People – Purdue Pomology Lab

Current Staff

Principal Investigator

Dr. Peter Hirst

Peter Hirst is a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. For the last 30 years he has conducted research on various aspects of tree fruit physiology and culture. His current research interests include tree architecture, flower bud development and regulation of fruit size. He has also been involved in rootstock evaluation as a member of the NC-140 regional research group for the last 20 years. Hirst is fruit extension specialist for Indiana and teaches a senior undergraduate level course in fruit production and physiology. He is currently President of the American Pomological Society, consulting editor for tree fruits for the journal Hort Technology, and Guest professor at NorthWest Agricultural and Forestry University (NWAFU), Yangling, China.

Education Information:

PhD at Ohio State University, 1994
Bachelor of Horticultural Science at Massey University, New Zealand, 1984

 Address:  Purdue University 625 Agriculture Mall Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47907
 Phone:  (765) 494-1323
 Email:  hirst@purdue.edu

PhD Student

Khalil Jahed
Area:  Plant genetics and breeding

Master of Science in Horticulture, May 2015, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Master Thesis: Male and Female Interaction in Apple: Pollen Tube Growth, Fruit Set, Fruit Quality, and Return Bloom
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, September 2009, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan

 Address:  Purdue University, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907
 Email:  Kjahed@purdue.edu

MS Student

Yuanzhi Yang (Jay)
Area:  Plant moleculer genetics

Education:
Master of Science in Horticulture, 2017-, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, 2013-2017, Shandong Agricultural University, China

 Address:  Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 625 Agriculture Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907
 Email:  yang1511@purdue.edu

Visiting Scholars

Yan Ao

Education:

Bachelor of Agriculture, Sept. 1999-July 2003, in Forestry, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University
Master of Agriculture, Sept. 2003-July 2006, in Forest genetics and tree breeding, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University
Ph. D., Sept. 2006-July 2010, in the area of silviculture, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Postdoctor, Sept. 2010-July 2012, in the area of energy plant cultivation and utilization, Beijing Forestry University
Instructor, July 2012-Dec. 2014, in forestry college, Beijing Forestry University

Additional Information:

‚ÄčAssociate professor, January 2015-, in forestry college, Beijing Forestry University‚Äč

 Email:  aoyan316@163.com
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