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Yuan Zeng

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Auburn University, 2017, Entomology/Microbiology
  • M.S. Auburn University, 2017, Probability and Statistics
  • M.S. Auburn University, 2012, Forest Health
  • B.S. Beijing Forestry University, 2008, Forest Resources Conservation
  • B.S. minor Beijing Forestry University, 2007, Computer Science


  • Professional Development and Travel Award, Colorado State University, 2021
  • International Graduate Student Showcase for International Congress of Entomology, Entomological Society of America (ESA), 2016
  • Outstanding Ph.D. student, Auburn University, 2015
  • Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship, Auburn University, 2015
  • The Alabama Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP) Round-9 Fellowship, Alabama EPSCoR. 2014
  • Second place, President’s Prize, Graduate Student Poster Competition, ESA Annual Meeting, 2014
  • James Floyd Googan’s Endowed Fellowship in Forest Biology, Auburn University, 2014
  • Outstanding M.S. Student, Auburn University, 2012
  • The Drummond Fellowship, Auburn University, 2012
  • National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China, 2007
  • Developing field-crop disease forecasting models by integrating multi-comics and environmental sensing technologies
  • Harnessing plant-pathogen-microbiome interactions to promote crop health
  • Conducting disease and yield evaluation of corn, soybean, and tobacco varieties
  • Testing fungicide efficacy in corn, soybean, and strawberry diseases in Virginia’s Piedmont region
  • Offering plant disease diagnostic services to field-crop growers in Virginia’s Piedmont region

Refereed/Adjudicated Publications:

  • Taylor, D, Charkowski, A.O., and Zeng, Y. 2021. Laboratory assays used to rank potato cultivar tolerance to blackleg showed that tuber vacuum infiltration results correlate with field observations. Plant Disease 105(3):585-591.
  • Zeng, Y., and Charkowski, A.O. 2021. The role of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters in bacterial phytopathogenesis. Phytopathology 111(4):600-610. (Selected as the Editor’s pick for April 2021)
  • Zeng, Y., Fulladolsa, A.C., Cordova, A.M.^, O’Neill, P., Gray, S.M., and Charkowski, A.O. 2020. Evaluation of effects of chemical soil treatments and potato cultivars on Spongospora subterranea soil inoculum and the incidence of powdery scab and potato mop-top virus in potato. Plant Disease 104(11):2807-2816.
  • Zeng, Y., Abdo, Z., Charkowski, A.O., Stewart, J.E., and Frost, K. 2019. Responses of bacterial and fungal community structure to different rates of 1,3-dichloropropene fumigation. Phytobiomes Journal 3(3):212-223. (Selected as the Editor’s pick for October 2019)
  • Zeng, Y., Fulladolsa, A.C., Houser, A., and Charkowski, A.O. 2019. Colorado seed potato certification data analysis shows mosaic and blackleg are major diseases of seed potato and identifies tolerant potato varieties. Plant Disease 103(2):192-199.
  • Zeng, Y., Hu, X.P., Cao, G.Q., and Suh, S. 2018. Hemolymph protein profiles of subterranean termite Reticulitermes flavipes challenged with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Scientific Reports 8(1):13251.
  • Zeng, Y., Hu, X.P., and Suh, S. 2016. Characterization of antibacterial activities of eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, against human pathogens. PLOS One 11(9):e0162249.
  • Zeng, Y., Hu, X.P., Yu, X.Q., and Suh, S. 2014. Multiple antibacterial activities of various proteins in crude extracts from the eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes Kollar (Blattodea:Isoptera:Rhinotermitidae). Advances in Research 2(8):455-461.
  • Zeng, Y., Kidd, K.R., and Eckhardt, L.G. 2013. The effect of thinning and harvesting on root-feeding bark beetle population dynamics in loblolly pine plantations in central Alabama and Georgia. Pest Management Sciences 70(6):915-921.
  • Matusick, G., Menard, R.D. Zeng, Y., and Eckhardt, L.G. 2012. Root-inhabiting bark beetles (Coleoptera:Curculionidae) and their fungal associates breeding in dying loblolly pine in Alabama. Florida Entomologist 96(1): 238-241.
  • Li, J., Luo, Y.Q., Zeng, Y., Shi, J., Ma, L.Y., Yang, X.H., Wang, Z.J., and Heliövaara, K. 2009. Plant diversity patterns in different forests in Aershan, Inner Mongolia. Forestry Studies in China 11(1):55-60.
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