Plant Molecular Physiologist
Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Harkamal Walia’s studies plants at the genetic and molecular level to understand how they adapt to environmental stresses with the goal to develop more resilient crop varieties. He works to discover genes and genetic variants that may help improve crop performance in sub-optimal growing conditions, such as drought, heat and salinity.
Walia uses whole plant physiology, functional genomics, biochemical and computational approaches to elucidate the mechanisms involved in abiotic stress tolerance in cereals such as wheat, maize and rice, among others. His lab focuses on stress tolerance during the developmental stages, when plants are particularly sensitive to abiotic stresses and may result in yield and biomass losses.
He received his doctorate in plant biology from the University of California, Riverside.