Dr. Cheng's research program focuses on four major areas:
- Genomics and functional genomics and biotechnology of bioenergy crops, including Populus, soybean and agaves, particularly for agronomic and horticultural traits, like drought resistance
- Genomics and functional genomics and biotechnology of fruit crops, particularly grapevine, apple and strawberry, and
- Plant genome evolution, particularly genome duplication, intron evolution and calcium signaling evolution, and gene family analysis.
- Synthetic plant biology, particularly on understanding the crassulacean acid metabolism by using Kalanchoe as a model.
Cornell University — Ph.D. in Horticulture/Plant Genetics & Cell Biology , 1991
Cornell University — M.S. in Pomology/Plant Genetics, 1988
Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China — B.S. in Pomology, 1982