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Jennifer (Ching Man) Wai

Dr. Jennifer (Ching Man) Wai works in Robert Vanburen's lab.

Area of Expertise: Genomics and genetics of abiotic stress response in resurrection plant and cereal crops.

Dr. Jennifer (Ching Man) Wai received her PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa on the genomics and cytogenetic studies of papaya sex chromosome. She then joined University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign as post-doctoral research associate and studied CAM photosynthesis in pineapple, as well as genetic mechanism of biomass accumulation in bioenergy crop sugarcane. Later, Dr. Wai joined Dr. Robert VanBuren’s lab as research associate in 2016.

Her research focuses on studying 1) CAM photosynthesis evolution using comparative genomics; 2) chromatic architecture changes of desiccation tolerance Oropetium thomaeum under extreme drought; 3) genetic diversity of orphan grain crops Eragrostis tef; and 4) utilization of single cell sequencing technology on plant resilience study.