Sushma Naithani

Associate Professor Senior Research
naithans [at]

Office: 541-737-8022

Research Way Laboratory Building

Research Way Laboratory Building 2184

Research Way Laboratory Building 4575 SW Research Way

Research Way Laboratory Building
4575 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333

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
My Publications