1. Staff

Functional Genomics Laboratory

The Functional Genomics Laboratory explores how plants obtain and use nitrogen for growth, with emphasis on symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes and organ senescence and nitrogen remobilization for reuse in grasses and legumes. In addition to trying to increase nitrogen fixation in legumes and nitrogen use efficiency in plants generally, we aim to develop effective nitrogen-fixing symbioses in nonlegumes as part of our overall goal of reducing the reliance of agriculture on fertilizer nitrogen. Separately, the group is studying the mechanistic bases of plant tolerance to abiotic stress with a view to develop plants that are more resilient and productive under stressful field conditions. Our work contributes to the overall mission of the Noble Research Institute to develop more sustainable and productive agricultural systems.

James Beasley
James Beasley

Research Technician-PT

Functional Genomics

Na Ding, Ph.D.
Na Ding, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi/Scheible DOE UC Berkel

Maira Espinoza
Maira Espinoza

Research Assistant 1 - FTT

Udvardi NSF Medicago II

Raul Huertas Ruz, Ph.D.
Raul Huertas Ruz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Functional Genomics

Erica Judd
Erica Judd

Research Associate 1 - FTT

Udvardi DOE CBI

Yun Kang, Ph.D.
Yun Kang, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Research Overhead

Lia Kouri Tounta, Ph.D.
Lia Kouri Tounta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi DOE CBI

Rita Leavitt
Rita Leavitt

Research Associate/Project Coordinator

Udvardi NSF PlaNNet

Wei Liu, Ph.D.
Wei Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF Genomics

Kashif Mahmood
Kashif Mahmood

Postdoctoral Fellow

Functional Genomics

Barbara Nova Franco, Ph.D.
Barbara Nova Franco, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Functional Genomics

Sonali Roy, Ph.D.
Sonali Roy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF Peptides

Ivone Torres-Jerez
Ivone Torres-Jerez

Senior Research Associate 1

Functional Genomics