New Staff – Dr. Yan Liu
Yan Liu recently joined Xianming Chen’s program in the USDA-ARS and Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA as an associate in research. Liu received her B.S. degree in engineering from Central South University, Changsha, China in 1996; M.S. in Crop Genetics and Breeding from Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China in 2004; and Ph.D. in crop molecular genetics and breeding from the same university in 2010. Her Ph.D. thesis research entitled “Identification and mapping of candidate genes associated with broad spectrum and durable resistance to rice blast and study of mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions” was conducted at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines under the direction of Hei Leung. After her Ph.D. degree, Liu conducted research as postdoctoral research associate on identification and fine mapping of resistance QTL associated with multi-nematode resistance in soybean at the University of Missouri under the supervision of Henry Nguyen from 2011-2012; genomic structure and contemporary evolution of weediness in red rice at the USDA-ARS National Rice Research Center, Dale Bumpers, Arkansas under the supervision of Yulin Jia from 2012-2015; and fine mapping of QTL for resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat at North Dakoda State University under the supervision of Shaobin Zhong. At WSU, Liu conducts research for improving control of stripe rust.