Associated Research

Plant Genetics Research

 

Translational Genomics

Translational Genomics aims to bridge the gap between basic and applied research by moving recent foundational discoveries made in model organisms to crops with the goal to improve disease and stress resistance, nutritional quality, yield, and other agriculturally important traits. Research programs in Translational Genomics at NC State leverage modern genetics, genomics, biotechnology, and other cutting-edge research technologies to advance basic plant sciences and enable the transfer of innovations to the fields of horticulture, crop science, and forestry.

We focus on the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying agronomic traits, optimize select traits of interest by employing state-of-the-art genetic engineering and gene editing tools, and invest in the development of novel methods and biotechnologies. We strive to develop efficient crop improvement pipelines that decrease the cost and reduce the time from the initial discovery in a lab to practical applications in a growers’ field.

  • Plant Interaction Genetics
  • Quality and Nutrition Genetics
  • Reproductive Biology Genetics
  • Plant Environmental Genetics

 

Translational Geneticist

Jose Alonso

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

919-515-5729

Ralph Dewey

Philip Morris Professor

919-515-2705

Wusheng Liu

Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering; Assistant Professor

Heike Sederoff

Professor

919-513-0076

AS

Anna Stepanova

Associate Professor

919-515-5729


Plant Transformation

The Plant Transformation Laboratory (PTL) in NC State provides solutions for the production of transgenics for basic and applied research. PTL combines new technological accomplishments with our existing protocols for faster and more efficient transformation methods for our customers. We provide services to genomics, biochemistry, physiology, food science/processing, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, and entomology to allow researchers from all disciplines to have their genes of interest transferred and tested in the appropriate species/cultivars. A functional plant transformation laboratory should benefit nearly all phases of the agriculture industry in North Carolina.

Working with leading researchers and technologies to provide solutions in gene editing, genetic transformation, and plant tissue culture. PTL refines old methodologies and develops new ones to advance efficient plant transformation and regeneration techniques for various plant species. Presently, we are interested in developing a universal plant tissue culture transformation methodology covering major crop species and understanding the role of plant stem cell function and regulation during plant regeneration and transformation.

Plant Transformation Researchers

Kedong Da

Director of Plant Transformation Lab


 

Statistical Genetics

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Statistical Geneticist

Alison Motsinger-Reif

Asst Professor

919-515-3574

Jeffrey Thorne

Professor of Genetics and Statistics

919-515-1946

Shaobang Zeng

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

919-515-1942


 

Bioinformatics

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Bioinformatics Researchers

Dahlia Nielsen

Associate Professor

919-515-2586

Fred Wright

Professor

919-515-9060


Phenomics

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Phenomics Researchers

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Chris Reberg-Horton

Assistant Professor

919-515-7597