B.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China, 1988
Associate Professor (Sep. 1, 2016 – Present), Assistant Professor (Aug. 2010 – Aug. 2016), Small Grains Genetics and Genomics, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Amarillo, TX, 2010 – Present
Adjunct professor, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, 2012 – Present
Research Scientist in Small Grain Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2007 – 2010
Visiting Fellow in Common Bean Breeding and Molecular Genetics at Agriculture Agri-Food Canada – Harrow Research Center, 2004 – 2007
Molecular mapping of genes/QTL associated with important traits of crops.
Identification, validation and application of SNP markers linked to traits of interest.
Molecular cloning of genes linked to important traits.
Marker-assisted breeding to develop germplasm lines and cultivars in Small Grains and Common Bean.
Research Projects and Goals
Genetic and genomic studies of important traits of wheat in Great Plains. Traits include drought and heat tolerance, resistance to diseases (leaf, stem and stripe rusts, wheat streak mosaic virus), and arthropods (greenbug, Hessian fly, and wheat curl mite) as well as good end-use quality. Both traditional and molecular breeding techniques are used to develop germplasm lines with one or more target traits. Genomic techniques including gene/QTL mapping, target molecular marker identification, validation and utilization, diagnostic and high throughput KASP SNP screening, gene cloning, gene functional analysis will be used to understand and improve those target traits.
1) Developing germplasm lines with multiple favorable alleles for drought tolerance, insect and disease resistances.
2) Genetic mapping and genomics studies of genes/QTL for important traits in adapted cultivars. Study drought tolerance through RNASeq analyses of water stressed plants.
3) Validating and applying diagnostic and high throughput KASP markers in marker-assisted breeding for target genes and major QTL controlling important traits in wheat production.
Xiaoxiao Liu, Research Associate (Jan 2018 – Present)
Kele Hui, Research Assistant (Oct 2017 – Present)