Associate Professor and Associate Director of IR-4 Laboratory
3815 Technology Blvd, Suite 1031B
Lansing, MI 48910
Dr. Jiang has a solid background in science with 20+ years of experience in research, teaching, and services. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $8 M. He published and presented over fifty papers and presentations in the areas of chemistry, food safety, environmental contamination, and pest management. Dr. Jiang co-authored over one hundred IR-4 Analytical Summary Reports that have been submitted to the US EPA for pesticide registration. While being on the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s mission Capacity Building, Dr. Jiang and colleagues travelled many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and helped these developing countries to develop internationally recognized pest management programs and to establish their regulatory systems, which are important to the global food safety. He worked in industries in Toronto and Detroit before joining Michigan State University in 2003. Dr. Jiang became a faculty member at the Department of Entomology in 2006. Dr. Jiang is serving as a senior editor of Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.
Current assignment: Research 50% | Teaching 5% | Outreach & Services 45%
For more than 50 years, the USDA Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) Project has been the primary resource in the US for facilitating registrations of pesticides on specialty crops and minor uses which include the majority of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops. The IR-4 program is fully funded by USDA. The IR-4 Project contributes more than $7.3 billion to annual GDP in the US. Therefore, IR-4 is important to US specialty crop growers.
Overall my work with IR-4 at MSU is providing the reliable and high quality residue data necessary for tolerance establishment with US EPA. All these studies are conducted under the demanding regulations of EPA’s Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) system. As can be seen from my CV, I have co-authored 100+ Analytical Summary Reports submitted to US EPA. For one example among many possible, mainly based on our many years’ work at MSU, in 2012 EPA has established a number of tolerances for residues of an insecticide, Bifenthrin in vegetables, fruits, sweet corn, nuts, tea, grasses, and other crops, totally 56 food crops and crop fractions, which allows their legal use in the US (40 CFR 180.442, September 4, 2012). In many cases without the IR-4 program such crops could not be grown economically.
Capacity Building Program of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service helps developing countries improve agricultural systems (such as minor use programs and regulatory systems) and enhances the international trade capacities. Many institutions in the US participate in the Capacity Building program. I have been on the mission of Capacity Building Program for past five years and have been providing the services for the pesticide laboratory GLP training in many countries. I have been the main trainer to pesticide laboratory trainings for Capacity Building studies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries and nearby countries (trainees are from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China, South Korea) and in Africa (Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania). I have been working closely with China to be on the team to foster cooperation and information exchange with intention of a reciprocal recognition of each other’s GLP programs and mutual acceptance of pesticide residue data.