Linhai Wang is a vice professor of Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (OCRI, CAAS), and leads a group study on sesame and special oil crops. He earned his PhD in wheat genetics and breeding from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS) in 2009. Then, he was recruited to study sesame molecular genetics by OCRI, CAAS. He is mainly focusing to study sesame plant type and quality traits such as oil content based on genetics and genomics at present. In 2014, he published the first sesame genome sequence in Genome Biology, and updated it to a better level in 2016.