Principle Investigator CV
I was trained in horticulture in Nanjing Agricultural University. During my university life, I dreamed of being a Chinese-version of Luther Burbank (a well-known American plant breeder). This was the major reason that I decided to come to Xishuangbanna after my graduation from university, because inside of Xishuangbanna’s tropical jungle there are a lot of wild fruits with great potential to be domesticated. During the early period of my career, I devoted myself to multiple projects related to rural development and botanical management. From 2000 onward, I started to have interests in frugivore-plant interactions. During 2002, I visited the University of Miami for six months under the supervision of Prof. Ted Fleming, where I gained most of my conceptual background in the field. Currently, as the director of the garden, most of my time has been occupied by administration, but I enjoy working with my students to pursue research. I love to ‘do something new, do something different’.