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Natalia Dudareva


  • Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

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Area of Expertise:  Plant Molecular Biology

Selected Publications

Widhalm, J., & Dudareva, N. (2015). A familiar ring to it: Biosynthesis of plant benzoic acids. Mol. Plant, 8(83-97). Retrieved from

Muhlemann, J., Klempien, A., & Dudareva, N. (2014). Floral volatiles: from biosynthesis to function. Plant, Cell & Environ, 37, 1936-1949. Retrieved from;jsessionid=445AED1A470D605195A67DDF9BE1D68D.f03t02?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+will+be+disrupted+9th+Aug+from+10-2+BST+for+essential+maintenance.+Pay+Per+View+will+be+unavailable+from+10

Gutensohn, M., Nguyen, T. H., McMahon III, R., Kaplan, I., Pichersky, E., & Dudareva, N. (2014). Metabolic engineering of monoterpene biosynthesis in tomato fruits via introduction of the non-canonical substrate neryl diphosphate. Metab. Eng, 24, 107-116. Retrieved from

Dornfeld, C., Weisberg, A., Ritesh, K., Dudareva, N., Jelesko, J., & Maeda, H. (2014). Phylobiochemical characterization of class-Ib aspartate/prephenate aminotransferases reveals evolution of the plant arogenate phenylalanine pathway. Plant Cell, 26, 3101-3114. Retrieved from

Pan, H., Zhou, R., Louie, G., Muhlemann, J., Bomati, E., Bowman, M., . . . Wang, X. (2014). Structural studies of cinnamoyl-CoA reductase and cinnamyl-alcohol dehydrogenase, key enzymes of monolignol biosynthesis. Plant Cell, 26, 3709-3727. Retrieved from

Muhlemann, J., Woodworth, B., Morgan, J., & Dudareva, N. (2014). The monolignol pathway contributes to biosynthesis of volatile phenylpropenes in flowers. New Phytologist, 204, 661-670. Retrieved from

Block, A., Widhalm, J., Fatihi, A., Cahoon, R., Wamboldt, Y., Elowsky, C., . . . Basset, G. (2014). The origin and biosynthesis of the benzenoid moiety of ubiquinone (coenzyme Q) in plants. Plant Cell, 26, 1938-1948. Retrieved from

Coruzzi, G., Last, R., Dudareva, N., & Amrhein, N. (in press). Amino acids. In Biochemistry and molecular biology of plants.

Yoo, H., Widhalm, J., Qian, Y., Maeda, H., Cooper, B., Jannasch, A., . . . Dudareva, N. (2013). An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine: phenylpyruvate aminotransferase. Nat. Commun, 4, 2833 doi:10.1038/ncomms3833. Retrieved from

Doudareva, N., Klempien, A., Muhlemann, J., & Kaplan, I. (2013). Biosynthesis, function and metabolic engineering of plant volatile organic compounds. New Phytologist, 198, 16-32. Retrieved from

Awards & Honors

(2014) Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award. Sigma Xi.

(2011) Elected Chair for the Gordon Research Conference on Plant Metabolic Engineering 2011. Gordon Research Conference.

(2010) AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science.

(2010) Annual Millionaires Club Award, College of Agriculture. Purdue University, Indiana.

(2010) Distinguished Professor. Purdue University, Indiana.

(2006) The Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research. Purdue University.

(2006) University Faculty Scholar in the College of Agriculture. Purdue University.

(2005) Agriculture Research Award. Purdue University.

(2003) “Regulation of monoterpene emission in snapdragon flowers”. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

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