Shiraz University College of Agriculture, Shiraz, Iran — Ph.D. in Agronomy, 2010
Shiraz University College of Agriculture, Shiraz, Iran — M.S. in Agronomy, 2005
Buali-Sina Agriculture University, Hamedan, Iran — B.S. Agriculture Engineering of Crop Production and Plant Breeding
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Dr. Shekoofa's Ph.D research was focused on kernel development of maize as affected by source/sink ratio. (Her dissertation was written and presented in English.) She was a visiting scientist at Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina from 2009-2010. She conducted postdoc research at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on water stress in turfgrass and crop species. Particular emphasis was given to identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance. Dr. Shekoofa's current research in the Department of Plant Sciences centers on developing an active and nationally recognized program in crop physiology with a focus on plant water saving potential. Her true passion in research lies in discovering more about the action of the environment on plant water movement, leaves stomata conductance, transpiration response, plant resistance, and resilience to environmental changes such as water and/or heat stress.
Major Research Areas:
- Current research centers on water stress in row crops. Particular emphasis is given to identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance.
- Physiological response of crops to environmental stress
- Bioinformatics approaches define critical crop physiological traits in a process-oriented crop model.