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4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nina Fedoroff

Director, Center for Desert Agriculture
Distinguished Professor, Bioscience

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, 1972

B.S., Biology and Chemistry, summa cum laude, Syracuse University, 1966

Research Interests

Professor Fedoroff’s research interests include the molecular mechanisms of microRNA precursor processing, genetic and epigenetic regulation of transposon activity. Other research interests include novel approaches to genetic modification of plants, biological approaches, including the use of transgenics to insect pest control. Also, the genetic modification of crop plants to increase heat and salt tolerance, the domestication of halophytes, and various aspects of the design and improvement of integrated agriculture and aquaculture.

Selected Publications

  • Lezon, T., Banavar, J. R., Cieplak, M., Maritan, A., and Fedoroff, N. (2006). Using entropy maximization to infer genetic interaction networks from gene expression patterns. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103:19033-19038.
  • Wang, S., Assmann, S. M., and Fedoroff, N. V. (2008). Characterization of the Arabidopsis heterotrimeric G protein. J. Biol. Chem. 283: 13913-22.
  • Song, L., Axtell, M. J. and Fedoroff, N. V. (2010) Secondary structural determinants of MIRNA precursor processing in Arabidopsis. Cur. Biol. 20: 37-41.
  • Fedoroff, N., Battisti, D. S., Beachy, R. N., Cooper, P. J. M., Fischhoff, D. A., Hodges, C. N., Knauf, V. C., Lobell, D., Mazur, B. J., Molden, D., Reynolds, M. P., Ronald, P. C., Rosegrant, M. W., Sanchez, P. A., Vonshak, A., and Zhu, J. K. (2010). Radically rethinking agriculture for the 21st century. Science 327: 833-4.
  • Liu, C., Axtell, M. J. and Fedoroff, N. V. (2012). The helicase and RNaseIIIa domains of Arabidopsis DCL1 modulate catalytic parameters during microRNA biogenesis. Plant Physiol 159: 748-58.