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Guixia Hao

Research Molecular Biologist


Phone: (309) 681-6520
Fax: (309) 681-6672
Room 1132B

1815 N University St.
Peoria IL 61604

Guixia Hao is a Research molecular biologist with USDA/ARS in Peoria.  After receiving her B.S. from Shandong Normal University and Ph. D from Beijing Forest University in China, she conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell University and USDA/ARS at Ft Pierce, FL. At Cornell University, she worked on characterization of the genes in Agrobacterium vitis associated with grape necrosis and tobacco hypersensitive response. With USDA/ARS at Ft. Pierce, she conducted research on characterization of virulence factors of the Huanglongbing (HLB) pathogen ‘Candidaus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (Las) and production of transgenic citrus resistant to HLB and canker disease. Currently, she works with a group of scientists at NCAUR on the project “Novel methods for controlling trichothecene contamination of grain and improving the climate resilience of food safety and security programs”. Her researches are primarily focused on characterization of the genes that affect Fusarium head blight pathogenesis and mycotoxin production to enhance food safety and crop production. Various approaches such as genetics, functional genomics, mutagenesis, RNAi, transient and transgenic gene expression are applied to study gene functions and develop novel methods for reducing disease and mycotoxin contamination.


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