Prof.dr. Bai has been appointed as personal professor at the Laboratory for Plant Breeding of Wageningen University & Research, led by Prof. Richard Visser. There she was employed as an associate professor and research group leader.
Yuling Bai (Henan, China, 1964) studied at Henan Agricultural University in China from 1985 to 1988 for her master degree and specialized in genetics and plant breeding. In 1999 she graduated with distinction in Biotechnology at Wageningen University. During her doctoral research in Molecular plant breeding in Wageningen she was selected by the Technology Foundation STW (now NWO, TTW-Applied and Technical Sciences) in the top 10 of PhD students in 2004.
From the turn of the century, she focused her research on ways to increase the resistance of solanaceous crops (the nightshades family that include tomato, pepper and potato) to pathogens such as powdery mildew.
In her current research she focuses on developing plant breeding strategies and instruments for sustainable resistance in vegetable crops, which can be potentially applied to other plant species. Yuling Bai studies the genetic and molecular mechanisms of disease resistance. Her focus is to link fundamental research in the laboratory to applications in the breeding practice by working together with national and international seed companies.