2018 AGRO New Investigator Award Finalist – Liu Yang

Liu Yang received her PhD in Entomology from Auburn University under the supervision of Xing Ping Hu in 2016. Her project focused on the development of a behavior-semiochemical-based IPM approach for invasive kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria F., particularly understanding the chemical elicitors involved in the interactions of host plants with M. cribraria. Liu also earned her MS in pesticide science from South China Agricultural University in China. She is currently a post-doctoral research scientist under the direction of Jeffrey Bloomquist at University of Florida, where she is investigating the behavior and toxicity effects and the electrophysiology mode of action of insecticides and repellents.