Welcome to Liu lab at the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. Our lab primarily utilizes next generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics tools to address biological questions of interest. Our research is focused on plant embryogenesis / regeneration, plant / microbial genomics, and plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Our current interests include the utility of multiple cutting-edge technologies for genome assembly, methodologies in efficient gene mapping and cloning, understanding plant responses at the molecular level to abiotic stresses (e.g. drought condition), as well as identification of critical genes involved in embryogenesis / regeneration and resistant genes to various pathogens in maize and wheat.

Research Interests

  • Plant embryogenesis and regeneration
  • Plant structural variation and its impact on phenotypic traits
  • Cloning and characterization of pathogen resistant genes, drought resistant genes, and other important crop genes
  • Assembly and annotation of plant and microbial genomes
  • Adaptation of cutting-edge genomic technologies to facilitate plant genetic and genomic studies

Ongoing Projects