Wengui Yan has been a Research Geneticist since 1996 at the USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center. Dr. Yan received both B.S. (1981) and M.S. (1984) in Agronomy from Sichuan Agricultural University, China and Ph.D (1992) in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Arkansas, USA. His research interests cover phenotypic and genotypic characterization of over 20,000 rice accessions originated from 116 countries in the USDA Plant Germplasm System http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/index.html, germplasm identification for various traits essential for resistances to biotic and abiotic stresses, and grain yield, quality and nutritional values, and gene and/or QTL mapping along with molecular marker development for those traits to assist cultivar improvement using genomic technologies. The research program led by him has published 83 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 4 book chapters, 104 proceedings and abstracts for academic conferences and 1 patent in USA, China, Philippines, etc. At present, he is serving as academic editor for PLOS ONE, Plant Omics Journal and The Crop Journal, and reviewer for tens of scientific journals.