Molecular Plant Sciences Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Esther van der Knaap (EsthervanderKnaap@uga.edu) or by visiting the UGA Plant Center website.

Basic research in plant sciences helps meet the enormous challenge of securing food and health for a world population that has already reached 7 billions and is likely to grow to 9 billions by 2050. Research covers a wide range of research topics including the perception of light by plants, seed germination and plant development, mecanisms of resistance to diseases, plant-insect or plant-microbe interactions, metabolism of plant cells or epigenetic mechanisms.

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Magdy Alabady

Associate Research Faculty
Plant Biology

Genomics and computational biology of plant – microbiome interactions, RNA post-translation regulatory networks, and genome characterization

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Maor Bar-Peled

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity.

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Jessica Barb

Assistant Research Scientist
Plant Biology

Crop breeding and genetics.

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Jeff Bennetzen

Professor
Genetics; Bioinformatics

Plant genomics and genome evolution, transposable elements,
and regulatory gene evolution.

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C. Robin Buell

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Crop Genomics
Plant Biology, Bioinformatics

Plant genome biology with a focus on crops and medicinal plants; Synthetic biology; Evolution of natural product biosynthesis

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John Burke

Professor
Plant Biology

Evolutionary genetics; molecular evolution; genomics.

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Alan Darvill

Regents Professor, Director Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structures and functions of the noncellulosic polysaccharides of plant primary cell walls.

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Kelly Dawe

Distinguished Research Professor
Genetics; Plant Biology

Plant centromere and kinetochore structure and function.

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Katrien Devos

Distinguished Research Professor
Bioinformatics; Plant Biology

Crop genetics, comparative genomics and genome evolution.

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Lisa Donovan

Professor
Plant Biology

Plant evolutionary ecophysiology, adaptations to stress.

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Brian Kvitko

Assistant Professor
Microbiology

Molecular mechanisms of plant immune action and bacterial pathogen virulence in model and crop pathosystems. Tool/technique development for phytopathogenesis systems biology and translational research.

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Karl Lechtreck

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology

Cell Biology of Cilia; Cilia-related diseases, Intracellular Transport.

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Jim Leebens-Mack

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Phylogenetics, genetics of diversification including speciation; molecular basis of adaptation;
evolutionary genomics; evolution of plant reproduction; organismal and molecular coevolution.

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Wolfgang Lukowitz

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Fertilization, and early cell-fate decisions in plant embryos.

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Debra Mohnen

Professor
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Complex Carbohydrate Research
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Plant Biology

Biosynthesis and function of the plant cell wall polysaccharide pectin.
Anti-cancer effects of pectin.

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Brad Nelms

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology

Cell differentiation during plant reproduction, genomics and gene regulatory networks, single-cell RNA-sequencing, reprogramming cell fate

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Andrew Paterson

Regents Professor and Head, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory
Plant Biology; Genetics; Bioinformatics

My unit’s work addresses dimensions of plant genome biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, linking increased fundamental knowledge to improved human lives.

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Bob Schmitz

Professor
Genetics

Population epigenomics and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance.

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Dorset Trapnell

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology

Evolutionary biology and population genetics of natural plant populations, specifically evolutionary
factors that shape patterns of genetic variation and mechanisms for partitioning and maintaining species-wide diversity.

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C.J. Tsai

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Bioinformatics; Genetics; Plant Biology

Growth-defense tradeoff, phenylpropanoid metabolism and carbon allocation,
gene family evolution and functional diversification, alternative splicing and gene duplication.

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Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Structure and function of enzymes involved in plant polysaccharide biosynthesis and modification with the long term goal to develop pathway engineering or targeted genomics approaches for enhanced production of bio-materials, -products, and -fuels.

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Esther van der Knaap

Professor
Genetics; Plant Biology

The regulation of fruit shape and size of tomato and other Solanaceous crops

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Jason Wallace

Assistant Professor
Bioinformatics

Quantitative genetics, crop genomics, crop-microbiome interactions.

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William York

Professor Emertius
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structure, function, and assembly of plant cell walls; Bioinformatics for glycomics and glycobiology.

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Y. George Zheng

Professor
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Drug Development, Chemical Biology, Cancer Disease Mechanism, Epigenetics and Genetics, Histone Modifications, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Enzymology, and Biophysics.

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