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Silvas Kirubakaran

Research Geneticist (Plants)



Grape Genetics Research Unit
630 W. North St., Geneva, NY  14456
315 787 2483 (office)


My group focuses on identifying traits to enhance grapevine resilience towards environmental stressors driven by climate change (e.g., freezing, nutrient stresses, and drought). My research lays the groundwork to understand better the whole plant physiology in response to their environment and to translate the knowledge to crop breeding efforts to develop new cultivars with optimized yields and enhanced soil resource acquisition. Our approach leverages cutting-edge technologies from different research domains: population genetics, genomics, molecular biology, synthetic biology, high-throughput imaging, and phenomics to study plant stress adaptation and resilience.



Ph.D. Plant Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

(Research at University of Saskatchewan, Canada- Graduate Student Exchange program)

M.S Plant Breeding and Genetics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

B.S Agriculture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India


Professional experience

Research Geneticist, Dec 2023-Present, USDA-ARS, Geneva, New York

Senior Research Scientist, July 2023 – Nov 2023, Upstream Biotechnology, North Carolina

Team Lead (Breeding), Oct 2021- Sep 2022, BASF, Morrisville, North Carolina

Research Scientist III (Breeding), Jan 2021-Oct 2021, BASF, Morrisville, North Carolina

Postdoctoral Research Associate , June 2016-Nov 2020, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Research Associate , July 2011-June 2016, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri