Dr. Guochen Yang

Dr. Gouchen YangRank: Professor
Department: Natural Resources and Environmental Design
Email: yangg@ncat.edu
Phone: 336-285-4853


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Master of Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Bachelor of Science, Jilin Agricultural University, China.


Dr. Yang is the coordinator for Urban and Community Horticulture program, and received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SAES, 2012-2013). Over the years, he has taught a wide range of classes, such as Advanced Techniques for Horticultural Crop Improvement (Plant Tissue Culture), Introduction to Horticulture, Plant Propagation, Season Extension in Sustainable Production.

Dr. Yang’s area of expertise is tissue culture and micropropagation. His research interest has been using tissue culture and micropropagation techniques for economic development including rescue of endangered species, mass production of rare species and plant species with high economic values, and for secondary production such as nutraceuticals. As Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI, he has been collectively awarded funding for about $3 million. His research resulted in 3 Invention Disclosures, 1 US Provisional Patent Application and 1 US Utility Patent Application. He has published about 30 refereed journal papers and 10 conference proceedings papers, and made about 150 presentations at national and international scientific conferences.

He received an USDA Secretary’s Honor Awards for Personal and Professional Excellence (1999), NCAT’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2001), and SAES’ Aggie Star Certificate of Collaboration Awards (2004 & 2006). He serves his professional societies well, such as the Steering Committee of the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (2010-2012), committees of American Society for Horticultural Science, the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Biotech Research since 2011 and of International Journal of Fruit Science since 2014, and USDA/AFRI proposal review panel, and as a reviewer for many scientific journals and funding agencies.

Focus Area

Plant tissue culture (micropropagation) and propagation, somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis.