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Wusheng Liu

Assistant Professor in Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering

Faculty: Research, Teaching, Service

Faculty, Research

Dr. Wusheng Liu is an assistant professor in Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering within the Department of Horticultural Science. He worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. C. Neal Stewart, Jr., an NC State alum of Horticultural Science, studying plant biotechnology and plant synthetic biology with a focus on synthetic promoter engineering, synthetic transcription factors for regulation of transgene expression, and genome editing. Currently, the Liu laboratory is interested in:

i) development of novel approaches for non-GMO, genotype-independent delivery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system into crops for gene editing;

ii) understanding of the molecular mechanisms of agronomic traits including seed size in Arabidopsis, soybean and camelina, tomato fruit lycopene content, and potato internal heat necrosis; and

iii) crop trait engineering using genetic engineering and gene editing such as modified flowering patterns in camelina and rose rosette virus resistance.

The Liu laboratory is also interested in computational tool-assisted de novo motif discovery and synthetic promoter engineering, and using plant synthetic biology for enhanced defense against nematodes in Arabidopsis and soybean.


Dr. Liu teaches HS/GN/CS 720 Molecular Biology in Plant Breeding (3 credit hours, synchronous) at 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday in Spring 2021.


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PhD, Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (2007)
MS, Botany, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, P. R. China (1996)
BS, Landscape Architecture, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, P. R. China (1993)