Yu is prof. at the Inst. of Molecular Bio., Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. She attained outstanding accomplishments in frontier research. She has unraveled sugar and oxygen deficiency signaling and gene regulation pathways, and discovered mechanisms underlying rice flooding tolerance. Yu was the first to succeed in Agrobacterium-mediated rice transformation. Based on this admirable development, she generated a large T-DNA inserted rice mutant population and established a database of flanking sequence tags. These resources offer great value in the functional genomics research of novel genes applicable for cereal crop improvement. Yu is a Fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Sci. (AAAS), won a Corresponding Member Award of the American Soc. of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and many major foreign and domestic awards, and has been elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica.