Nathan Maren

PostDoc- Liu Lab

Professional Bio

My professional career began in the private sector, working at Bailey Nurseries in multiple positions, including propagation, production, plant health, and plant breeding. These foundations in applied horticulture were an excellent launchpad for graduate experiences in tissue culture, somatic fusion, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and plant breeding. Each experience has helped build the valuable skill sets necessary to lead a modern nursery/landscape crop research and breeding program. My experience with in-vitro plant culture and plant propagation enables the development of new artificial hybrids beyond what is tenable with traditional sexual crosses. My Ph.D. research spans molecular genetics, genomics, and crop improvement and will facilitate the future development of new crops by integrating the realms of traditional hybridization and bioengineering innovations. As a seasoned plant breeder with both industry and academic experience, I am excited to work with industry colleagues and the plant breeding community alike. My current research projects and interests include infrastructure farm development of JC Raulston Arboretum Horticulture Research Farm for modern nursery/landscape crop research, plant tissue culture-based regeneration biotechnology, bioengineering pipeline development, and transgene-free gene editing for nursery/landscape crops.


  • Ph.D. Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University 2020
  • MS Forestry and Horticulture, North Dakota State University 2016
  • BS Environmental Horticulture, University of Minnesota 2005

Area(s) of Expertise

Nursery/Landscape and Bioenergy Crop Improvement, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Production


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Nathan Maren