Primary tabs

Sushma Naithani

Associate Professor (Sr Res)
naithans [at]

Office: 541-737-8022

Cordley Hall

Cordley Hall 4619

2701 SW Campus Way

2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Naithani Lab

Area of Expertise: Systems biology, Genomics, Cell-cell signaling, Self-incompatibility, Mitochondria biogenesis, Photosynthesis, and Chloroplast biology, Plant pathway biocuration, and gene-gene network modeling

The current research focus of Naithani lab is on development of the system-level models of crops and model plants of evolutionary importance by utilizing publicly available genomic data to understand how genetic diversity and a plant's immediate environment relate to yield, stress tolerance and quality traits. We implement a variety of approaches rooted in biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics to dissect complex interactions between a plant’s genetic, metabolic, and signaling networks. The long-term goal is to develop models in a probabilistic framework that can assess the impacts of abiotic stresses on the yield and quality traits of crop plants.

  1. Species-specific Plant Metabolic Pathway databases
  2. Plant Reactome Knowledgebase
  3. Gramene

Lab website

Lab Members

Year Undergraduate students
2020-present Shayla Rao
2020 Callan Stowell (URSA Engage program, spring)
2019-2020 Daemon Aryck Dikeman (Honor’s Thesis)
2018-2019 Priya Garg
2014-2016 Christina M. Partipilo
2014 Kelsey M. Nadeau
2013-2014 Eli N. Waddell
2013 Kate Threlfall
2010-2011 Alnakhli, Ali
2009 Jimmy Hoang
2009 Tracy Nguyen


Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
Ag Botany / Plant Path
Courses Taught: 
  • 2012-present - CSS330 (World Food Crops), Guest Instructor
  • 2009-2020 - BOTANY 101 (Botany: A Human Concern)
  • 2009-2010 - BIOLOGY 314 (Cell and Molecular Biology)
Beyond OSU
Professional Accomplishments
Editor-in-Chief, Current Plant Biology

Ph.D., 1999, Lucknow University and National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India

My Awards
My Publications
My Media