Dr. Qu’s graduate training was in plant cell and molecular biology. Prior to coming to NC State, Dr. Qu worked in rice and wheat biotechnology at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) and Montana State University (Bozeman, MT). Dr. Qu is co-teaching CS720 (Molecular Biology in Plant Breeding) with Dr. R. Dewey.
Dr. Qu serves as an advisor to graduate students, conducts research in genetic transformation for improvement of turfgrass and other crops, and in transgene expression in monocot plants.
- Acetosyringone treatment duration affects large T-DNA molecule transfer to rice callus, BMC BIOTECHNOLOGY (2018)
- Cholesterol accumulation by suppression of SMT1 leads to dwarfism and improved drought tolerance in herbaceous plants, Plant Cell and Environment (2018)
- Effects of overexpression of jasmonic acid biosynthesis genes on nicotine accumulation in tobacco, Plant Direct (2018)
- Accumulation of medium-chain, saturated fatty acyl moieties in seed oils of transgenic Camelina sativa, PLoS One (2017)
- Evaluation of parameters affecting switchgrass tissue culture: Toward a consolidated procedure for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Plant Methods (2017)
- Control of brown patch (Rhizoctonia solani) in tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) by host induced gene silencing, Plant Cell Reports (2016)
- Expression of the shrimp antimicrobial peptide penaeidin 4-1 confers resistance against brown patch disease in tall fescue, Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (2016)
- A novel gateway-compatible binary vector series (PC-GW) for flexible cloning of multiple genes for genetic transformation of plants, Plasmid (2015)
- A photorespiratory bypass increases plant growth and seed yield in biofuel crop Camelina sativa, Biotechnology for Biofuels (2015)
- Genetic factors for enhancement of nicotine levels in cultivated tobacco, Scientific Reports (2015)