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P: 864-656-6237

Campus Location

D153 Poole Agricultural Center


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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Haiying Liang

Genetics and Biochemistry

Associate Professor


AG Biotech/Biosystems Research Complex / BRC 104 [Lab]
AG Biotech/Biosystems Research Complex / BRC 108 [Office]
AG Biotech/Biosystems Research Complex / BRC GH215 [Greenhouse]

Educational Background

Ph.D., Plant Science & Biotechnology, State University Of New York
M.S., Plant Biology, Beijing Forestry University
B.S., Forestry, Beijing Forestry University

Research Interests

My research focus is in the application of genetics and genomics to improve economically important traits in plants.

Courses Taught


Selected Publications

KX Li, L K Liu, Y Chen, X Huang, W Liang, B Li, Y Shen, H Liang. 2021.Comprehensive Transcriptome and metabolome analysis of Lithocarpus polystachyus leaf revealed key genes in flavonoid biosynthesis pathways. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 2Mar 2;1(aop):1-1.

S Li, H Liang; L Tao, L Xiong; W Liang, Z Shi, Z Zhao. 2020. Transcriptome sequencing and differential expression analysis reveal molecular mechanisms for starch accumulation in chestnut. Forests 11: 388.

Y-Y Xia, D-X Wang, B-Q Hao, Z-P Jiang, G-C Chen, H Liang. 2020. Nitrogen fertilizer mitigates water loss and restores pigment composition in camellia oleifera, an oilseed crop. Journal of Soil and Plant Biology 2020(1): 106-112.

X Wang, H Liang, D Guo, L Guo, X Duan, Q Jia X Hou. 2019. Integrated analysis of transcriptomic and proteomic data of tree peony (P. ostii) seed reveals key developmental stages and candidate genes related to oil biosynthesis and fatty acid metabolism. Horticulture Research. 6, Article number: 111.

HY Zhao, H Liang, YB Chu, N Wei, MN Yang, CX Zheng. 2019. Effects of salt stress on chlorophyll fluorescence and the antioxidant system in Ginkgo biloba L. seedlings. HortScience 54(12):2125-2133

XJ Wei, J Ma, K Wang, XJ Liang, JX Lan, Y-J Li, K-X Li, H Liang.2018. Early flowering induction in golden camellia seedlings and effects of paclobutrazol. HortScience 53 (12): 1849-1854.

XJ Wei, J Ma, KX Li, XJ Liang, H Liang. 2017. Flowering induction in Camellia chrysantha, a golden Camellia species, with paclobutrazol and urea. HortScience 52 (11): 1537-1543.

Y Wu, R Zhang, M Staton, SE Schlarbaum, MV Coggeshall, J Romero-Severson, JE Carlson, N Zembower, H Liang, Y Xu, DI Drautz-Moses, SC Schuster, O Gailing. 2017. Development of genic and genomic microsatellites in Gleditsia triacanthos L. (Fabaceae) using Illumina sequencing. Annual Forest Research 60(2):343-350, 2017.

M Harmon, T Lane, M Staton, MV Coggeshall, T Best, C-Chih Chen, H Liang, N Zembower, DI Drautz-Moses, YZ Hwee, SC Schuster, SE Schlarbaum, JE Carlson, O Gailing. 2017. Development of novel genic microsatellite markers from transcriptome sequencing in sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.). BMC Research Notes 2017 10:369.

H Liang, B-Q Hao, G-C Chen, H Ye, J Ma. 2017. Camellia as an oilseed crop. HortScience 52(4):488–497.

X-J Wei, X-J Liang, J-L Ma, K-X Li, H Liang.2016. Biological characteristics and vegetative propagation of a new camellia variety 'Maozi'. HortScience, 51(12):1581–1585.

T Lane, T Best, N Zembower, J Davitt, Na Henry, Y Xu*, J Koch, H Liang, J McGraw, S Schuster, D Shim, M Coggeshall, JE Carlson, M Staton. 2016. The green ash transcriptome and identification of genes responding to abiotic and biotic stresses. BMC Genomics 17:702.

M Staton, T Best, S Khodwekar, S Owusu, T Xu, Y Xu, T Jennings, R Cronn, A.K Arumuganathan, M Coggeshall, O Gailing, H Liang, J Romero-Severson, S Schlarbaum, JE Carlson. 2015 Preliminary genomic characterization of ten hardwood tree species from multiplexed low coverage whole genome sequencing. PLoS ONE 10(12).

Y Zhao, H Liang, L Li, S Tang, X Han, C Wang, X Xia and W Yin. 2015. Digital gene expression analysis of male and female bud transition in Metasequoia reveals high activity of MADS-box transcription factors and hormone-mediated sugar pathways. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:467

C-C Chen, Y Xu, T Xu, M Staton, G Stott, O Bukles, SE Schlarbaum, JE Carlson, H Liang. 2015. Diversity level of genomic microsatellites in redbay (Persea borbonia L.) generated by Illumina sequencing. Journal of Plant Science and Molecular Breeding 4:2.

X Zhang, A Carlson, Z Tian, M Staton, SE Schlarbaum, JE Carlson, H Liang. 2015. Genetic characterization of Liriodendron seed orchards with EST-SSR markers. Journal of Plant Science and Molecular Breeding 4(1).


• American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
• American Horticultural Society (AHS)

Contact Information

P: 864-656-6237

Campus Location

D153 Poole Agricultural Center


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.