Faculty

William Crepet

William Crepet is interested in developing departmental preeminence in basic plant biology at a time when progress in basic plant biology research is important to critical societal needs. His immediate goal has been to build strength in various facets of plant molecular biology including plant biochemistry with complementary strength in the area of plant systematics including theory and molecular systematics.

Peter Davies

Peter Davies' area of expertise is plant growth and development, with special reference to the role of hormones in growth and development, and the regulation of the senescence of whole plants. His current main interest is the advocacy of biotech (GMO) crops to the public and also exposing students to advances in biology that are of social importance.

Jerrold Davis

Jerrold Davis' principal area of interest is systematic biology, and within this area, my research is focused on systematics of the grass family (Poaceae) and other monocots. He is engaged in studies of phylogenetic relationships within the grass family (Poaceae) and across monocots as a whole, using molecular, genomic, and morphological character sets.

Jeff J. Doyle

Jeff Doyle's training is as a plant systematist, studying the evolutionary relationships of flowering plants. Beginning with his doctoral work he has been interested in genome duplication, and his work in this area involves comparative genomics of polyploid species. Most of this work involves the large and economically important legume family ("beans"), where projects include studies addressing the origin of nodulation (symbiotic nitrogen fixation) and the study of gene families involved in cell wall synthesis, aimed at developing alfalfa (a polyploid) as a biofuels crop, particularly soybean and its wild relatives.

Maureen Hanson

Dr. Hanson has two different research programs, related through their dependence on modern methods for examining genome sequences and gene expression. Her research in plant biology has always focused on the genome-containing organelles of plants, chloroplasts and mitochondria.  Her second research program concerns the pathophysiology of the human illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. 

Jian Hua

Jian Hua

Associate Professor

Plants monitor and respond to their environment constantly, which is essential for their viability and fitness. The ultimate goal of Jian Hua's research is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which plants perceive environmental signals and integrate signals to regulate their growth and development.

Georg Jander

Georg Jander

Georg Jander

Adjunct Associate Professor

The Jander Lab uses genetic and biochemical approaches to study plant-insect interactions and plant amino acid metabolism. We employ the small crucifer Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) as a model system for most of our research.

Leon Kochian

Leon Kochian

Courtesy Professor

Leon Kochian's research program focuses on the molecular physiology of plant mineral nutrition with a particular focus on plant responses to abiotic stresses in the soil.

Melissa Luckow

Melissa Luckow

Melissa Luckow

Associate Professor

Melissa Luckow's research focuses on speciation and phylogeny of flowering plants, particularly the legume family. She is currently working on several interrelated projects in the mimosoid legumes. Melissa is also producing monographic treatments of mimosoid genera, with descriptions and keys for identification.

Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch is a Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and of Plant Biology at Cornell University. She received her PhD from Cornell in 1990 and spent 5 years with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines before joining the Cornell faculty in 1995. Her research focuses on rice.

Karl Niklas

Karl Niklas is a plant evolutionist who uses physics, engineering, and mathematics to understand the relationship between plant form and function and how this relationship has evolved in consort with the physical environment over the course of Earth's history.

Kevin Nixon

Kevin Nixon has diverse research interests in the theory and practice of plant systematics. His taxonomic interests include higher level analysis of seed plant and angiosperm relationships, and relationships of Hamamamelid and Rosid ordinal and family relationships. Kevin works at the generic and species level within Fagaceae, and in particular in Quercus.

Thomas Owens

Thomas Owens

Thomas Owens

Associate Professor

Thomas Owens' overall goals at Cornell continue to be improving the pedogagy of instruction, particularly in large classroom environments. He continues to work on several aspects of the biology curriculum. Thomas Owens chairs several committees in the Office of Undergraduate Biology focused on teaching and research in the Biology major.

James Reveal

James Reveal

James Reveal

Adjunct Professor

James Reveal researches plant systematics from both an historical and a nomenclature perspective by concentrating on who, where and when plants were found in North America, and by compiling suprageneric names.

Eloy Rodriguez

Eloy Rodriguez has devoted his professional life to the chemical biology, ecology, and medicinal chemistry and toxicology of natural small molecules and glycoproteins from plants and arthropods that are important in ecological and biological interactions and human and animal health and medicine.

Adrienne Roeder

Adrienne Roeder

Adrienne Roeder

Assistant Professor

Adrienne Roeder is fascinated by how beautiful and complex patterns form during development. The patterning process generally requires that one cell adopts a different identity from its neighbor. Patterns are generally formed while the cells are growing and dividing, yet the coordination of cell division and growth with the process of patterning is only beginning to be understood.

Jocelyn Rose

The research interests of the Rose lab are centered on the structure, function and metabolism of plant cell walls and their pivotal roles in growth, development and interactions with pathogens. Additionally, cellulosic cell walls represent a central component of the biofuels industry, as well as providing the building blocks for a broad range of plant-derived products.

Michael Scanlon

Research in the Scanlon lab focuses on mechanisms of plant development and evolution of plant morphology. Utilizing comparative developmental genetics and functional genomics, he is especially interested in the processes whereby meristems make leaves and embryos make meristems. The lab exploits leaf and embryo mutants of maize, Arabidopsis, tomato, Selaginella, and the moss Physcomitrella as the foundation in comparative studies of these fundamental processes in plant development.

David Stern

David Stern

David Stern

Adjunct Professor

The underlying research themes in the Stern laboratory are chloroplast biology, bioenergy and nuclear-cytoplasmic interactions. Within this framework, they study how chloroplast genes and metabolic activities are regulated by the products of nuclear genes, usually acting at the transcriptional or post-transcriptional level. Areas of emphasis include the roles of ribonucleases and RNA-binding proteins and assembly of the carbon-fixing enzyme Rubisco.

Dennis Stevenson

Dennis Stevenson

Dennis Stevenson

Adjunct Professor

Dennis Stevenson's major research interests in the past few years have focused upon the evolution and classification of the Cycadales (cycads) and their placement in seed plant phylogeny. To this end he is conducting research on various facets of the biology of the Cycadales and Gnetales.

Robert Turgeon

Robert Turgeon conducts interdisciplinary research on the cell biology and physiology of phloem transport. Integral to these projects are studies of leaf development, the structure and function of plasmodesmata, and virus movement. Molecular, physiological, and anatomical techniques are employed in approximately equal measure.

Klaas van Wijk

Research in the van Wijk lab is focused on i) bundle sheath and mesophyll cell specific differentiation of chloroplasts in leaves of the C4 plant maize, and ii) in chloroplast biogenesis and protein homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana, with a particular focus on the Clp protease machinery. We use a multi-disciplinary approach, with emphasis on large scale comparative proteomics and mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and reverse genetics.

Randy Wayne

Randy Wayne

Randy Wayne

Associate Professor

Randy Wayne's research has focused on questioning the assumptions underlying the current quantum electrodynamic theories and orthodox interpretation of the photon. As a teacher, he has tried to pass on a deep and broad knowledge of biology, a love for biology and an ability to critically and ethically think about biological research and its consequences.