Tao "Theon" Jiang, Ph.D.
Tao “Theon” Jiang is a postdoctoral researcher focused on examining lettuce genetics and molecular breeding. Jiang’s research specifically focuses on using an integrated approach to understand temperature effect on lettuce seed germination and flowering, dissecting molecular mechanisms underlying temperature response of lettuce during flower and seed germination, and leaf senescence of multiple plant species. As part of his research program, Jiang is also developing host-silencing trapper plants to be used in biological control of whitefly in nursery plant production. Jiang, a Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China native, earned his bachelor’s in biotechnology from Jiangsu University and master’s in plant biology from Zhejiang University before moving to the United States to work as a research assistant in plant biology at Michigan State University. He later went on to earn a master’s in probability and statistics as well as a doctorate in crop breeding from Auburn University.