Dr. Cuong Nguyen
Research Associate, Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions
Cuong joined GIFS in August 2018 to work with Dr. Leon Kochian to study the molecular genetics of sorghum plant response to phosphorus (P) deficiency and the role of changes of root system architecture to better acquire phosphorus from the low P soils.
Cuong was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. He previously completed a B.Sc. in biology from Vietnam National University in Hanoi and a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from Cornell University. His PhD research explored the molecular mechanism of fruit ripening in tomato, especially genes and pathways that affect tomato fruit quality. After that he continued his tomato fruit research as a postdoctoral associate at University of Florida, identifying genes that affect fruit volatile compounds, with the goal of improving tomato flavour and nutritional quality.
At GIFS, Cuong is using molecular, physiological and genetic approaches to characterize genetic and epigenetic factors that can improve sorghum growth and development under low P condition and can lead to develop molecular tools for breeding new P efficiency sorghum cultivars.