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Fall 2021

  • Jiho Lee is awarded the Morley award and Dextra award for UG research on carotenoids. Go Jiho!  🎉🎈

  • Manuscript on resin glycoside diversity in morning glories accepted in Horticulture Research special issue on Specialized Metabolism in Horticultural Crops

  • Jiho Lee, Arden Lee, Nandita Nagarajan join the lab as undergrad researchers. Welcome!

  • Bryce Askey joins for his second rotation.

  • Manuscript on importance of acylsugars in N. benthamiana aphid and drought response published, in collaboration with the Jander lab.

  • Alexandre Miaule joins the lab for his rotation


Summer 2021

Spring 2021

  • Chinmaey gets an internship at a Texas biomedical genomics company

  • Sejin is a finalist at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board symposium for her honors thesis work. 

Fall 2020

  • Liz selected for a data scientist summer internship at Corteva. Way to go Liz! 🎉🎈

  • Lars' BAHD paper submitted to bioRxiv and for review.

  • Mohammad Irfan joins the lab as a postdoc! Irfan is an expert on tomato biochemistry. Welcome Irfan! 🎉🎈

  • Arielle Johnson co-joins the Moghe/Frank lab groups working on the Euphorbia project. Welcome Arielle! 🎉🎈


Summer 2020

  • Ali's first paper on sweet potato anthocyanins on bioRxiv and under review.

  • We bid goodbye to Alexandra Bennett, our lab tech for 3 years, who is moving to Vienna for graduate studies in analytical chemistry. She will be sorely missed!

  • Ben Fehr -- computational biology graduate student -- joins the lab for his rotation.

  • Nandita Nagarajan -- a high schooler from NJ -- completes a very successful virtual summer internship in the lab working on cis-regulatory element discovery.

  • Lars and Gaurav present at the ASPB Global Summit. Liz presents a poster at ISCB.

  • Gaurav presents at UCSD (virtually). Thanks to Eric Schmelz for the invitation!


Spring 2020

  • Liz is now a co-PI on a successful Schmittau-Novak small grant from SIPS, with Olenka (PI) from Olena Vatamaniuk lab. 🎉🎈

  • Solanum quitoense -- a system Gaurav developed in his postdoc -- finally sees light of the day in Plant Physiology, thanks to Bryan Leong's persistent efforts in the Last lab!

  • Paper on rice interactome with Susan McCouch and Haiyuan Yu accepted in PNAS!

  • Liz's review titled Machine learning: A powerful tool for gene function prediction in plants -- a detailed primer of ML for functional genomics -- just got accepted in Applications in Plant Sciences! 🎉🎈

  • Excited for meeting the Plant Natural Products group graduate students and faculty at Rutgers, New Brunswick.

  • Gaurav presents preliminary data on sweet potato metabolite analysis at the NY State Producer's Expo, Syracuse.


October 2019

  • Thanks to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Plant Science Innovation for an excellent one-day symposium on Plant Metabolism and Engineering!

  • Liz completes her A-exam! She's officially a PhD candidate! 🎉🎈


August 2019

  • Gaurav presents in the Inaugural Presidential session at ASPB 2019, San Jose: "All in the family: Emergence of new functions in plant enzyme families"

  • Wen-Juan Mo joins our lab as a Visiting Scientist from the Chinese Academy of Forestry till August 2020.

June 2019

  • Jason Chobirko from the University of Pittsburgh joins our lab as part of the Cornell-BTI REU program.

May 2019

  • Our USDA-Hatch proposal for quantifying anthocyanins and flavonoids from NY-grown sweet potatoes accepted! 🎉🎈

March 2019

  • Michael Miller -- a PLBIO grad student -- joins the lab for his third rotation


January 2019

  • Gordon Younkin and Nicole Szeluga -- PLBIO grad students -- join lab for their second rotations

  • New AJB paper on evolutionary biochemistry co-authored with fellow Botany meeting presenters, shepherded by Stacey Smith and Chris Pires now online!

December 2018

  • Our proposal to JGI-CSP for Brachypodium transcriptomics and metabolomics was just accepted! 🎉🎈Major work to start in February!


October 2018

  • Kai Fan joins our lab as a Visiting Fellow on a CSC fellowship from China for 1 year

September 2018

  • Se-Jin Park joins our lab as an undergrad

  • Anna-Lena Sprick joins the lab as a visiting intern from Christian Albrecht University of Kiel for 2 months

July 2018

  • Lars was just awarded the German DFG fellowship for 2 years! 🎉🎈

June 2018

  • Our AJB paper is now online 🎉🎈

  • Liz Mahood embarks on her PhD journey in the lab! 🎉🎈

  • Welcome - Elena Lazarus! Elena comes to our lab for 10 weeks from the University of Portland, as part of the Boyce Thompson Institute REU program.

April 2018


March 2018

  • Gaurav is the recipient of the 2018 ASPB Early Career award!🎉🎈

  • Our opinion piece titled "The study of plant specialized metabolism in the genomics era: Challenges and prospects" just got accepted in the American Journal of Botany.

January 2018

  • Check out our commentary on Hiroshi Maeda's wonderful paper on betalain evolution in New Phytologist.

  • Arielle Johnson joins our lab as a rotating graduate student.

November 2017

  • Our paper from Eran Pichersky's lab on identification of enzymes involved in pyrethrin biosynthesis in Chrysanthemum is now online on Plant Phys. The pathway can, one day, be transferred into tomato to produce pyrethrins in tomato fruit not meant for human consumption (pyrethrins are, however, safe for mammals).

September 2017

  • First NSF grant proposal submitted.

  • eLife paper is now online, and is accompanied by some nice press releases by MSU and Cornell

  • Liz Mahood joins the lab as a rotating Plant Bio graduate student.

August 2017

The Moghe Lab begins operation.

July 2017

  • Our paper was just accepted in eLife, and was also selected for a press release! 

  • Lars Kruse will join our lab as a postdoc from October. We are excited to have him around!


June 2017

Welcome to our first and second lab members!

  • Chenab Khakh: Chenab is a rising sophomore interested in understanding how plants influence human health.

  • Alexandra Bennett: Ali is our new lab tech. She is a Cornell Horticulture MS graduate with an expertise in plant growth protocols, mass spectrometry and tissue culture.

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