Chris Topp, Ph.D.

Chris’s current research interests are subterranean phenotyping and characterizing the environmental and genetic factors that condition root growth. As a postdoctoral scholar, he led the development of a high-throughput 3D root imaging and analysis pipeline, and applied it to map regions of the rice genome controlling root architecture. Long-term, he aims to understand how genotype directs phenotype for agriculturally important traits.


Principal Investigator
Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of Georgia in 2009
B.S. in Genetics, University of Georgia in 2001
USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013), Fanning Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence (2009), UGA Graduate School, Doctoral Completion Assistantship, UGA Graduate School (2008)



CURRENT LAB MEMBERS                                                                                              

Adam Bray
Graduate Student
University of Missouri , Columbia - Division of Plant Sciences

Nathaneal Ellis

Postdoctoral Scholar

Eric Floro

Senior Technician

Ni Jiang

Postdoctoral Scholar

Benjamin Laws

Junior Technician

Zhengbin Liu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Marshall Wedger

Rotating Graduate Student -
Washington University, Saint Louis - Ecology, Evolution, Population Biology Program

Molly Wohl



FORMER LAB MEMBERS                                                                                                                    

Deborah Briese

Research Technician

Devynn Hummel

Undergraduate Summer Student
Now a Graduate Student at the University of Missouri, Columbia

Allison Moulton


Thomas Walk

Postdoctoral Scholar; 2014-2015
Now owner of Tropotech

Nathan Wolf

Undergraduate Summer Student