Dr. Zhuang has been with Institute of Vegetable Crops, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China since 1996. He serves as the principle investigator for eggplant genetics and breeding. He conducts research to characterize the inheritance of economically important attributes in eggplant and develop improved breeding lines and cultivars. He earned his Ph.D. in vegetable genetics and breeding at Nanjing Agricultural University, China. His research work was supported by the National Key R&D Program and Natural Science Foundation of China , and Key R&D Program and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province.