Mohsen Mohammadi, PhD

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_8609-768x1024.jpgDr. Mohsen Mohammadi's training involved field-based and genome-wide prediction based plant breeding. He completed a PhD degree in plant molecular biology of drought response in wheat root, where he identified novel dehydration responsive genes in wheat roots using global transcriptional profiling. At Purdue Agronomy, his role is to provide a learning environment for genetics, quantitative genetics, and plant breeding. His research involves genetics of (and breeding for) root and yield-related traits. In particular, Dr. Mohammadi uses genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and large-scale -omics approaches to identify candidate genes with implications in root development and yield formation in wheat.

Portrait of Rupesh GairRupesh Gaire, PhD Candidate

Rupesh completed his BSc in Agriculture at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He continued his education at the University of Georgia, US towards a Master's degree in plant breeding and genetics, where he studied genomics and natural allelic variation of genes involved in flowering time and plant architecture in blueberry. His research at Purdue aims to implement and advance genome-wide predictive approaches for grain yield and Fusarium head blight resistance. Rupesh is in charge of developing phenotypic and genotypic data for the Purdue Panel (a set of 400 soft red winter wheat lives developed at Purdue since 1980s).

Xiaoqin in the labDr. Xiaoqin Liu, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Xiaoqin Liu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. Xiaoqin graduated from Nanjing Agricultural University. During PhD, Xiaoqin investigated nitrate transport accessory protein gene OsNAR2.1 and its interaction with OsNRT2 members. Xiaoqin continued her professional development via a postdoctoral appointment in Peking University and investigated the cross-talk between light and hormone in Arabidopsis, where, she developed molecular biology understanding as how environmental cues (e.g. light, mechanical pressure) integrate with the action of endogenous signals (e.g. hormones) in regulating plant growth and development. At Purdue, Xiaoqin leads a wheat CRISPR project for yield improvement.


Blake looking at wheat root in greenhouseBlake Russell, PhD Candidate

Blake is a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana Wesleyan University where he was involved in Dr. Miller’s plant biology lab and a member of the men’s golf team. Blake’s research aims at a) characterizing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and b) studying traits that contribute to yield potential in soft red winter wheat germplasm. He uses yield trials in contrasting nitrogen environments to characterize NUE traits. He also uses the US elite panel (USEP) to identify genotype-phenotype relationship for yield-related traits. Besides his research responsibilities, Blake is one of the two teaching assistants for AGRY 320 "Undergraduate Genetics" in fall 2018.

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Savannah Beyer, Graduate Student

Savannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Genetics. During that time, she worked at the USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit on the genetics of barley to improve malt quality. She served for two semesters as a graduate teaching assistant for Agronomy 320 Genetics in the Agronomy Department at Purdue University. Savannah's graduate research involves mapping loci controlling root traits in the wheat seedling. After publishing her GWAS results in the Journal of Functional and Integrative Genomics, Savannah is pursuing one of the candidate genes (a domain of unknown function gene) by functional genomics studies.

Former lab members

Sintayehu Daba (postdoc) Sept 2015 - June 2019

Prabin Bajgain (postdoc) December 2015 - April 2017

Mina Rostamza (postdoc) February 2016 - August 2016

Seth Tolley (MSc student) May 2017 - August 2019

Yerzhan Kassymbekov (MSc student) August 2016- August 2018

Robert Shrote (Undergraduate trainee for ~3 years) 2016 - 2019

Lamia Aouini, (postdoc) Nov 2018 - Nov 2019 

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