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Wusheng Liu

Assistant Professor / Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering

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Dr. Wusheng Liu is an assistant professor in Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering within the Department of Horticultural Science. Dr. Liu 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.  His research focused on synthetic promoter engineering, synthetic transcription factors for regulation of transgene expression, and genome editing. Currently, Dr. Liu’s laboratory is interested in genetic engineering and genome editing of soybean, Arabidopsis, and camelina for improved seed size and modified flowering patterns for bioconfinement. The Liu laboratory is also interested in using plant synthetic biology for enhanced defense against nematodes in Arabidopsis and soybean. In addition, The Liu laboratory is interested in the development of novel approaches for non-GMO, genotype-independent delivery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system into crops for gene editing.

Dr. Liu’s laboratory is looking for a postdoc and a graduate student.


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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)