Ph.D., genetics, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, 2001; joined UNL faculty in 2017. With extensive experience and strong background in metabolism and obesity research, he leads a team of technologists to develop standard operating procedures of cutting-edge biomedical research techniques and services. He aims to provide excellent research service to the university as well as the nationwide research community and develop strategies to improve the core services continuously to ensure the core sustainability through introducing state-of-the-art technologies, hosting workshops and personal trainings, and serving as consultants to core users and investigators
Donald Weeks is an emeritus Maxcy Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a plant molecular biologist and biochemist, and a leading expert in the emerging field of gene editing in plants and algae using CRISPR/Cas technologies. Weeks helped pioneer the adoption of molecular biology and recombinant DNA technologies in biological research and at UNL, the Weeks lab developed a dicamba herbicide resistance gene technology that has been commercialized by major seed companies. The lab is currently developing and applying new methods for gene editing to use in improving important food crops.