Research Scientists

Andrea Zuccolo

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Plant comparative genomics, Bioinformatics, Transposable elements, Evolution, Genome sequencing, Genome assembly, Genome annotation

Haroon Butt

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Genome engineering, Directed evolution, RNA splicing

Juan C. Moreno

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Carotenoids, Apocarotenoids, Plant hormones, Photosynthesis, Receptors, Signaling Molecules, Beta carotene, Biomass, Yield

Maged Saad

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interests: Personalized Desert Agriculture, Microbial breeding, Biostimulants, Microbial genetic and bacterial evaluation, Plant microbiome, Function synthetic community (Fun SynCom).

Muhammad Jamil

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Plant physiology, Agronomy, Weed biology and Ecology, Plant signaling and parasite-interactions, Phytohormoes and Biostimulants

Naganand Rayapuram

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, Signal transduction, MAPK signaling, Plant stress biology, Transcriptional and Translational control, Proteomics, Phosphoproteomics, SWATH-MS, Post-translational modifications of proteins, Proteogenomics

Ryan Lefers

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Food/water/energy nexus, Controlled environment agriculture, Saltwater-based agriculture, Aquaponics, Horticulture lighting, Circular agriculture system

Vanessa Melino

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Plant Physiology, Plant nutrition, Salinity tolerance, Root architecture, Ion transport, nitrogen use efficiency

Zahir Ali

Research Scientist

Research Interests: CRISPR/Cas system, Plant Genome Engineering, Virus resistance, Synthetic Biology