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Kansas State University
Department of Agronomy
3703 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Dr. Mithila Jugulam


Mithila Jugulam is a Professor (Weed Science) in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral training at the University of Guelph, Canada. Her research program is internationally recognized for increasing our understanding of the evolution and fundamental mechanisms of herbicide resistance in weeds.

Her research also focuses on the effect of climate change factors on herbicide efficacy, consequently weed management. She is an award-winning teacher with the responsibility to teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to herbicide physiology, molecular biology and molecular cytogenetics at KSU. She has published about 90 peer-reviewed international journal articles. She also edited a book “Biology, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Weeds.” She serves as an Associate Editor of Pest Management Science.

Aarthy T Selvam

Aarthy T Selvam

Research Associate

Aarthy received her Bachelor’s in Biotechnology in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India and pursued her Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, India, where her focus area was on stable isotope labeling and histochemical approach for studying medicinal natural product biosynthesis and its localization in plants. Before joining Dr. Jugulam’s lab, Aarthy worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oklahoma. She joined Dr. Jugulam’s lab in July 2021. Currently, she is working on the characterization of physiological and molecular mechanisms of herbicide resistance in crops.

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Chandrima Shyam

Ph.D. Student

Chandrima joined Dr. Jugulam’s Lab in May 2016 as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her PhD work focuses on  characterizing non-target site metabolism based herbicide resistance in multiple herbicide (Hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD)-inhibitor, Acetolactate synthase (ALS), and Photosystem-II (PSII) inhibitor) resistant Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri). Besides this, she is also working on assessing the effect of different temperature regimes on herbicide efficacy in different weeds and on understanding the inheritance of herbicide resistance traits in multiple herbicide-resistant Palmer Amaranth.

Ednaldo Borgato

Ednaldo Borgato

Ph.D. Student


Ednaldo received his B.S. in Agronomy (2013) and M.S. in Agronomy (Weed Science) (2018) from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He worked as undergraduate research assistant in the weed science program at USP and started to develop his strong interest for this discipline. He joined Kansas State University in the summer of 2018 for his PhD in Weed Science under Dr. Jugulam and Dr. Dille. His research is focused on investigating target and non-target site resistance mechanisms on Palmer amaranth, aspects of herbicide-interactions and management strategies for cropping systems in Kansas.


Susee Sudhakar


Susee Sudhakar

Ph.D. Student

Susee has completed her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and biotechnology at Avinashilingam University, India and her M.Sc. in Biotechnology at Bharathiar University, India. She Joined Dr. Jugulam’s lab as a graduate research assistant in the spring of 2021. Her Ph.D work is focused on evaluating a diverse collection of wheat germplasm including wild relatives and EMS mutant lines for tolerance to herbicides that can be used for postemergence weed control in wheat.


Research Associates and Visiting Scholars



       Current Occupation

 Dr. Sathishraj Rajendran

December 2018 to May 2021

Research Associate, KSU

  Dr. Balaji A Pandian

December 2020 to March 2021

Herbicide Discovery Scientist, Enko, MA, USA

  Dr. Sushila Chaudhari

June 2018-December 2019

Assistant Professor, MSU, East Lansing

  Dr. A. Vennapusa

December-2016-May 2018

PDF-U of Delaware

  Dr. Lovreet Shergill

March 2017-Dec 2017

Assistant Professor, Montana State University

  Dr. Aruna Varanasi

June 2014-February 2017

Crop Physiologist, Bayer Crop Science, MO

  Dr. Vijaya Varanasi

June 23013- August 2016

Senior Biologist, Bayer Crop Science, MO

  Dr. Shahniyar Bayramov

June 2015 to January 2016

Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan

  Dr. Amar S Godar

August 2013-May 2015

Staff Res. Associate UC-Davis.

  Dr. J. Ou

January 2014-August 2014

Herbicide Discovery Scientist, Cortera agriscience.

  Dr. S. Mallubhotla

August 2012- March 2013

Consultant – (IFPRI), Canada


Graduate Students 

Balaji A Pandian (PHD)

Graduated F 2020

Herbicide Discovery Scientist, Enko, MA, USA

Isaac Barnhart (MS)

Graduated S 2020

PhD student at KSU

Ivan Cuvaca (PHD)

Graduated S 2019

 Post  Postdoctoral Fellow, UNE, Lincoln

J. Ou (PHD)

 Graduated S 2018

Herbicide Discovery Scientist, Cortera agriscience.

S. Menzer* (MS)

 Graduated S 2017


K. Putta* (MS)

 Graduated S 2017

Herbicide Discovery Scientist, Enko Chem, MA

Sridevi Betha (PHD)

 Graduated   F 2016

Scientist, HPI, Manhattan

Andrew Dillon (MS)

  Graduated   S 2015

Scientist, Phyto Tech, KS

Randy DeGreeff *(MS)

  Graduated  SU 2015

Area Agronomist, MN

Kindsey Niehues (MS)

  Graduated   S 2014             

Scientist, Beck’s Hybrids, IN


Undergraduate Researchers

  1. Ananya Pagadala (SU 2021)
  2. Eshi Wickramasundara (SU 2021)
  3. Peyton Thorell (F 2020)
  4. Tracy Oelschlaeger (F 2018 to F2020)
  5. Dakota Came (F2016-S2020- GSD and NCWSS poster award winner
  6. Abbie Friesen (F 2015 to 2018)- WSSA- 2017 Undergraduate Research Award winner
  7. Jessica Bramhall (F 2013 to present)- WSSA- 2015 Undergraduate Research Award winner
  8. Andrew Scherrer (F 2012 to S 2014)- 2014-Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award- Gamma Sigma Delta
  9. Trent Newell (F 2011 to S 2013)- WSSA- 2013 Undergraduate Research Award winner




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