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Email: [email protected]
Phone: (256) 327-9703
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD

Understanding the role of the rhizome in resource reallocation and perenniality

Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD, is a faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. She brings expertise in perennial grasses, phenotyping and applications of genomics for plant customization and modification to HudsonAlpha with particular interest in using genetics to understand the role of the rhizome in resource reallocation and perenniality in plants. Swaminathan came to HudsonAlpha in 2016 from the BP Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana where she managed the day to day research of the feedstock genomics group in the largest privately funded effort for bioenergy feedstock developing. While there, she was responsible for overseeing development of genomic resources for the bioenergy grass Miscanthus.

Swaminathan earned her BSc in chemistry, botany and zoology from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science in Bangalore, India, in 1994 and her MSc in life sciences from Pondicherry University in Ponducherry, India, in 1996. She received her PhD in biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, in 2005.

2005 PhD in Biology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1996 MSc in Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India

1994 BSc in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore, India

2016 Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala.

2008-2016 Research Specialist in Feedstock Genomics, University of Illinois

2005-2008 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois

Recent News

November 1, 2020
An international research team, including researchers from HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Faculty Investigator Kankshita Swaminathan’s lab, has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild pe...
September 9, 2020
September 9, 2020 (Huntsville, Ala) – HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s Faculty Investigator Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD, received a unique grant to support her research on the ornamental grass Miscanthus. Instead of a ...
September 2, 2020
Several research groups at HudsonAlpha are passionate about producing crops that can be used as fuel to create clean and sustainable energy for our planet. And now with the help of a newly awarded Department of Energy (DOE) grant,...
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