regeneration: Ren investigates the mechanisms underlying insect limb regeneration, aiming to provide insights into vertebrate regenerative biology.
  2. Epigenetic Function in Insect Development and Limb Regeneration: Their research explores the role of epigenetics, including histone and DNA modifications, in tissue development and regeneration processes.
  3. Insect Gene Editing and Functional Studies: Ren is involved in establishing insect CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology to study the function of key genes in tissue development and regeneration.

Accolades and Recognition

Ren's contributions to the field of insect science have earned them recognition in various professional societies. They are a member of prestigious organizations such as the International Society for Regenerative Biology, Chinese Society for Cell Biology, The Entomological Society of China, and The Entomological Society of Guangdong Province.

Impact and Influence

Ren's research in transcriptional regulation, epigenetics, and gene editing in insects has significant implications for understanding fundamental biological processes and potential applications in regenerative medicine. By shedding light on the molecular mechanisms underlying limb regeneration in insects, their work may pave the way for advancements in vertebrate regenerative biology.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Ren's legacy lies in their groundbreaking research on insect limb regeneration and epigenetic regulation. Their work has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of tissue development and regeneration across species. As they continue to lead research initiatives and mentor future scientists, Ren's contributions are expected to have a lasting impact on the field of insect science and regenerative biology.


A total of 1020 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations        1020
  • h-index          16
  • i10-index       20

Notable Publications 

Insulin/IGF signaling and TORC1 promote vitellogenesis via inducing juvenile hormone biosynthesis in the American cockroach

S Zhu, F Liu, H Zeng, N Li, C Ren, Y Su, S Zhou, G Wang, SR Palli, ...

Strategies for the enrichment and selection of genetically modified cells

C Ren, K Xu, DJ Segal, Z Zhang
Trends in biotechnology

Alteration of insulin and nutrition signal gene expression or depletion of Met reduce both lifespan and reproduction in the German cockroach

N Li, M Zeng, H Xiao, S Lin, S Yang, H Huang, S Zhu, Z Zhao, C Ren, S Li
Journal of insect physiology

Convergent adaptation of ootheca formation as a reproductive strategy in Polyneoptera

E Du, S Wang, YX Luan, C Zhou, Z Li, N Li, S Zhou, T Zhang, W Ma, Y Cui, ...
Molecular Biology and Evolution

Gene editing as a promising approach for respiratory diseases

Y Bai, Y Liu, Z Su, Y Ma, C Ren, R Zhao, HL Ji
Journal of medical genetics

Physiological and molecular mechanisms of insect appendage regeneration

J Zhong, A Jing, S Zheng, S Li, X Zhang, C Ren
Cell Regeneration

Nutrition-and hormone-controlled developmental plasticity in Blattodea

F Liu, S Yu, N Chen, C Ren, S Li
Current Opinion in Insect Science,
Chonghua Ren | Regenerative Biology | Best Researcher Award

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