I undertook veterinary science education at Hunan Agricultural University in China and pursued postgraduate training at University of Melbourne in Australia. Over the past two decades, I have worked at several research and clinical laboratories in Australia and USA, with focuses on molecular characterization and virulence determination of microbial pathogens such as ovine footrot bacterium (Dichelobacter nodosus), dermatophyte fungi (Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermophyton) and listeriae (Listeria species), as well as development of nucleic acid-based quality assurance models for security sensitive and emerging viral pathogens. I am the primary author of > 50 original research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, the contributor of 140 book chapters, and the editor of “Handbook of Listeria monocytogenes” (2008), “Handbook of Nucleic Acid Purification” (2009), “Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens” (2009), “Molecular Detection of Human Viral Pathogens” (2010), “Molecular Detection of Human Bacterial Pathogens” (2011), “Molecular Detection of Human Fungal Pathogens” (2011), “Molecular Detection of Human Parasitic Pathogens” (2012), and “Manual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins” (2014), which are released by CRC Press. I am also a co-editor for “Molecular Medical Microbiology 2nd Edition” (2014), which is published by Elsevier.
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