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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

Zenglu Li

Associate Professor

Zhenglu LiCenter for Applied Genetic Technologies
111 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-9805
Fax: 706-583-8120

Research area: Soybean breeding and genomics

Additional website: Li Lab


Zenglu Li obtained his Ph. D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and received his postdoctoral training in Soybean Molecular Breeding from the University of Georgia.  He worked as Research Scientist and Marker Lab Manager on marker/QTL discovery and molecular breeding for six years at Pioneer Hi-Bred to support global specialty crops. Subsequent to his career at Pioneer, Dr. Li was Corn Genotype Lab Lead and then Soybean Discovery Breeding Lead at Monsanto Company from 2006 to 2012 with a focus of utilization of molecular markers and sequencing technology to support global trait integration and breeding efforts, and germplasm discovery and enhancement.  Dr. Li joined the faculty in Soybean Breeding and Genomics at the University of Georgia in April, 2012. His research interests are focused on development of soybean varieties adapted to the Southeastern U.S. with high yield, enhanced quality, and disease and pest resistance; identification and utilization of soybean genetic diversity for germplasm enhancement; marker/QTL discovery for the traits of interest; molecular breeding methodology; and development and utilization of genomic technologies to improve breeding efficiency


Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
Ph.D. Plant Breeding & Genetics Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1999