PhD, Ecology (Ecological Genomics), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
MSc, Medical Genetics, Medical School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
BS, Biology, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, United States
Master Gardener Certificate, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, United States
Dr. Chai-Shian Kua is The Morton Arboretum’s Scientific Liaison for the Center for Tree Science and the Coordinator for the Global Tree Conservation program in Asia. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the Shanghai-Morton Joint Urban Tree Lab. Chai-Shian works with colleagues from botanical gardens, universities, and other sectors to identify collaborative opportunities and execute research and applied projects.
As a research scientist who has a general appreciation of the beauty of science and in-depth experience in molecular biology and genome science, she is interested in applying technology and help develop tools to understand trees. With two decades of experience in the academic and botanical garden sectors, Chai-Shian has connection with key institutions and experts in Asia. Her goal is to bridge the cultural and scientific gaps between the Arboretum and its collaborators, enabling tree scientists, horticulturists, educators, and conservation biologists from different continents to work together on tree science and conservation.