Qiuyi Fu was born and raised in Hangzhou, a city located in eastern China. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development with a minor in Horticultural Science at Texas A&M. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to take horticulture science classes which influenced her decision to add a minor in horticulture science and pursue a Master of Science degree in the Horticulture Science department.
Qiuyi began working in Dr. Oscar Riera-Lizarazu’s lab in the summer of 2019 as an undergraduate student which exposed her to the rose breeding and genetics program. The following year, she was admitted into the graduate school at Texas A&M and continued her studies in the rose breeding program. In October 2022, Qiuyi defended her thesis entitled “Marker-Assisted Identification of Rose Germplasm Carrying the Black Spot Resistance Gene Rdr1A to Assess its Effectiveness.”