The Lumba Research Group is interested in the molecular mechanisms of dormancy and germination in parasitic plants like Striga hermonthica. We use systems biology approaches that integrate genomics, transcriptome and protein-protein interaction data to generate signalling networks underlying Striga germination. Our particular focus is on signalling networks of plant hormones such as SL (strigolactone), GA and ABA.
Recent Lab Events
Dr. Lumba was recently invited to speak at the International Plant Molecular Biology Conference in Montpellier, France.
Dr. Lumba discussed a number of the key amino acid substitutions identified in a 2015 Science paper she co-authored with the McCourt Lab. Our lab specializes in using innovative techniques to help map functional differences, which are conferred by the aforementioned amino acid changes.
Dr. Lumba posing in front of Striga hermonthica with honourary lab member Joesphine.