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Genetics and Biochemistry Profiles

Haiying Liang

Associate Professor
Genetics and Biochemistry Department

Office: 108 Biosystems Research Complex
Phone: 864-656-2414
Fax: 864-656-6879


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Plant Science & Biotechnology
State University Of New York 2000

M.S. Plant Biology
Beijing Forestry University 1993

B.S. Forestry
Beijing Forestry University 1990

 Courses Taught

GEN3020 H

 Research Interests

Improving economically important woody plant species using genomics and biotechnology.


1. (2015) Y Zhao, H Liang, L Li, S Tang, X Han, C Wang, X Xia, W Yin. 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
2. (2015) Chen C-C, Xu Y, Xu T, Staton M, Stott G, Bukles O, Schlarbaum SE, Carlson JE, Liang H. Diversity level of genomic microsatellites in redbay (Perseaborbonia L.) generated by Illumina sequencing. J Plant Sci Mol Breed 4:2.
3. (2015) X Zhang, A Carlson, Z Tian, M Staton, SE Schlarbaum, JE Carlson, H Liang. Genetic characterization of Liriodendron seed orchards with EST-SSR markers. Journal of Plant Science and Molecular Breeding 4 (1),
4. (2014) H Liang, M Staton, Y Xu, T Xu, J LeBoldus, Comparative expression analysis of resistant and susceptible Populus clones inoculated with Septoria musiva. Plant Sci 223:69–78
5. (2013) Y Xu, C-F Chen, TP Thomas, P Azadi, B Diehl, C-J Tsai, N Brown, JE Carlson, M Tien, H Liang. Wood chemistry analysis and expression profiling of a poplar clone expressing a tyrosine-rich peptide. Plant Cell Reports 32: 1827-1841
6. (2013) S Tang, H Liang, D Yan, Y Zhao, X Han, JE Carlson, W Yin, X Xia. Populus euphratica: the transcriptomic response to drought stress. Plant Molecular Biology 83: 539-557
7. (2013) Y Xu, S Thammannagowda, TP Thomas, P Azadi, SE Schlarbaum, H Liang. LtuCAD1 is a cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase ortholog involved in lignin biosynthesis in Liriodendron tulipifera L., a basal angiosperm timber species. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 31:1089–1099
8. (2013) Liang, M Staton, S Thammannagowda, Y Xu, T Xu, J LeBoldus, Enhancing Septoria musiva resistance in poplar with molecular genetic approaches In: Proceedings of the 32nd Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference; 10-13 June 2013 Clemson, South Carolina., pp. 8-11.
9. (2013) Y Zhao, S Thammannagowda, M Staton, S Tang, X Xia, W Yin, H Liang. An EST database for Metasequoia glyptostroboides buds: the first EST resource for molecular genomics studies in Metasequoia. Planta 237: 755-770
10. (2013) Y Chen, P Jiang, S Thammannagowda, H Liang, D Wilde. Characterization of peach TFL1 and comparison with FT/TFL1 gene families of the Rosaceae. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 138(1):12–17.
11. (2012) C.-Y. Hsu, J.P. Adams, K. No, H. Liang, R. Meilan, O. Pechanova, A. Barakat, J.E. Carlson, G.P. Page, C. Yuceer (2012) Overexpression of CONSTANS homologs CO1 and CO2 fails to alter normal reproductive onset and fall bud set in woody perennial poplar. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45448.
12. (2011) X Xu, SE Schlarbaum, H Liang. Investigation of genome structure of a cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase locus in a basal angiosperm hardwood species, Liriodendron tulipifera L., reveals low synteny. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 49 (5): 396–405.
13. (2011) H Liang, S Ayyampalayam, N Wickett, A Barakat, Y Xu, L Landherr, P Ralph, T Xu, SE Schlarbaum, JH Leebens-Mack, CW dePamphilis. Generation of a large-scale genomic resource for functional and comparative genomics in Liriodendron. Tree Genetics and Genome. 7: 941-954.
14. (2011) Y Jiao, N Wickett, S Ayyampalayam, A Chanderbali, L Landherr, PE Ralph, LP Tomsho, H Liang, PS Soltis, DE Soltis, SE Clifton, SE Schlarblum, SC Shuster, H Ma, J Leebens-Mack, CW dePamphilis. Phylogenomic detection of ancient polyploidy in seed plants and angiosperms. Nature 473:97–100
15. (2011) H Liang, A Barakat, SE Schlarbaum, JE Carlson. Organization of the chromosome region harboring a FLORICAULA/LEAFY gene in Liriodendron. Tree Genetics and Genomes. 7: 373-384.
16. (2010) H Liang, T Zhebentyayeva, B Olukolu, D Wilde, GL Reighard, A Abbott. Comparison of gene order in the chromosome region containing a Terminal Flowering1 homolog in apricot and peach reveals microsynteny across angiosperms. Plant Science 179: 390-398.
17. (2010) H Liang, A Barakat, SE Schlarbaum, DF Mandoli, J Carlson (June, 2010) Comparison of gene order of GIGANTEA loci in yellow-poplar, monocots and eudicots. Genome 53:533-544.
18. (2010) H Liang, PA Kumar, V Nain, WA Powell, JE Carlson. Selection and Screening Strategies. In: C. Kole, C.H. Michler, A.G. Abbott and T.C. Hall (eds) Development and Deployment of Transgenic Plants. Springer-Verlag – Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo, Vol. 1, pp. 85-143.
19. (2009) PK Wall, J Leebens-Mack, A Chanderbali, A Barakat, H Liang, L Landherr, LP Tomsho, Y Hu, JE Carlson, H Ma, S Schuster, DE Soltis, PS Soltis, N Altman, CW dePamphilis. Comparison of Next Generation sequencing technologies for de novo transcriptome characterization. BMC Genomics 10:347.
20. (2008) H Liang, CJ Frost, X Wei, NR Brown, JE Carlson, M Tien. Improved sugar release from lignocellulosic material by introducing a tyrosine-rich cell wall peptide gene in poplar. Clean-Soil, Air, Water 36 (8): 662-668
21. (2008) H Liang, JE Carlson, JH Leebens-Mack, PK Wall, LA Mueller, M Buzgo, LL Landherr, Y Hu, DS DiLoreto, DC Ilut, D Field, SD Tanksley, H Ma, CW dePamphilis. An EST Database for Liriodendron tulipifera L. floral buds: the first EST resource for functional and comparative genomics in Liriodendron. Tree Genet Genomes 4:419-433.