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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.

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Dr. Swathi Nadakuduti

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.


November 2023

  • Congratulations to Amanda, Larissa, Megan and Ashkon, a high school student trainee in the lab, for the recent publication!

July 2023

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  • Dr. Nadakuduti and PhD student in the lab, Larissa attended the 2023 Phytochemical Society of North America Annual Meeting. Larissa won a travel award and presented her research at the meeting.

chair of PSNA session

  • Dr. Nadakuduti chaired a session on “Chemistry, food security and nutrition” in the 2023 Phytochemical Society of North America Annual Meeting.

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  • High school student Ashkon Shirazi supported by The Student Science Training Program, participated in Nadakuduti lab research, and presented a poster in the research symposium organized by Center for Precollegiate Education and Training at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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