Zhi-Yan (Rock) Du
Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering
I research the microbiomes of tropical crops, the lipid metabolism of photosynthetic organisms and microorganisms, and their symbiotic interactions.
By leveraging the diverse microbiomes found in tropical ecosystems, my research aims to unlock valuable insights that can drive advancements in fostering a healthy aquatic ecosystem and improving the performance of land crops. I seek to develop innovative approaches that promote the ecological balance of aquatic systems and enhance the productivity and resilience of agricultural crops by understanding the intricate interactions between microorganisms and their environments.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
Through my research, I aim to make significant contributions to Hawaii's ecosystem by enhancing its health and stability. Additionally, my work will have a positive impact on food security and the quality of crops in the region, and I aim to promote the development of novel non-GMO breeding technologies that can revolutionize agricultural practices in Hawaii.