Dr. Kai-Shu Ling


  • 1995, PhD.  Plant Pathology (virology), Cornell University, Geneva, New York (NY), USA.
  • 1983, B.S. in Plant Protection, Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China.
  • 2001, Certificate on leadership and management program for technology professionals, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.


  • 2004 – Present, Research Plant Pathologist, Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS, Charleston, SC.
  • 2001- 2004, Director and California Branch Manager, STA Laboratories, Gilroy, CA, USA.
  • 1998- 2001, Scientist, AgriVitis, Inc, San Juan Bautista, CA, USA.
  • 1995- 1998, Postdoctoral research associate, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA.
  • 1990- 1995, Graduate research assistant, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA.  
  • 1988- 1990, Visiting scholar, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA.  
  • 1983- 1988, Research assistant, Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Fuzhou, China.


  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Phytopathological Society


  • Project Director, ARS Grand Challenge project: “Developing a Holistic Cropping System to Enhance Tomato Productivity under Protected-Environment” approved in April, 2018.
  • Co-Project Director, leading a USAID-sponsored cassava whitefly management project in Africa, entitled “Genomics-guided RNA Interference Solutions for Whitefly Management in Cassava and World Food Crops” 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2018. 
  • Project Director, coordinate a USDA, NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative project, entitled “Understanding the global virus distribution and development of translational genomic tools to accelerate the breeding for resistance”. 9/1/2012-8/30/2017. 
  • Co-PI, supervise a research on a USDA, NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Coordinated Agriculture Project, entitled “Cucurbit CAP Proposal: Leveraging Applied Genomics for Improvement of Disease Resistance” 10/1/2015 – 08/31/2019. 
  • Co-PI, supervise a research on a USDA, NIFA Crop Disease management project, entitled “Integrated Management of Tomato Chlorotic Spot Virus, An Emerging Tospovirus Threatening Tomato Production in the Eastern U.S.” 10/1/2015 – 08/31/2018.
  • Co-PI, USDA, NIFA’s specialty crop research initiative program (SCRI) directed by Dr. Sally Miller of the Ohio State University, entitled “Systems approach to managing microbial threats in greenhouse tomato” for 5 years to work on the project, successful accomplishments of all objectives. 10/1/2010- 8/30/ 2015.