Born in Qingdao, Shandong, China in October 1955, T.-X. obtained his B.S. degree in plant protection from Shandong Agricultural University (Tai'an, Shandong, China). He enrolled at the Department of Entomology of Virginia Tech University as a graduate student in 1986 and obtained his M.S. degree in 1987. He then enrolled at the Department of Entomology of the University of Georgia and received his Ph.D. degree in 1992. He spent four years as a postdoc research associate at the University of Florida. He joined Texas AgriLife Research in 1997 as an assistant professor of entomology, working on vegetable IPM. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2005. In 2009 the Chinese government recruited and appointed him as a national distinguished professor of entomology, the most prestigious faculty position in China. Later, he was appointed as dean of the College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University (2010), special adviser to the president (2009), director of the Key Laboratory of Applied Entomology (2009), and director of the Key Laboratory of Crop Pest Management in the Northwest Loess Areas of the Ministry of Agriculture of China (2012).
T.-X.'s research focuses on biological control of pest insects in vegetables and field crops, insect behavior, host plant-herbivore-natural enemy tritrophic interactions, and chemical ecology. T.-X. has been a prolific author, and has published 220 refereed journal articles in various journals, including the Annual Review of Entomology, BioControl, Biological Control and various ESA journals. He has also published more than 200 educational, popular, and extension articles, and has edited four books and 1
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