Our planet Earth is home to estimated 350,000 plant species. There is enormous chemical diversity in these plant species, which mainly comes from specialized metabolites selected throughout the course of evolution. Plant specialized metabolism has been harnessed for various purposes including food/agriculture, traditional and modern medicine out of many others. We are interested in investigating diverse natives of Florida and also other species for plant specialized metabolites of agricultural and pharmaceutical value in order to understand the chemical diversity and decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying these useful compounds by employing multi-disciplinary approaches such as mass spectrometry, RNA-seq, gene discovery, functional genomics including gene-editing approaches.
Dr. Satya Swathi Nadakuduti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. Dr. Nadakuduti received her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan State University. Her lab is interested in studying plants specialized metabolism in order to understand the chemical diversity, identify compounds that have pharmaceutical value, their potential for health benefits and applications in agriculture. Her research program integrates multi-disciplinary approaches such as biochemistry, genomics, gene discovery and functional characterization to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis of these compounds. Her group is also interested in targeted genome modifications using gene-editing technology such as CRISPR/Cas9 for agriculture crop improvement, as functional genomics tool and to understand genome-wide off-target affects caused by gene-editing reagents. Her group is interested in micropropagation and implementing gene-editing in medicinally relevant plant species.
Larissa was invited to speak as an Alumni for the Annual Scholar Career Coaching Luncheon.
Hearty congratulations to Blake Costine, first graduate student in the lab who successfully defended his Master’s thesis in June 2022. He is also embarking on a new journey as Horticulture scientist at Kennedy Space center where he will work in collaboration with NASA to support plant production in controlled environments for space exploration missions. We wish him good luck!!
Larissa received award as runner-up for “Best Presentation” at Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology 2022 Symposium for her presentation titled “Mitragyna speciosa : Back to the future of medicinal natural products”
Hearty congratulations to Megan, undergraduate student in the lab, for getting selected in the “University Scholars Program” 2022 at the University of Florida. Megan will be studying the impact of temperature stress on fatty acid profiles of camelina sativa seed oil.
Welcome to Brooke Hall, a freshman from biology major (CLAS) joins our lab.
Hearty congratulations to Trisha, undergraduate student in the lab, for getting selected in “Cornell AgriTech's Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology” Summer Research Scholars Program for Summer 2022. Trisha will be studying the molecular mechanisms of virus-host interactions with Grapevine Fanleaf virus and host plant Nicotiana benthamiana.