Meet The Team

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Carol Griffin

Lab manager, research technician, and building liaison. 

cgriffin@ncsu.edu

 

BS: Meredith College 

 

Carol, more than anyone else, keeps the lab running smoothly.

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Dr. Jianli Lu

Research Associate

jlu6@ncsu.edu

 

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

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Will Smith

Research Technician

wasmith2@ncsu.edu

 

BS: North Carolina State University 

 

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Dr. Devarshi Selote

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

dselote@ncsu.edu

 

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.

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Dr. Xiaoyan Sheng

Research Technician

Xsheng3@ncsu.edu

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.

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Niharika N Chandrakanth

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Graduate Student

nnonavi@ncsu.edu

BE: BVB College of Engg and Tech, India 
MS: North Carolin State University

 

Niharika's project aims at maximizing alkaloid levels in Nicotiana tabacum.