Principal Investigators

Our principal investigators are leading cutting-edge research in plant biology and genetics to create solutions for food security and environmental challenges. Fueled by a passion for changing the world through plant science, their labs make critical discoveries and develop new technologies that propel the plant science community forward.

Leaders and Innovators


scientific teams with 110 funded projects


startup companies launched by faculty


members of the National Academy of Sciences

Featured Principal Investigator
James Umen, PhD
Areas of Research

Algae, Cell Cycle, Evolution of Multicellularity, Photosynthetic Growth Control, Evolution of Sex

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