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lihua han


Dr Lihua Han

Synthetic Biologist and Transgenic Plant Specialist

Plant Sciences for the Bioeconomy

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
+44 (0) 1582 938 856


Lihua’s research interest is mainly in the area of lipid metabolism. Her project is focused on engineering omega-3 fish oils (EPA and DHA) in the oilseed crop, Camelina. With the emerging field of synthetic biology, she conducts high-throughput DNA circuit assembly, and tests their performance in Camelina by sophisticated lipidomics analysis. She is also actively involved in a series of transgenic Camelina-produced fish oil trials in different organisms, and she tests the GM plant’s agricultural traits in a range of geographic locations. These land-based sources of omega-3 fish oils will contribute to the sustainability of the fish farming industry and benefit human health and well-being in the future.

Strategic Programme

  • Tailoring Plant Metabolism (TPM)

Science Projects

  • Can oils derived from genetically-modified plants replace fish oil as a source of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the human diet?


  • 2010 - PhD in Plant Molecular Biology, China Agricultural University and Peking University, China
  • 2004 - MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology, Hebei Agricultural University
  • 2001 - BSc in Horticulture, Hebei Agricultural University