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Faculty

    • Professor
    Horticulture
    Dr. Rajeev Arora's research is focused on plant hardiness, with crop hardiness in winter being his main focus.
    • Professor
    • Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology
    Genetics Development and Cell Biology
    Dr. Diane Bassham's research interests focus on understanding the biogenesis and functions of the plant vacuole.
    • Professor
    Plant Pathology
    Dr. Thomas Baum's research focuses on the compatible interaction between cyst nematodes and their hosts. Dr. Baum's is particularly interested in characterizing the changes in soybean and nematode gene expression during the different phases of parasitism.
    • Professor
    Agronomy
    Dr. Philip Becraft's main research focus is the regulation of plant growth and development, particularly that of maize endosperm development. One of the focuses of Dr. Becraft's research is the interaction between biomass yield and growth-regulating hormones.
    • Professor
    Agronomy
    Dr. Madan Bhattacharyya teaches the Plant Genetics course (Agron 527) for graduate students. His main focus of research is soybean sudden death syndrome, though he is also interested in other plant-pathogen interactions.
    • Professor
    Horticulture
    Dr. Nick Christians' area of research interest is in the development of naturally-occurring herbicides for the turf industry. He also conducts research on reducing the pesticide and fertilizer input for the management of quality turf in the golf, lawn-care, and sports-turf industries.
    • Associate Professor
    Horticulture
    Dr. Shui-zhang Fei's research is mainly focused on crop hardiness, such as stress responses of crops and the impact of cold weather on crops.
    • Professor
    Horticulture
    Dr. David Hannapel's research focus is on developmental biology with a focus on the role of transcription factors in regulating growth. The Hannapel lab is currently investigating the mechanisms that regulate long-distance movement of full-length mRNAs in plants. Emphasis is on the identification of RNA-binding proteins that regulate RNA stability, movement, and translation repression.
    • Assistant Professor
    Agronomy
    Dr. Emily Heaton is an Assistant Professor of Agronomy focusing on biomass crop production and physiology at Iowa State University. Dr. Heaton focuses on best management practices for perennial energy crops and the reciprocal relationship of crop and environment.
    • Professor
    Genetics Development and Cell Biology
    The lab conducts research on plant gene regulation and plant responses to climate change
    • Assistant Professor
    Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology
    Dr. Matthew Hufford's research involves the adaptation of crops to various climates. Dr. Hufford is interested in examining adaptations of domesticated crops as compared to their wild relatives.
    • Assistant Professor
    Genetics Development & Cell Biology
    Our lab studies auxin regulated plant growth and development in maize and Arabidopsis using genetic and genomic approaches.
    • Professor
    • Director of Graduate Education, Plant Biology Graduate Program
    Biochemistry Biophysics & Molec Biology
    Molecular bases of plant-insect interactions
    Plant RNA biology
    • Professor
    Biochemistry Biophysics & Molec Biology
    Biosynthesis and physiological functions of plant natural products, particularly labdane-related diterpenoids, including gibberellin phytohormones
    • C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor
    • Iowa Corn Endowed Chair in Genetics
    • Director, Plant Sciences Institute
    • Director, Center for Plant Genetics
    • Baker Scholar of Agricultural Entrepreneurship
    Agronomy
    Genetics, Phenomics, Bioinformics
    • Professor
    • Associate Chair - Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics
    Genetics Development & Cell Biology
    Plant developmental biology, Shoot architecture, Functional genomics, Transposable elements
    • Professor
    Agronomy
    Explore and develop novel technologies for plant genetic transformation and genome editing; study under-investigated plant species for basic and applied purposes; investigate the functional roles of Agrobacterium non-coding RNAs.
    • Professor
    • Department Chair
    Genetics Development & Cell Biology
    We use genetics, genomics, computational modeling, phenomics as well as molecular and biochemical approaches to study the regulation of plant growth and drought stress responses by steroid hormone Brassinosteroids (BRs).
    • Professor
    • Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding
    Agronomy
    The focus of Yu’s program is to address significant questions in plant breeding by combining cutting-edge genomic technologies and quantitative genetics theories.
    • Professor
    Biochemistry Biophysics & Molec Biology
    Mechanisms of cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis and functional organization of glycosyltransferase complexes in Golgi. Polysaccharide compositional dynamics and cell wall-mediated stress responses.

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