Ruijuan works in Addie Thompson's lab.
Ruijuan is from China and received a B.S. degree in agronomy and M.S. in plant pathology in China prior to her doctoral study in U.S. She received her PhD degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology at Michigan State University in the summer of 2018. Her dissertation focused on examination of soybean sudden death syndrome resistance. During her doctoral work, a few main resistance QTLs and epistatic interactions were discovered and confirmed, and the associated markers are being used in the breeding program. In her current position, Ruijuan is working as a postdoctoral research associate in maize genetics and genomic at MSU. Her integrated research focuses on predicting how different maize varieties perform in different environments, including abiotic stress and future climate change scenarios. Her work includes genome-wide association studies (GWAS), genomic prediction, high-throughput phenotyping, and crop growth modeling. Ruijuan is also studying the application of drone-based spectral imaging in dry beans to assess biological nitrogen fixation.