Plant genetics; plant genomics
Current Research Interest
Apple genes and gene networks responsible for traits of horticultural and economic importance
Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
The Tech Awards-Economic Development
Bai, Yang, Laura Dougherty, Lailiang Cheng, Gan-Yuan Zhong, and Kenong Xu. “Uncovering Co-Expression Gene Network Modules Regulating Fruit Acidity in Diverse Apples.” BMC Genomics 16, no. 612 (2015).
El-Sharkawy, Islam, Laura Dougherty, and Kenong Xu. "Transcriptome Analysis of an Apple (Malus × Domestica) Yellow Fruit Somatic Mutation Identifies a Gene Network Module Highly Associated with Anthocyanin and Epigenetic Regulation." Journal of Experimental Botany 66 (2015): 7359-7376.