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.

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi/Scheible DOE UC Berkel

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation

Lauren Jones
Lauren Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow

Associative Nitrogen Fixation

Erica Judd
Erica Judd

Research Associate 1 - FTT

Udvardi DOE CBI

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

Staff Scientist

Molecular Plant Physiology

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF/WSU Nitrogen

Venkatachalam Lakshmanan, Ph.D.
Venkatachalam Lakshmanan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi DOE CBI

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF Genomics

Kashif Mahmood
Kashif Mahmood

Postdoctoral Fellow

Delayed Senescence

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF Medicago II

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi NSF Peptides

Ivone Torres-Jerez
Ivone Torres-Jerez

Senior Research Associate 1

Delayed Senescence

Yong Qin Wang, Ph.D.
Yong Qin Wang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kang DOE CBI

Tezera Watira, Ph.D.
Tezera Watira, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Udvardi FG Sch 22 Alfalfa