Dr. Guo-Liang Wang received his B.S. degree in Plant Genetics from Hunan Agricultural University in China in 1982 and his M.S. degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Fujian Agricultural University in 1985. In 1988, he was admitted to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the University of Philippines as a Ph.D. candidate. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding in 1992, he worked for one year as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Andrew Patterson at Texas A&M University before moving to University of California Davis to work with Dr. Pam Ronald for three years. From 1996 to 1999, he was a senior scientist at the National University of Singapore. In the end of 1999, Dr. Wang was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University (OSU), and was promoted to associate professor in 2004 and to full professor in 2008.
Rice, the stable food for over 50% of the world’s population, continues to be the nutritional, financial, and social lifeline for many developing countries. Dr. Wang’s lab is currently using rice blast disease as a model pathosystem to understand the molecular basis of plant-microbe interactions. The main focus of his reseach is to reveal the recogntion and signaling events between fungal effectors and rice resistance or defense proteins at the early infection stages by the blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. His team is also interested in generating novel genomic tools and resources for plant functional genomics. Dr. Wang published about 120 papers and was invited to present his results at many international meetings. Dr. Wang is highly committed to the education of students, postdocs and visiting scholars. He is editor of 4 international journals. Dr. Wang has received 8 awards including recent election as an American Phytopathological Society (APS) Fellow and OARDC’s Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award for his outstanding contributions to the Plant Pathology field.