CARC – Scientist Profile – Ming Gao

Dr. Ming Gao

Ming Gao Ph. D.
Senior Research Scientist


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. (Plant Physiology)
M.S., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA, USA. (Biology)
B.S., Zhongsheng University, Guangzhou, P. R. China. (Botany)

Key Interests

Sweetpotato genomics; phylogenetic origin of the hexaploid sweetpotato genome; genetic mechanism regulating the formation of storage roots in sweetpotato; starch biosynthesis and genetic engineering in sweetpotato; and genetic mechanism regulating starch granule formation and its size distribution.

Contact Information

Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, AGRL Room 113, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: 936.261.2519

Recent Publications

Gao, M. (Corresponding Author), Huam, J. Moallic, C., Ashu, G., Xia, Q, Stewart, L., James, M., Njiti, V., and Batanagar, D. (2012) Structure-related Properties of Sweetpotato Largely Impact The Textural Quality of Fried Chips (Submitted).

Njiti, V., Xia, Q., Tyler, L., Tenner, A. Stewart, L. Tenner, A. and Gao, M. (2012). Effects of prohexadione-calcium on sweet potato vegetative growth as influenced by cultivar and nitrogen. African J. Agri Res. 7(15): 2372-2379.

Gao, M. (Corresponding Author), Ashu, G., Stewart, L., Akwe, W., Njiti, V., and Barnes, S. (2011). Wx intron variations support an allohexaploid origin of the sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam]. Euphytica, 177:111–133.

Ojong, P., Njiti,V., Guo, ZB., Gao, M., Besong, S. and Barnes, S. (2008). Variation of flavonoid content among sweetpotato accessions. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133: 819-824.