People – Dr. Ying Li Lab

Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ying Li
Department:  Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Ying grew up in Guilin, China and then went to Beijing for her undergraduate degree at Tsinghua. In 2005, Ying came to U.S. and got her PhD degree in University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She then lived in the heart of Manhattan for five years working as a Postdoc at New York University. In 2016, she moved back to the Midwest, and started her own lab at Purdue, West Lafayette.

Area of expertise: Functional genomics; Epigenomics; Histone modification; Environmental responses; Systems Biology; Plant Genetics

 Address:  625 Agriculture Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907
 Phone:  (765) 494-0104


Ryan Patrick

USDA postdoc fellow
Research focus: Plant environmental epigenomics

Graduate student

Leo Koenigsfeld
Tanvir Dutt

Tanvir was born and brought up in Punjab, India. He completed his Bachelor's in Agriculture (Honors) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (India) and now he's pursuing Master's at Purdue University in Dr. Li's lab.
Research Interests- Plant Genetics and Epigenetics

Undergraduate researcher

Kayla Grennes

Kayla is from Battle Creek, Michigan and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology. She studies petunias and their transcriptional regulators for volatile organic compound metabolism.

MarySara Albert

MarySara studies root foraging for nitrogen and epigenetic regulators.

Honorary member

Holly and Baimei

Baimei and Holly were born in Clinton, Illinois in 2008. They traveled with Ying to New York City and lived in the Greenwich village for five years. They moved back to the midwest in 2016 and have been happy ever since.

Research focus: biotic stress of ornamental plants

Past Lab Members


Elena Yakubova

working at Inari.

 Address:  625 Agriculture Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907


Rachel McCoy

USDA postdoc fellow
Research focus: alternative transcript isoforms; N metabolism; epigenetic regulators
Current position: Assistant Professor in St. Norbert College

Graduate student

Emily Kuhn

Currently working at Corteva.

Liang Tang

Research focus: plant functional genomics and epigenomics
Current position: Bioinformatics Scientist at Varian

 Address:  625 Agriculture Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Russell Julian

Now working at Base5 Genomics.

 Address:  625 Agriculture Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907