Washington State University
Post-doctorate training, Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University, 1995-1998 Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, University of Orleans, France, 1987 Certificate of Professional Achievement in Plant Biology, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China, 1979 BS in Agricultural Science, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China, 1977
Yu’s lab is interested in applying genomic tools for enhancing resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in forage crops. His current research has been focused on genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of resistance to soil-borne diseases and stem nematode in alfalfa using genotyping by sequencing (GBS). Drought and salt tolerance, and enhanced water use efficiency are also investigated in his group using forward or reverse genetics. Molecular markers and high throughput strategies will be developed and used in marker-assisted breeding to develop improved forage varieties with resistance to disease and abiotic stresses.