Feng-Yan Bai, PhD, Professor,

State Key Laboratory of Mycology

Institue of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Telephone: +86 10 6480 7406 
Address: No.1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 
Postcode: 100101

Research Areas

Biodiversity, Systematics, Molecular Phylogeny and Evolutionary Biology of Yeasts and Fermentation Microbiomes.


1992-1996, Ph.D. in Microbiology, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
1984-1987, M.Sc. in Microbiology, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
1980-1984, B.Sc. in Biology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong


Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
2000-present   Professor, Systematics, Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Yeasts
1996-1999       Associate Professor, Systematics of Yeasts
1990-1995       Research Associate, Taxonomy of Yeasts

CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2013-2018       Research Fellows, Systematics and Molecular Phylogeny of Yeasts

Medical Mycology Research Center, Chiba University, Japan
2008.12-2009.03   Guest Professor, MLST analysis of Candida albicans

National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, Japan
2002.01-2002.10   JSPS Fellow, Ecology and Taxonomy of Yeasts Associated with Silages

Japan Collection of Microorganisms, RIKEN, Japan
1999.04-1999.10   Researcher, Molecular Phylogeny of Yeasts
1997.02-1997.08   Researcher, Molecular Phylogeny of Yeasts

Professional Activities

Secretary/Treasurer, the Mycology and Eukaryote Microbiology Division, International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS)

Commissioner, the International Commission on Yeasts (ICY)

Member, the Committee on Yeast Systematics and Nomenclature

Member, the International Committee on Food Mycology

Secretary General, the Mycological Society of China

Vice Director, the State Key Laboratory of Mycology, IMCAS, China

Vice Editor-in-Chief, Mycosystema

Editor, Mycoscience

Section Editor, Yeast

Editorial Board Member, Acta Microbiologica Sinica, Bulletin of Biology, Chinese Journal of Microbiology and Immunology, Journal of Fungal Research, and Mycology.

Honors & Distinctions

​Special Allowances from the State Council of China (2016)

National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2008)

Hundred-Talents Program, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009)

Recent Publications

  1. Song L, Shi JY, Duan SF, Han DY, Li K, Zhang RP, He PY, Han PJ, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2021. Improved redox homeostasis owing to the up-regulation of one-carbon metabolism and related pathways is crucial for yeast heterosis at high temperature. Genome Research 31:622–634.

  2. Han DY, Han PJ, Rumbold K, Koricha AD, Duan SF, Song L, Shi JY, Li K, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2021. Adaptive gene content and allele distribution variations in the wild and domesticated populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:631250.

  3. Li AH, Yuan FX, Groenewald M, Bensch K, Yurkov AM, Li K, Han PJ, Guo LD, Aime MC, Sampaio JP, Jindamorakot S, Turchetti B, Inacio J, Fungsin B, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2020. Diversity and phylogeny of basidiomycetous yeasts from plant leaves and soil: Proposal of two new orders, three new families, eight new genera and one hundred and seven new species. Studies in Mycology 96:17-140.

  4. Koricha AD, Han DY, Bacha K, Bai FY. 2020. Diversity and distribution of yeasts in indigenous fermented foods and beverages of Ethiopia. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 100: 3630–3638. 

  5. Koricha AD, Han DY, Bacha K, Bai FY. 2019. Occurrence and molecular identification of wild yeasts from Jimma Zone, South West Ethiopia. Microorganisms 7: 633.
  6. Duan SF, Shi JY, Yin Q, Zhang RP, Han PJ, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2019. Reverse evolution of a classic gene network in yeast offers a competitive advantage. Current Biology 29, 1126–1136.
  7. Duan SF, Han PJ, Wang QM, Liu WQ, Shi JY, Li K, Zhang XL, Bai FY. 2018. The origin and adaptive evolution of domesticated populations of yeast from Far East Asia. Nature Communications 9:2690.
  8. Tian X, He GJ, Hu P, Chen L, Tao C, Cui YL, Shen L, Ke W, Xu H, Zhao Y, Xu Q, Bai FY, Wu B, Yang E, Lin X, Wang L. 2018. Cryptococcus neoformans sexual reproduction is controlled by a quorum sensing peptide. Nature Microbiology 3: 698–707.
  9. Liu XZ, Groenewald M, Boekhout T, Bai FY. Kondoa gutianensis f.a. sp. nov., a novel ballistoconidium-forming yeast species isolated from plant leaves. 2018. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 111:155-160.
  10. Liu XZ, Groenewald M, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2017. Heitmania gen. nov., a new yeast genus in Microbotryomycetes, and description of three novel species: Heitmania litseae sp. nov., Heitmania castanopsis sp. nov. and Heitmania elacocarpi sp. nov. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 67: 4534-4540.
  11. Yang JG*, Dou X, Han PJ, Bai FY, … Ma YY. 2017. Microbial Diversity in Daqu During Production of Luzhou-Flavored Liquor. Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists 75(2):136-144
  12. Yang X, Teng K, Zhang J, Wang F, Zhang T, Ai G, Han P, Bai F, Zhong J. 2017. Transcriptome responses of Lactobacillus acetotolerans F28 to a short and long term ethanol stress. Sci Rep 7(1):2650.
  13. Peris D, Moriarty RV, Alexander WG …, Bai FY, … Hittinger CT. 2017. Hybridization and adaptive evolution of diverse Saccharomyces species for cellulosic biofuel production. Biotechnol Biofuels 10:78.
  14. Alimadadi N, Soudi MR, Wang SA, Wang QM, Talebpour Z, Bai FY. 2016. Starmerella orientalis f.a., sp. nov., an ascomycetous yeast species isolated from flowers. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 66(3):1476-1481.
  15. Wu ZW, Wang QM, Liu XZ, Bai FY. 2016. Intragenomic polymorphism and intergenomic recombination in the ribosomal RNA genes of strains belonging to a yeast species Pichia membranifaciens. Mycology 7: 102–111.
  16. Benito Á, Jeffares D, Palomero F, Calderón F, Bai FY, Bähler J, Benito S. 2016. Selected Schizosaccharomyces pombe Strains Have Characteristics That Are Beneficial for Winemaking. PLoS One. 11(3):e0151102.
  17. Hittinger CT, Rokas A, Bai FY, Boekhout T, Gonçalves P, Jeffries TW, Kominek J, Lachance MA, Libkind D, Rosa CA, Sampaio JP, Kurtzman CP. 2015. Genomics and the making of yeast biodiversity. Curr Opin Genet Dev 35:100-109.
  18. Liu XZ, Wang QM, Theelen B, Groenewald M, Bai FY, Boekhout T. 2015. Phylogeny of tremellomycetous yeasts and related dimorphic and filamentous basidiomycetes reconstructed from multiple gene sequence analyses. Stud Mycol 81: 1–26.
  19. Wang QM, Groenewald M, Takashima M, Theelen B, Han PJ, Liu XZ, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2015.  Phylogeny of yeasts and related filamentous fungi within Pucciniomycotina determined from multigene sequence analyses. Stud Mycol 81: 27–53.
  20. Wang QM, Begerow D, Groenewald M, Liu XZ, Theelen B, Bai FY, Boekhout T. 2015.  Multigene phylogeny and taxonomic revision of yeasts and related fungi in the Ustilaginomycotina. Stud Mycol 81: 55–83.
  21. Liu XZ, Wang QM, Göker M, Groenewald M, Kachalkin AV, Lumbsch HT, Millanes AM, Wedin M, Yurkov AM, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2015. Towards an integrated phylogenetic classification of the Tremellomycetes. Stud Mycol 81: 85–147.
  22. Wang QM, Yurkov AM, Göker M, Lumbsch HT, Leavitt SD, Groenewald M, Theelen B, Liu XZ, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2015. Phylogenetic classification of yeasts and related filamentous fungi within Pucciniomycotina. Stud Mycol 81: 149–189.
  23. Bai FY. 2014. Association of genotypes with infection types and antifungal susceptibilities in Candida albicans as revealed by recent molecular typing strategies. Mycology 5: 1–9.
  24. Bing J, Han PJ, Liu WQ, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2014. Evidence for a Far East Asian origin of lager beer yeast. Curr Biol 24: R380-R381.
  25. Wang QM, Theelen B, Groenewald M, Bai FY, Boekhout T. 2014. Moniliellomycetes and Malasseziomycetes, two new classes in Ustilaginomycotina. Persoonia 33: 41–47.
  26. Xie J, Tao L, Nobile CJ, Tong Y, Guan G, Sun Y, Cao C, Hernday AD, Johnson AD, Zhang L, Bai FY, Huang G. 2013. White-opaque switching in natural MTLa/α isolates of Candida albicans: evolutionary implications for roles in host adaptation, pathogenesis, and sex.  PLoS Biol 11:e1001525.
  27. Wang QM, Liu WQ, Liti G, Wang SA, Bai FY. 2012. Surprisingly diverged populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in natural environments remote from human activity. Mol Ecol 21: 5404-5417.
  28. Ge SH, Xie J, Xu J, Li J, Li DM, Zong LL, Zheng YC, Bai FY. 2012. Prevalence of specific and phylogenetically closely related genotypes in the population of Candida albicans associated with genital candidiasis in China. Fungal Genet Biol 49: 86–93.
  29. Xie J, Du H, Guan G, Tong Y, Kourkoumpetis TK, Zhang L, Bai FY, Huang G. 2012.  N-acetylglucosamine induces white-to-opaque switching and mating in Candida tropicalis, providing new insights into adaptation and fungal sexual evolution. Eukaryotic Cell 11: 773–782.
  30. Guo XY, Zhu H, Bai FY. 2012. Candida cellulosicola sp. nov., a xylose-utilizing anamorphic yeast from rotten wood. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 62: 242-245.
  31. Liu XZ, Wang QM, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2012. Derxomyces amylogenes sp. nov., Derxomyces bambusicola sp. nov. and Derxomyces corylopsis sp. nov., three ballistoconidium-forming yeast species isolated from subtropical plant leaves. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 62: 996–1001.
  32. Wang QM, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2012. Bensingtonia rectispora sp. nov. and Bensingtonia bomiensis sp. nov., novel ballistoconidium-forming yeast species from plant leaves collected in Tibet. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 62: 2039–2044. 
  33. Wang QM, Bai FY, Fungsin B, Boekhout T, Nakase T. 2011. Proposal of Mingxiaea gen. nov. for the anamorphic basidiomycetous yeast species in the Bulleribasidium clade (Tremellales) based on molecular phylogenetic analysis, with six new combinations and four novel species. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 61: 210-219. 
  34. Wang QM, Boekhout T, Bai FY. 2011. Cryptococcus foliiocola sp. nov. and Cryptococcus taibaiensis sp. nov., novel basidiomycetous yeast species from plant leaves. J Gen Appl Microbiol 57: 285-291. 
  35. Wang SA, Bai FY. 2010. Lindnera wuzhiensis sp. nov., a novel ascomycetous yeast species.  J Gen Appl Microbiol 56: 409‒412. 
  36. Chen R, Wei SC, Jiang YM, Wang QM, Bai FY. 2010. Kazachstania taianensis sp. nov., a novel ascomycetous yeast species from orchard soil. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 60:1473–1476. 
  37. Ge SH, Wan Z, Li J, Xu JP, Li RY, Bai FY. 2010. Correlation between azole susceptibilities, genotypes, and ERG11 mutations in Candida albicans isolates associated with vulvovaginal candidiasis in China. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 54: 3126-3131.

Research Interests

1. Biodiversity, culture collection and systematis of yeasts;
2. Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary biology of yeasts;
3. Population genetics and population genomics of wild and domestic Saccharomyces yeasts;
4. Microbiome of traditional fermentation



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