Nina Fedoroff

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Bioscience

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Desert Agriculture


Education Profile

  • ​​​Ph.D., Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, U.S., 1972
  • B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Syracuse University, U.S., ​1966​

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • ​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.
  • Fedoroff, N. V. (2012). Transposable elements, epigenetics, and genome evolution. Science 388: 758-767.
  • Fedoroff, N. (2013). Plant Transposons and Genome Dynamics in Evolution. (Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ)
  • Iwata, Y., Takahashi, M., Fedoroff, N., and Hamdan, S. (2013). Dissecting the interactions of SERRATE with RNA and DICER-LIKE 1 in Arabidopsis microRNA precursor processing. Nucleic Acids Res. 41:9129-40
  • Li L., Atef A., Piatek A., Ali Z., Piatek M., Aouida M., Sharakou A., Mahjoub A., Wang G., Khan S., Fedoroff N.V., Zhu J.K., and Mahfouz M. (2013). Characterization and DNA-binding specificities of Ralstonia TAL-like effectors. Mol Plant 6:1318-30.