Jiming Jiang

Jiming  Jiang
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Plant Biology


Jiming Jiang, professor of plant biology, conducts research that aims to understand enhancer-based gene expression regulation in plants. Jiang also uses plant centromeres as a model system to investigate how epigenetic changes are associated with a plant’s ability to grow, develop and survive. Jiang joined MSU in August 2017 and holds joint appointments with the MSU Departments of Plant Biology and Horticulture.

Jiang received his B.S. in agronomy from Zhejiang Agricultural University, Zhejiang Province, China, and his M.S. in genetics from Nanjing Agricultural University, Jiangsu Province, China. He completed his Ph.D. in genetics from Kansas State University, where he also conducted postdoctoral work in plant pathology before continuing his studies at Yale University in their genetics department. Throughout his career, Jiang has served on several editorial and professional boards, including chair of the Potato Genetics and Breeding group for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Jiang has received several honors in recognition of his research, including the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship and Campbell-Bascom Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jiang has published extensively throughout his career and is one of the most highly regarded scientists in his field, earning the Thomson Reuters most Highly Cited Research award in 2014.