Ming-Cheng LUO
Research Geneticist, University of California, Davis, California, USA

Ming-Cheng Luo received his Bachelor degree in Agronomy, Master degree in Plant Breeding and Doctoral degree in Plant Genetics from the Sichuan Agricultural University of China in 1983, 1986 and 1992, respectively. He had postdoctoral training at nthe University of California at Davis from 1993-1998. His research focuses on genomics and bioinformatics, gene diversity and evolution, and application of genomic resources/tools. In the early days of the wheat sequencing effort, Ming-Cheng Luo pioneered the development of high information content BAC fingerprinting (HICF) that enabled communities to generate BAC-based physical maps for plant and animal genomes. Most recently, he has pioneered the use of BioNano optical maps for improving the BAC-based sequence and whole genome assemblies. Since 2000, he has been playing a leading role in several genome projects, including one aiming at producing a high quality reference sequence for the genome of Aegilops tauschii - the progenitor of wheat D genome.