Dr. Qu curates medicinal germplasm collections for the NCRPIS. As curator, he is responsible for the distribution, maintenance, acquisition, documentation, and characterization of these collections with a current focus on Echinacea, Hypericum, Prunella, and Acteae. He has experience in plant breeding and genetics and interests in the investigation of seed germination/dormancy, genetic diversity, and genetic enhancement of these germplasm collections.
Ph.D. Plant Breeding/Genetics (Horticulture), Michigan State University, 1997. M.S. Horticulture, Jilin Agricultural University, China, 1986.
Horticulture, Jilin Agricultural University, China, 1982.
2009-Current: USDA-ARS Horticulturist, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, IA. 2001-2008: Senior Research Scientist, Gaia Herbs, Inc. North Carolina. 2001-2001: Plant Breeder, Waller Genetics, California. 2000-2000: Postdoctural Reserch Associate, University of Florida. 1997-1999: Postdoctural Reserch Associate, Rutgers University, NJ.
Assistant Professor, Jilin Agricultural University, China.