Professor; Director, Graduate Program
Phone: 732-932-9711, ext. 302
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1991
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Water Relations and Gas Exchange, Carbohydrate Metabolism, Antioxidant Metabolism, Hormonal Regulation, Protein Identification, Gene Identification, Genetic Transformation.
Plant Physiology, Turfgrass Stress Physiology.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, International Turfgrass Society, American Society of Plant Physiologist, American Society of Horticultural Science, New Jersey Golf Course Superintendent Association; Editor, Plant Root, Japanese Society for Root Research, 2006-present; Editorial Advisory Panel and Coountry Editor, Journal of Applied Horticulture, Advancement of Horticulture, 2004-present.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation of China: "Idenfitication of genes and molecular markers associated with drought tolerance in bermudagrass," 2007-2010; Co-Principal Invesitgator, Norwegian Research Council, "Velvet Green: winter hardiness and management of velvet bentgrass on putting greens in Northern environments," 2006-2009; Research Excellence and Impact Award, School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University, 2007.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research program focuses on understanding mechanisms of turfgrass tolerance to environmental stresses, with emphasis on heat and drought stress, at whole-plant, cellular, and molecular levels.