Two Researchers from China Conduct Sabbatical Research in Kang Lab
Posted: November 10, 2016
Dr. Yuan Li, Associate Professor in the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Dr. Zheng Zhang, Associate Professor in the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, joined the Kang lab on Nov. 10 for their year-long sabbatical work. Both of them received a visiting scholarship from the China Scholarship Council. The couple came with their four-year-old son Hanbao Zhang.
Dr. Li’s research interests include developing effective soil fumigation methods alternative to methyl bromide and applying molecular and traditional pathogen detection methods to guide soil-borne disease control. Research by Dr. Zhang has focused on understanding the mechanism underpinning the formation of agarwood, resinous heartwood derived from Aquilaria plants. Agarwood is widely used for producing traditional medicines, incense, and perfume. Zhang's research led to a few patented methods for effectively inducing the formation of agarwood, which have been deployed for commercial agarwood production. Through sabbatical research, the couple plans to acquire new molecular tools to support their research in China.