Han Jianlin

Han Jianlin

Scientist, Population Geneticist

Han Jianlin, a Chinese citizen, was born in a village in northwestern China. He received a Bachelor Degree in agricultural science from Gansu Agricultural University (GAU) in China in 1984. From 1984 to 2000, he was a teaching assistant and an associate professor on animal genetics and breeding in the department of animal science at GAU. There, he undertook cytogenetic, biochemical and molecular genetic studies as well as breeding research in indigenous Chinese livestock (camel, yak, cattle, sheep, goat, pig, horse, donkey and chicken). In 2000, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in molecular ecology and ecological genetics from the State Key Laboratory of Arid Agro-Ecology of Lanzhou University in China. He was awarded several scholarships, which gave him opportunities to visit and/or to work in universities or research institutions in around 40 developed and developing countries. He set up the International Yak Information Centre in 1994, now hosted at GAU, and he is the editor of the International Yak Newsletter. He was the main organizer of the International Congresses on Yak held in Lanzhou (1994), Xining (1997), Lhasa (2000) and Chengdu (2004). His research interests are animal husbandry in extreme ecological environments of the high Hindu Kush Himalayan region and the central Asian steppes (yak) as well as in the low central Asian deserts (Bactrian camel). He has authored or co-authored around 140 scientific publications. He joined ILRI in April 2001 to work on the genetic characterization, conservation and improvement of indigenous animal genetic resources in Asia and Africa.


• July 1984 - February 1993: Teaching Assistant, Gansu Agricultural University, China
• February 1993 - September 2002: Associate Professor, Gansu Agricultural University, China
• Since October 2002: Professor, Gansu Agricultural University, China
• June – December 1999: Research Fellow, ILRI
• April 2001 – April 2003: Post-Doctorate Scientist, ILRI
• Since May 2003: Scientist, ILRI
• Since January 2005: first level of Principal and Elitist Scientist, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China


Improving Animal Genetic Resources Characterization


Animal & Plant Cytogenetics, Animal Biochemical Genetics, Animal Molecular Genetics & Breeding / Animal Genetic Diversity and Conservation


X. B. Qi, H. Jianlin, G. Wang, JEO Rege and O. Hanotte (2009). Assessment of cattle genetic introgression into domestic yak populations using mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA markers. Animal Genetics, (accepted).

YUAN Jing, Han Jianlin and R. Blench (2008) Livestock in ancient China: an archaeozoological perspective. In: Sanchez-Mazas A, Blench R, Ross M D, Peiros I, Lin M. (eds.) Past Human Migrations in East Asia: Matching archaeology, linguistics and genetics. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, pp. 84-104.

QI Xuebin, Han Jianlin, Blench R, Rege JEO, Hanotte O. (2008) Understanding the yak pastoralism in Central Asian Highlands: genetic evidence for origin, domestication and dispersion of domestic yak. In: Sanchez-Mazas A, Blench R, Ross M D, Peiros I, Lin M. (eds.) Past Human Migrations in East Asia: Matching archaeology, linguistics and genetics. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, pp. 427-442.

Q. Xuebin, H. Jianlin, B. Lkhagva, I. Chekarova, D. Badamdorj, J.E.O. Rege and O. Hanotte (2005). Genetic diversity and differentiation of Mongolian and Russian yak populations. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 122: 117-126. (Correspondence author).

Mwacharo, J.M., Jianlin, H. and Amano, T. (2006). Native African chicken: valuable genetic resources for future breeding improvement. The Journal of Animal Genetics (Tokyo, Japan), 34 (2): 63-69.

E.K. Finlay, C. Gaillard, S.M.F. Vahidi, S.Z. Mirhoseini, H. Jianlin, X.B. Qi, M.A.A El-Barody, J.F. Baird, B.C. Healy, D.G. Bradley (2007) Bayesian inference of population expansions in domestic bovines. Biology Letters, 3: 449-452.

J.M. Mwacharo, K. Nomura, H. Hanada, H. Jianlin, O. Hanotte and T. Amano (2007) Genetic relationship among Kenyan and other East African indigenous chickens. Animal Genetics 38: 485-490. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2052.2007.01641.x).

Bin Fan, Jian-Lin Han, Shi-Lin Chen, David N. Mburu, Olivier Hanotte, Qi-Kang Chen, Shu-Hong Zhao and Kui Li (2008) Individual-breed assignments in caprine populations using microsatellite DNA analysis. Small Ruminant Research, 75: 154-161.

E.M. Prinzenberg, Han Jianlin and G. Erhardt (2008) Genetic variation in the κ-casein gene (CSN3) of Chinese yak (Bos grunniens) and phylogenetic analysis of CNS3 sequences in the genus Bos. Journal of Dairy Science, 91: 1198-1203. doi:10.3168/jds.2007-0746.

J. Gongora, N.J. Rawlence, V.A. Mobegi, Han Jianlin, J.A. Alcalde, J.T. Matus, O. Hanotte, C. Moran, J.J. Austin, S. Ulm, G. Larson, A. Cooper (2008) Indo-European and Asian origins for Chilean and Pacific chickens revealed by mtDNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105 (30): 10308-10313. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0801991105.

L. Sironi, J.L. Williams, A.M. Moreno-Martin, P. Ramelli, A. Stella, Han Jianlin, S. Weigend, P. Cordioli, P. Mariani (2008) Susceptibility to H7N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus chicken lines differing in Mx gene polymorphism coding amino acid position 631. Virology, 380: 152-158. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2008.07.022

Ndumu, D.B., Maumung, R., Hanotte, O., Wurzinger, M., Okeyo, M.A., Han Jianlin, Solkner, J. (2008) Genetic and morphological characterization of the Ankole Longhorn cattle in the African Great Lakes region. Genetics, Selection & Evolution, 40: 467-490. http://www.gse-journal.org/index.php?option=article&access=standard&Ite… &url=/articles/gse/pdf/2008/05/g07059.pdf

W. H. Gong, Zh. L. Tang, J. L. Han, S. L. Yang, H. Wang, Y. Li, Z. G. Wang, K. Li (2008) Mapping, tissue distribution and polymorphism of porcine retinol binding protein genes (RBP5 and RBP7). Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Science, 21(11): 1544-1550.

J. Gongora, N.J. Rawlence, V.A. Mobegi, Han Jianlin, J.A. Alcalde, J.T. Matus, O. Hanotte, C. Moran, J.J. Austin, S. Ulm, G. Larson, A. Cooper (2008). Reply to Storey et al.: Letter - More DNA and dating studies needed for ancient El Arenal-1 chickens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105 (48): E100. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0809681105.

H. Razafindraibe, V.A. Mobegi, S.C. Ommeh, Ralptondravao, G. Bjørnstad, O. Hanotte and Han Jianlin (2008). Mitochondrial DNA origin of indigenous Malagasy chickens: implication for a functional polymorphism of the Mx gene. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1149(1): 77-79.

M. Tixier-Boichard, W. Ayalew and Han Jianlin (2007). Inventory, characterization and monitoring. In: International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Scientific Forum on Animal Genetic Resources, Interlaken, Switerland, 3-7 September 2007. ITC-AnGR/07/Inf.2: 27-43. Published also in Animal Genetic Resources Information, 2008, 42: 29-44.

G. Wiener and Han Jianlin (2005). The yak. In: W.G. Pond and A.W. Bell (eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Science. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York. pp. 898-900. (ISBN: 0-8247-4796-8).

Han Jianlin (2005). Camelids. In: W.G. Pond and A.W. Bell (eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Science. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York. pp. 187-190. (ISBN: 0-8247-4796-8).

Gerald Wiener and Han Jianlin (2005). Yak (chapter 24). In: E. Owen, A. Kitalya, N. Jayasuriya and T. Smith (eds), Livestock and wealth creation: improving the husbandry of animals kept by resource-poor people in developing countries. Nottingham University Press, UK. pp. 473-488. (ISBN 1-904761-32-1).

Han Jianlin (2005). Achievement of research in the field of Camelids. In: A. Rosati, A. Tewolde and C. Mosconi (eds), WAAP Book of the Year – 2005. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Netherlands. pp. 177-187. (ISBN: 9076998671; ISSN: 1574-1125).

O. Hanotte and H. Jianlin (2005). Genetic characterization of livestock populations and its use in conservation decision-making. Book of proceedings of the international workshop of the role of biotechnology for the characterization and conservation of crop, forestry, animal and fishery genetic resources held in Turin, Italy, 5-7 March 2005. pp. 131-136. (Invited paper). also In: J. Ruane and A. Sonnino (eds), The role of biotechnology in exploring and protecting agricultural genetic resources. Rome: FAO. 2006. pp. 89-96. (ISBN 92-5-105480-0).


Genetic and morphological characterization of the Ankole Longhorn cattle in the African Great Lakes region

My Publications

Efficiency of an alkaline, thermostable, detergent compatible and organic solvent tolerant lipase with hydrolytic potential in biotreatment of wastewater

  • Ariaeenejad, S.
  • Kavousi, K.
  • Han Jianlin
  • Xue-Zhi Ding
  • Salekdeh, G.H.

Markhor-derived introgression of PAPSS2 confers high-altitude adaptability in Tibetan goats

  • Li, C.
  • Wu, Y.
  • Chen, B.
  • Cai, Y.
  • Guo, J.
  • Kalds, P.
  • Chen, Y.
  • Pausch, H.
  • Han Jianlin
  • Jiang, Y.
  • Wang, X.

Fecal microbiota was reshaped in UCP1 knock-in pigs via the Adipose-Liver-Gut Axis and contributed to less fat deposition

  • Jianfei Pan
  • Linya Chui
  • Tianxia Liu
  • Qiantao Zheng
  • Xuexue Liu
  • Lulu Liu
  • Ying Zhao
  • Lilan Zhang
  • Min Song
  • Han Jianlin
  • Jiaojiao Huang
  • Chaohua Tang
  • Cong Tao
  • Jianguo Zhao
  • Yanfang Wang

Fourth Report on Chicken Genes and Chromosomes 2022

  • Alfieri, James M.
  • Anthony, Nck
  • Arensburger, Peter
  • Athrey, Giridhar N.
  • Balacco, Jennifer
  • Balic, Adam
  • Bardou, Philippe
  • Barela, Paul
  • Bigot, Yves
  • Blackmon, Heath
  • Borodin, Pavel M.
  • Carroll, Rachel
  • Casono, Meya C.
  • Charles, Mathieu
  • Cheng, Hans
  • Chiodi, Maddie
  • Cigan, Lacey
  • Coghill, Lyndon M.
  • Crooijmans, Richard
  • Das, Neelabja
  • Davey, Sean
  • Davidian, Asya
  • Degalez, Fabien
  • Dekkers, Jack M.
  • Derks, Martijn
  • Diack, Abigail B.
  • Djikeng, Appolinaire
  • Drechsler, Yvonne Drechsler
  • Dyomin, Alexander
  • Fedrigo, Olivier
  • Fiddaman, Steven R.
  • Formenti, Giulio
  • Frantz, , Laurent A.F.
  • Fulton, Janet E.
  • Gaginskaya, Elena
  • Galkina, Svetlana
  • Gallardo, Rodrigo A.
  • Geibel, Johannes
  • Gheyas, Almas
  • Godinez, Cyrill John P.
  • Goodell, Ashton
  • Graves, Jennifer A.M.
  • Griffin, Darren K.
  • Haase, Bettina
  • Han Jianlin
  • Hanotte, Olivier H.
  • Henderson, Lindsay J.
  • Zhuo-Cheng Hou
  • Howe, Kerstin Howe
  • Lan Huynh
  • Ilatsia, Evans
  • Jarvis, Erich
  • Johnson, Sarah M.
  • Kaufman, Jim
  • Kelly, Terra
  • Kemp Stephen J.
  • Kern, Colin
  • Keroack, Jacob H.
  • Klopp, Christophe
  • Lagarrigue, Sandrine
  • Lamont, Susan J.
  • Lange, Margaret
  • Lanke, Anika
  • Larkin, Denis M.
  • Larson, Greger
  • Layos, John King N.
  • Lebrasseur, Ophélie
  • Malinovskaya, Lyubov P.
  • Martin, Rebecca J.
  • Martin Cerezo, Maria Luisa
  • Mason, Andrew S.
  • McCarthy, Fiona M.
  • McGrew, Michael J.
  • Mountcastle, Jacquelyn
  • Muhonja, Christine Kamidi
  • Muir, William
  • Muret, Kévin
  • Murphy, Terence
  • Ng'ang'a, Ismael
  • Nishibori, Masahide
  • O'Connor, Rebecca E.
  • Ogugo, Moses
  • Okimoto, Ron
  • Ouko, Ochieng
  • Patel, Hardip R. Patel
  • Perini, Francesco
  • Pigozzi, María Inés
  • Potter, Krista C.
  • Price, Peter D.
  • Reimer, Christian
  • Rice, Edward S.
  • Rocos, Nicolas
  • Rogers, Thea F.
  • Saelao, Perot
  • Schauer, Jens
  • Schnabel, Robert
  • Schneider, Valerie
  • Simianer, Henner
  • Smith, Adrian
  • Stevens, Mark P.
  • Stiers, Kyle
  • Tiambo, Christian Keambou
  • Tixier-Boichard, Michele
  • Torgasheva, Anna A.
  • Tracey, Alan
  • Tregaskes, Clive A.
  • Vervelde, Lonneke
  • Ying Wang
  • Warren, Wesley C.
  • Waters, Paul D. Waters
  • Webb, David
  • Weigend, Steffen
  • Wolc, Anna
  • Wright, Alison E.
  • Wright, Dominic
  • Zhou Wu
  • Yamagata, Masahito
  • Chentao Yang
  • Zhong-Tao Yin
  • Young, Michelle C.
  • Guojie Zhang
  • Bingru Zhao
  • Huaijun Zhou

Genome-wide analysis of Circular RNAs reveals circCHRNG regulates sheep myoblast proliferation via miR-133/SRF and MEF2A Axis

  • Yue Liu
  • Qian Chen
  • Jingjing Bao
  • Yabin Pu
  • Han Jianlin
  • Huijing Zhao

Genomic adaptation of Ethiopian indigenous cattle to high altitude

  • Terefe, Endashaw
  • Belay, Gurja
  • Han Jianlin
  • Hanotte, Olivier H.
  • Tijjani, Abdulfatai