Pankaj Jaiswal

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University -- Planteome co-founder

Pankaj Jaiswal, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University

Dr. Pankaj Jaiswal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).  He is a co-founder and lead investigator of an International Collaborative project on Common Reference Ontology for Plant Biology ( Planteome provides a common portal for development and dissemination of universal ontologies, data and tools for Plant Biology research. Though the annotated data are from the  genomics and genetics  field, the ontologies developed by the project are universal for extended use in any knowledge domain of plants including agriculture, crops, food, agronomy, ecology, bioprocessing, pathology, etc. He also co-leads the development of one of world’s largest online portal on comparative plant genomics, the Gramene database with his principal responsibility of developing a Plant Gene Networks called Plant Reactome (  His wet-lab research involves studying systems biology and plant gene networks associated with drought and salinity abiotic stress responses in agricultural and biofuel feedstock plants.  His laboratory’s internationally recognized research projects on plant stress biology, genome annotation, comparative genomics, computational biology and bioinformatics have received extramural awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.  His research program is interdisciplinary in nature, and relies heavily on training graduate and undergraduate students, research associates and software developers. He emphasizes on collaboration with faculty on campus and around the world.  He is also a recognized graduate faculty advisor for the graduate programs of the Molecular and Cell Biology, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics.  Pankaj recently organized the joint meeting of the International Conference on Biological Ontology (ICBO) and Biocreative 2016, in Oregon State University. Theme of the 2016 ICBO conference was food, nutrition, health and environment for the 9 Billion.

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