Weng Curriculum Vitae

YIQUN WENG

Curriculum Vitae

USDA ARS, Vegetable Crops Research Unit
Horticulture Department, 1575 Linden Dr.,
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-0028
Email: yiqun.weng@wisc.edu or yiqun.weng@usda.gov
Lab web: https://wenglab.horticulture.wisc.edu/

EDUCATION

BS Plant Genetics and Breeding, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, 1985
MS Cytogenetics, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, 1988
PhD Genetics, Texas A & M University, College Station, USA, 1998

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

06/2020 – present:
Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS
Professor, Horticulture Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA

05/2014 – 05/2020:
Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS
Associate Professor, Horticulture Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA

09/2008 – 05/2014:
Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS
Assistant Professor, Horticulture Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA

01/1999 – 08/2008:
Assistant/Associate/Research Scientist
Texas A&M University Agriculture Research Center – Amarillo, Texas

09/1994 – 12/1998:
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant
Texas A & M University, College Station

09/1988 – 08/1994:
Teaching Assistant, Lecturer
Department of Agronomy, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICES

  • Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (Cucumber Gene Curator, 2009 – present)
  • USDA-ARS, Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee (CCGC) (2012 – present)
  • Chinese Cucumber Breeders Association, Committee member (2010 – present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Vegetable Research (2020 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Crop Science (2016 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Horticulture Plant Journal (2015 – present)
  • Fulbright Peer Review Committee (Life Sciences – Plants; Agriculture), The Fulbright Scholar Program, U.S. Department of State (2015 – present)
  • Oversea reviewer for Chang Jiang Scholars Program of China
  • USDA-SCRI (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019) and USDA-AFRI (2011) grant review panels
  • American Society of Horticulture Sciences, member
  • International Society of Horticultural Sciences, member
  • Crop Science Society of America, member
  • American Society of Plant Biologists, member

GRANT AWARDS

2020, QTL mapping and marker-assisted pyramiding for flavor enhancing chemicals to promote cucumber consumption and industry use. Co-PD, USDA-NIFA-Foundation Program (1/2021 – 12/2024)

2020, CucCAP2: Harnessing Genomic Resources for Disease Resistance and Management in Cucurbit Crops – Bringing the Tools to the Field. Co-PD, Cucumber team lead, USDA-NIFA-SCRI (9/2020 – 8/2024)

2018, Development of pickling cucumber inbred lines with multiple disease resistances through marker-assisted gene pyramiding. PD, Pickle Packer International Inc. (1/2018 – 12/2020)

2017, Genetic and molecular mechanisms of UVB-dependent hypocotyl elongation in cucumber. PD, USDA-NIFA-Foundation Program (2/2017 – 2/2021)

2015 CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics for improved disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Co-PD, Cucumber team lead, USDA-SCRI-CAP (9/2015 – 8/2019)

2014 Genomics-aided Development of Introgression Lines of Cucumis hystrix for Cucumber. PD, Improvement: Focus on Alien Transfer of Disease Resistance, USDA-NIFA (Foundation Program), (9/2013 – 8/2017)

2012 Alien Transfer of Downy Mildew and Root Knot Nematode Resistances into Cucumber from Wild Relatives, USDA-ARS Research Associate Program, PI (3/2014 – 2/2016)

2012 Translational Genomics in Cucumber: Tool Development and Application for Recessive Disease Resistances, USDA-NIFA-SCRI, PI (1/2012 – 12/2015)

2010 Whole Genome Approach for Genetic Analysis in Cucumber: Fruit size as a test case, USDA-BARD, co-PI (8/2010 – 7/2013)

2008 Marker-assisted development of germplasm with multiple insect and pathogen resistance for Texas wheat improvement. PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2008 – 8/2009)

2008 Texas winter wheat breeding program. Co-PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2008 – 8/2009)

2007 Genetics and functional genomics of drought tolerance in wheat. PI, USDA-ARS Ogallala Initiative (10/2006 – 9/2009)

2007 Tortilla wheat: a system approach. Co-PI, TAES Monocot Genomics Program (9/2007 – 8/2009)

2006 Map-based cloning of a greenbug resistance gene, Gb3, in wheat. PI, USDA NRICGP (9/2006 – 8/2009)

2006 Assessment of canopy temperature depression as a selection tool for drought tolerance in wheat using infrared radiometric imager. Co-PI, USDA ARS (9/2006 – 8/2008)

2005 Multidisciplinary, collaborative research on mechanisms of greenbug resistance in wheat. PI, Texas Cropping System Program (9/2005 – 8/2007)

2005 Use of marker-assisted selection for important disease and insect resistance for Texas wheat improvement. Co-PI, Texas Cropping System Program (9/2005 – 8/2007)

2005 Identification of genes contributing to drought tolerance in wheat – a functional genomics approach. PI, USDA-ARS, Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (10/2005 – 8/2007)

2004 Identification and characterization of new sources of greenbug resistance for Texas wheat improvement. PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2005 – 8/2006)

2003 Use of marker-assisted selection for greenbug resistance in wheat breeding. PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2003 – 8/2004)

2002 Fine mapping of a greenbug resistance gene, Gb3, in wheat. PI, USDA NRI-CGP (6/2002 – 5/2004)

2001 Molecular tagging of loci conferring greenbug resistance in wheat. Co-PI, TxGrain Program (9/2001 – 8/2002)

2001 Physiological and molecular markers for selection for resistance to stress factors in wheat. Co-PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2001 – 8/2002)

2000 Marker assisted selection for pest and drought resistance in wheat. PI, Texas Wheat Producers Board (9/2000 – 8/2001)