Primary research responsibilities are in peanut breeding, genetics, and genomics. The major objectives of the research are to develop cultivars with desirable improved traits adapted to all U.S. peanut producing regions; and enhance elite peanut germplasm through conventional and genomic approaches. The targeted traits are high yield, resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus and leaf spot, maturity, seed characteristics (size, split, and taste etc.), high oil content, high oleic and low linoleic fatty acids, and drought tolerance. 

Environmental Science, Agronomy
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Plant Breeding and Genetics, 2002
MS, China Agricultural University, China, 1990
BS, China Agricultural University, China, 1984