Yi Wang has been hired as the new UW-Extension potato and vegetable horticulture specialist.
Wang received her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Nanjing University and received her Master’s degree from UW-Madison. In 2012 she finished her PhD from UW-Madison working with stem-end deformities in chipping potatoes.
Wang continued with post-doctoral work with the former UW-Extension potato and vegetable specialist, A.J. Bussan, at the Hancock Potato Research Station before taking a job as post-harvest physiologist at the University of Idaho’s Kimberly Research and Extension Center in 2015.
In Idaho, she also worked on water use issues and improved technologies for irrigation. She received the Spudman 2017 Emerging Leader Award in January.
Wang began her new position in Wisconsin in June and will divide her time with 60 percent Extension, 30 percent research and 10 percent teaching.