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Dr. Jiuxing ‘Lulu’ Lu has joined Dr. Gary Gao’s Team at South Centers as a visiting scholar

Dr. Gary Gao
Professor and Extension Specialist

Dr. Jiuxing “Lulu” Lu, an instructor of Horticulture from Henan Agricultural University in Zhengzhou, China, joined Dr. Gary Gao’s extension and research team in May.
Dr. Lu teaches botany courses and conducts research on Chinese tree peony in the College of Landscape Horticulture of Henan Agricultural University.  She will participate in Dr. Gao’s fruit extension and research projects across the state of Ohio, attend programs at the Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus, be involved in some of the activities of the Ohio Master gardener volunteer program, and learn about American culture, history, and language.

When you see Dr. Lu, please introduce yourself to her. She goes by Lulu. The entire team is enjoying Lulu’s enthusiasm for just about everything; she always has a smile on her face. Lulu is actively involved in the intelligent sprayer project in Mansfield, Ohio and blueberry projects at OSU South Centers in Piketon.

She received her PhD from Beijing Forestry University, and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degree from Henan Agricultural University. She is originally from Henan Province, which is located in central China.

Lulu enjoys interacting with our staff and summer interns. She will stay in the United States for one year.  “I am very excited to have her on our team, and look forward to a very productive year,” Gao said of his newest visiting scholar.