My major research area is biotechnology and genomics of biofuel feedstocks. We are working on switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), which is considered a prime candidate for large-scale biomass production for ligno-cellulose derived bio-energy. We employ biotechnology and genomics tools to improve the biomass production and plant resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses of switchgrass. My laboratory also works on the molecular plant-microbe interactions using tomato-Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria and watermelon-Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli as two model plant-pathogen systems.

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Main Investigator

Dr. Bingyu Zhao, Associate Professor

Postdoctoral, 2004-2007, University of California-Berkeley, CA, USA

Ph.D., 1999-2004, Kansas State University, KS, USA

M.S., 1994-1997, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

B.S., 1990-1994, Qingdao Agricultural University, China