Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Plant Biology, Genetics & Forestry
B314, Davison Life Sciences
Phone Number:  706-542-1271
Office/Lab:  B310, Davison Life Sciences
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Research Projects: 
  • phenylpropanoid metabolism
  • growth-defense tradeoff
  • gene family evolution and functional diservification
  • functional genomics
  • metabolite engineering
Grant Support: 
  • Schmitz RJ, Zhang X, Tsai CJ, Somatic genetic and epigenetic variations in long-lived perennial trees and their interactions with the environment. NSF Plant Genome (recommended for funding), 09/16 – 08/19
  • Leebens-Mack JH, Alabady MS, Tsai C-J, Wadl PA, Xiang J, The dogwood genome project: A model for woody ornamental genomics.  NSF Plant Genome, 4/15 - 3/17
  • Tsai C-J, A new paradigm of carbohydrate utilization in pollen.  USDA-AFRI, 1/15-12/16
  • Hoover K, Ming T, Rosa C, Scully E, Geib S, Tsai C-J, Harding SA, Plant‐insect symbiont interactions: Mechanisms of resistance against an invasive, xylophagous beetle USDA-AFRI subcontract via Penn State, 1/15 - 12/17.
  • Tsai C-J, Harding SA, Alabady M, Xue L-J, Dissecting the oxidative stress response regulons of Populus. USDA-AFRI, 01/15 – 12/17.
  • Tsai C-J, Harding SA, Hahn M, Peter GF, Mansfield SD, The dual effect of tubulin manipulation on Populus wood formation and drought tolerance. DOE, 08/12-07/17.
Of Note: 
  • Director of the Plant Center
  • Editor, Tree Physiology
  • Elected Fellow, International Academy of Wood Science