Mohsen  Mohammadi

Mohsen Mohammadi Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Agronomy
Small Grains Breeding and Quantitative Genetics

Dr. 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.


Nirman Nepal

Nirman Nepal Ph.D.

Dr. Nirman Nepal is interested in combining art and science of biotechnology to develop transformation techniques for recalcitrant species.
Fariba Rafiei

Fariba Rafiei Ph.D.

Dr. Fariba Rafiei, with background in biotechnology and drug delivery, is interested to transform recalcitrant species by combination of nano and biotechnology techniques.
Binod Gyawali

Binod Gyawali (Ph.D. Student)

Binod Gyawali is interested to use dsRNA tools to induce gene silencing in wheat-Fusarium interaction.
Maliheh Shaltouki

Maliheh Shaltouki (Ph.D. Student)

Maliheh Shaltouki is interested to map loci that control root size in wheat and also develop germplasm with enhanced roots.
Niels Steigenga

Niels Steigenga (Ph.D. Student)

Niels Steigenga is pursuing a career in Plant Breeding R&D for a sustainable future. After earning a MSc degree at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in 2021, he became a graduate student at the Department of Agronomy in 2022. These are major milestones in his life, and he is looking forward to what comes next.

Inspiration: Norman E. Borlaug and Nikolai I. Vavilov. Former Education: MSc Plant Biotechnology, Specialisation Plant Breeding and Pathology, at WUR.

Former lab members

  • Dr. Rupesh Gaire (former PhD student); 2016-2020; currently a postdoc with University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Blake Russell (former PhD student); 2016-2020; currently a corn breeder with Beck Ag
  • Dr. Sintayehu Daba (former postdoc), 2015-2019; currently a scientist with USDA-ARS in Washington State
  • Seth Tolley (former MSc student), 2017-2019; currently a PhD student at Purdue Agronomy
  • Robert Shrote (for undergraduate researcher), 2016-2019; currently a PhD student at Michigan State University