Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Ying Hu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Kernza®

Ying Hu, PhD, calls Gainesville, Florida home. She obtained both a BA and an MS degree in Horticulture Science from China Agricultural University, and has a PhD degree in Horticultural Science from Kansas State University. Ying has been working on plant breeding since she was a PhD student. Five-year studies on improving biotic stress tolerance in plants using genetic engineering technologies inspired that interest. Then, she learned how to use bioinformatics tools to explore NGS data, discover new genes, and make available large collections of molecular markers, which will dramatically facilitate plant breeding. Her expertise in bioinformatics and research experience in plant breeding will enable her to make substantial contributions to our future research projects.


What drew you to work at TLI?
TLI is a very good place to do plant breeding research. Also, I like the challenge of studying perennial crops, which is much different from the maize I was working on before.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
I will work closely with Dr. DeHaan and Dr. Jesse Poland to provide bioinformatics analysis to facilitate intermediate wheatgrass breeding. I will use high-throughput skim-sequencing and haplotype-based imputations to lower the cost of genotyping – which will help breeders to select from larger breeding populations.

What’s most inspiring about your specific position at TLI?
I’m glad that I can apply what I learned so far to benefit the intermediate wheatgrass project.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Intermediate wheatgrass – I would like to make noodles and bread.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I’m passionate about dancing. Yoga makes me feel calm and relaxed. Zumba makes me feel happy and healthier

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
My favorite motto is “Tomorrow is another day.”

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