Dr. Kai-Shu Ling is a Research Plant Pathologist (virology) at the United States Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, SC, USA since 2004. Dr. Ling received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology (Virology) from Cornell University in 1995. As a Research Plant Pathologist in USDA-ARS, he built his research program in focusing on emerging viral diseases of vegetable crops. He leads a productive research program in disease diagnosis, virus detection, characterization and management of those emerging viral diseases, including cucumber green mottle mosaic virus on cucurbits and tomato brown rugose fruit virus on tomato. Dr. Ling has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and served as a mentor for a number of international visiting scholars, postdoctoral research associates and college students over the years.