2001-2004   Ph.D., Food Science, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 
1998-2001   M.Sc., Microbiology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China 
1994-1998   B.En., Food Science, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China 

Professional History: 

2011-       Associate Professor of Biology (with tenure)
            Division of Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois;  
                                        Joint Associate Professor of Food Microbiology, 
            National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Bedford Park, Illinois
2005-2010   Assistant Professor of Biology (tenure-track)
            Division of Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois;
            Joint Assistant Professor of Food Microbiology,
            National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Bedford Park, Illinois
2004-2005   American Society of Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellow, 
            Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
2002-2004   Graduate Research Assistant
            Department of Food Science, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
2001-2002   University Graduate Fellow
            Penn State Graduate School, University Park, Pennsylvania 
Honors and Awards:

2001-2002   University Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University 
2002-2003   Earl Casida Graduate Fellowship in Microbial Food Safety 
2003-2004   William B. Rosskam Memorial Scholarship in Food Science 
2004        Penn State Global Travel Award 
2004        Developing Scientist Award, International Association of Food Protection 
2004-2005   ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2007        The Charles C. Shepard Science Award Nominee 
2009        ASM-UNESCO Visiting Resource Person Travel Grant
2010        Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences 

Professional Society Affiliations:

2002-       Member, American Society for Microbiology
2002-2005   Member, Institute of Food Technologists
2003-       Member, International Association of Food Protection
2004-2006   Member, The Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)
2010-       Editorial Board Member, Food Microbiology (UK)
Other Professional Activities: 

Ad hoc Journal Reviewer for: Nature Genetics, Genome Research, Trends in Microbiology,
Molecular Cellular Biology, Emerging Infectious Disease, Applied & Environmental Microbiology,
Microbiology (UK), Food Microbiology (UK), Food and Chemical Toxicology,
Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Infection, Genetics and Evolution,
Journal of Medical Microbiology, BMC Microbiology, BMC Evolutionary Biology,
Journal of Food Protection, Journal of Applied Microbiology, etc.