Meet The Team
Lab manager, research technician, and building liaison.
BS: Meredith College
Carol, more than anyone else, keeps the lab running smoothly.
Dr. Jianli Lu
BS and MS: Agricultural University of Hebei, China
PhD: North Carolina State University
Jianli spearheads projects designed to reduce the levels of carcinogenic TSNAs in tobacco
Dr. Devarshi Selote
Postdoctoral Research Associate
BS: DAVV, Indore, and Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India
MS and PhD: Nagpur University, India
Dev's projects involve the application of genome editing and transformation technologies to introduce harm reduction traits into tobacco.
Dr. Xiaoyan Sheng
BS: University of Guangxi, China
MS: Agricultural University of Hunan, China
MS: University of Saskatchewan, Canada
PhD: Virginia Tech
Xiaoyan's projects mainly focus on development of Cis-genic tobacco plants that are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus through protoplast transformation.
Niharika N Chandrakanth
BE: BVB College of Engg and Tech, India
MS: North Carolin State University
Niharika's project aims at maximizing alkaloid levels in Nicotiana tabacum.