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Nina Bassuk Nina Bassuk

Horticulture
Urban trees and soils. Developing techniques to improve plant growth in cities.

Thomas Björkman Thomas Björkman

Horticulture
I study two main biological questions. How does temperature regulate reproductive development in the massive inflorescence of broccoli? How do cover crops’ roots alter the rhizosphere to improve soil health and improve the sustainability of vegetable production?

Bernd Blossey Bernd Blossey

Natural Resources
impact of invasive plants on native flora and fauna, biological control of non-indigenous plant species in natural areas, plant-insect interactions, and invasion and conservation biology

Edward Buckler Edward Buckler

Plant Breeding and Genetics, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
The Buckler Lab uses the natural genetic variation of crops to dissect complex traits, accelerate breeding, and address environmental impact of agriculture.

Clare Casteel

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The primary research goal of the Casteel lab is to identify the functions of microbes in plant-insect interactions and elucidate the key molecular mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

Carmen Catala Carmen Catala

School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology
Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying fruit set and development. Fruit development is a crucial process in the sexual reproduction of flowering plants and of critical importance for seed dispersal, plant fitness and agricultural yield.

Joyce G. Chery

Plant Biology
The Chery lab is broadly interested in understanding the evolution of development of plant movement from the perspective of plant vasculature architecture.

Antonio DiTommaso Antonio DiTommaso

Crop and Soil Sciences
Weed biology/ecology and population dynamics, weed seed biology, biological weed control using pathogens and insects, biology of invasive weeds in cropland and natural areas, integrated weed management, restoration ecology.

Jeff Doyle Jeff Doyle

Plant Biology / Plant Breeding and Genetics
Comparative genomics, molecular systematics, and evolution. Much research in the lab focuses on polyploidy (whole genome duplication), with studies ranging from identifying origins of polyploids to understanding the physiological, ecological, genetic, and genomic consequences of polyploidy.

Laurie Drinkwater Laurie Drinkwater

Horticulture
Biological soil processes in intensive annual cropping systems, emphasizing mechanisms that control soil organic matter dynamics, interactions between soil biology and soil structure and biologically-driven nutrient cycling.

Margaret Frank Margaret Frank

Plant Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science
The Frank Lab studies plant grafting biology of plant grafting. Although grafting has been used as a tool to improve plant performance for over 2,000 years, there are many open questions about what makes particular graft combinations successful, how graft junctions are formed, and what moves between grafted organ systems.

Susheng Gan Susheng Gan

Horticulture
My research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. This research has implications on the yields of certain crops and their storage after harvest.

Maria A Gandolfo Maria A Gandolfo

Plant Biology
I am interested in all aspects of Paleobotany and Plant Anatomy and Morphology. My research emphasis is on plant evolution and development, origin of angiosperms, Cretaceous and Tertiary floras and paleoclimate of North and South America and Antarctica.

James Giovannoni James Giovannoni

Plant Biology
Molecular and genetic analysis of fruit ripening and related signal transduction systems

Michael Gore Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule.

Stewart Gray Stewart Gray

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
My research program focuses on understanding the relationships between plant viruses and their insect vectors. Specifically we work on luteoviruses and their aphid vectors. Research projects range from the mechanisms of aphid-virus interactions to epidemiology and disease management strategies.

Phillip Griffiths Phillip Griffiths

Horticulture
Vegetable breeding and genetics, international horticulture, niche-market crops

Rayko Halitschke Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod.

Maureen Hanson Maureen Hanson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our lab has a diversity of projects in plant biology and biomedical sciences. We study photosynthesis and RNA editing in plants as well as the molecular basis of a disease using white blood cells and plasma from subjects. See both hansonlab.org and neuroimmune.cornell.edu

Maria Harrison Maria Harrison

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Molecular, genetic, genomic and cellular analyses of endosymbiotic associations of plants and fungi, exocytosis and membrane trafficking in plant cells, symbiotic phosphate and nitrogen transporters, phosphate sensors and phosphate sensing, hormone signaling in symbiosis, transcriptional regulation of symbiotic gene expression, microbial interac

Jian Hua Jian Hua

Plant Biology
Molecular genetic mechanisms of environmental adaptation in plants.

Georg Jander Georg Jander

Plant Biology
The Jander lab investigates genetic and biochemical mechanisms that mediate plant interactions with insect herbivores. This includes not only the identification of novel defense-related plant metabolites, but also characterization of the genes and enzymes that are involved in their biosynthesis.

Fay-Wei Li Fay-Wei Li

Boyce Thompson Institute
The Li lab uses genomic tools to investigate the evolution and biology of seed-free plants: ferns, fern allies, and bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts). We are particularly interested in their symbioses with N2-fixing cyanobacteria, which provide plants with their own source of nitrogen fertilizer.

Melissa Luckow Melissa Luckow

Plant Biology
Phylogeny of flowering plants; legume systematics; cultivated-plant families

Greg Martin Greg martin

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The Martin laboratory studies the molecular basis of bacterial infection processes and the plant immune system. The research focuses on speck disease which is caused by the infection of tomato leaves with the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato.

Susan McCouch Susan McCouch

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Development and application of high-resolution molecular mapping strategies for rice; comparative grass genome analysis; isolation of agriculturally important genes

Bill Miller Bill Miller

Horticulture
We have a variety of projects ranging from practical "near market" research involving greenhouse crop production problems to laboratory-based programs involving carbohydrate metabolism, respiration, ethylene and flower senescence, etc.

Charles Mohler Charles Mohler

Crop and Soil Sciences
My research focuses on the ecology of agricultural weeds and application of an understanding of weed biology to weed management in organic cropping systems.

Lukas Mueller Lukas Mueller

June Nasrallah June Nasrallah

Plant Biology
CePlant reproduction, Self-incompatibility, Receptor-ligand interactions, Cell-cell signalingll-Cell Interactions in Plants

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