Lam-Son Phan Tran
Lam-Son Phan Tran has been named a professor with Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science. Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, Tran served as unit leader of the Stress Adaptation Research Unit at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Yokohama, Japan. Tran will be working within the Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance. Tran, a native of Vietnam, indicated that his research program broadly focuses on regulatory network and crosstalk among signaling molecules in plant responses to environmental stresses, as well as translational genomics for improvement of crop productivity in the era of global climate change.
One of his primary goals is to further promote the research on plant functional genomics and regulatory roles of signaling molecules, leading to development of crop cultivars with enhanced environmental stress resistance. Importantly, he wants to pass his knowledge and research experiences to the next generation through teaching and training. His basic and applied research programs will contribute to some of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which include maintaining sustainable production of crops for food, biomass and industrial uses. His master's (biotechnology) and doctorate (biological science) degrees are from Szent Istvan University (formerly Godollo University of Agricultural Sciences) in Hungary.