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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