Huang Cuifen, female, Han nationality, is a native of Taishan, Guangdong Province. She was born in 1921 and graduated from Lingnan University in 1944. Huang received a master's degree from Cornell University in 1949.
After returning to China from her studies overseas, Huang joined the Bacteria Teaching and Research Office of Shandong Medical Institute. She served as deputy chief and professor of the office as well as a researcher in the Military Medical Science Academy and chief of the institute's molecular genetics research center. Huang later was the leader of the biological group at the China Microbe Society and a member of the National Invention Prize Appraisal Committee.
Huang's research has focused on bacteria studies. She was the first individual to be approved to use genetic engineering bacteria in animals, and was awarded a Class I Science and Technology Progress for it. Her work includes a study on the progress of molecular bacteriology, genetic engineering tenets and technology.
The director of the China Genetics Society, Huang was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. She holds the title of a model scientific worker and a Class I researcher.