I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Boris Vinatzer’s laboratory in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Currently, I am working on improving the detection of the boxwood blight pathogen (Calonectria pseudonaviculata) utilizing molecular tools such as the MinION. I am also working on investigating the ice nucleation activity of fungi and bacteria.

I am from Hangzhou, China. I studied ornamental horticulture at Beijing Forestry University for my Bachelor’s degree. I have moved to the US for my graduate degrees since 2014.

Before joining Dr. Vinatzer’s lab, I obtained my Master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) and worked at Hampton Roads AREC at Virginia Tech. Boxwood (Buxus spp.) is my favorite plant, and I have been studying boxwood since 2014.

When I am not at work, I love traveling. I have been to 26 countries by 2019. I am also a music (alternative) and sci-fi (space opera and cyberpunk) lover.