Hui was born and raised in Tai’an, Shandong Province in China. She loved planting flowers ever since she was a young girl. Her Master’s research investigated the genetic transformation of the grape at the Beijing Forestry University. In 2000, after completing her Masters of Science degree, she began to work at the Beijing Institute of Landscape Architecture. She is currently a Senior Scientist and focuses on the breeding of roses for disease resistance, cold tolerance, and superior horticultural traits. Her team has released 7 rose cultivars which are suitable for the Beijing landscape.
While with the Texas A&M University Rose Breeding and Genetics program (December 2017-December 2018), Hui worked on two projects. In the field she documented how six diverse rose cultivars produce flowers with respect to the number and sequence of flowers produced on the primary, secondary, and tertiary flowering shoots throughout the growing season. This is the first step in understanding the flowering behavior of the rose that will facilitate the development of new rose cultivars with more consistent flowering throughout the season. In her second project, she assessed the genetic diversity and relationships of rose germplasm by using SSR molecular markers. The rose germplasm being examined includes a range of China roses, their derivatives, and the Ralph Moore roses.
In the future, Hui hopes she can enhance the speed and efficiency of rose breeding program by using molecular breeding tools to develop more perfect rose cultivars.