Jian You Wang

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

Jian You joined KAUST in 2017 from Taiwan to pursue a Ph.D. focused on analytical biochemistry and transcriptomics approaches to studying plant metabolism under the supervision of Salim Al-Babili. 

Selected Publications

  • Jian You Wang†, Imran Haider†, Muhammad Jamil†, Valentina Fiorilli†, and Yoshimoto Saito† et al. The apocarotenoid metabolite zaxinone regulates growth and strigolactone biosynthesis in rice. (2019) Nature Communications, 10, 810 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-08461-1 † These authors contributed equally.
  • Valentina Fiorilli†, Jian You Wang†, Paola Bonfante, Luisa Lanfranco and Salim Al-Babili. Apocarotenoids: old and new mediators of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. (2019) Frontier in Plant Science, 10:1186 DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01186 † These authors contributed equally 


  • 2017-Current: Ph.D. student, Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015 M.Sc., Pharmacy, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2013 B.Sc., Pharmacy, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, 

Professional Profile

  • 2013-2015: Teaching Assistant of Pharmaceutics Laboratory, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2014 Jul.-Sep.: Summer Intern, Department of Medical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, USA
  • 2012 Jul.: Participant, International Summer Program of Drug discovery and Drug Delivery System, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA 


  • Outstanding Poster Award, 17th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG), Taipei, Taiwan,2019
  • First Placed Winner, KAUST SABB STEAM Innovation Challenge, Saudi Arabia, 2017
  • Grants for Attending International Symposiums, Ministry of Science And Technology, Taiwan, 2014
  • Overseas Exchange Program Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2014
  • Academic Achievements Award Second Place, Alumni Foundation of China Medical University , Taichung, Taiwan, 2013
  • Academic Achievements Award, Taiwan Pharmacist Association, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013
  • Overseas Exchange Program Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2012
  • Academic Achievements Award, Astellas Foundation for Medical Research and Development Foundation, Taiwan, 2012
  • Taichung City Model Student Award , Taichung Municipal Government, Taichung, Taiwan, 2012 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Salim Al-Babili's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Zaxionone Strigolactones Metabolomics Analytical chemistry