People - PSS Faculty
Glen Ritchie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Crop Physiology and Chair
Dr. Glen Ritchie received his B.S. degree from Utah State University in Crop Science in 2000, his M.S. degree from Utah State University in Crop Science in 2003, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia in Agronomy in 2007. More >>
Noureddine Abidi, Ph.D.
Leidigh Professor, Plant & Soil Science (PSS); Managing Director, Fiber & Biopolymer
Research Institute (FBRI)
Dr. Noureddine Abidi joined the FBRI in September 1999 as a Research Associate working in chemical finishes and textile chemistry. He earned his bachelor degree in chemistry and master degree in polymer chemistry. More >>
Mark Burow, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Genetics with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
Dr. Mark Burow holds a PhD. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990) in Plant Breeeding/Plant Genetics, Biochemistry. More >>
Cade Coldren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ecological Modeling
Dr. Cade Coldren has been named an assistant professor of ecological modeling with Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially stepped into his new teaching and research post on Jan. 1. More >>
Benildo de los Reyes, Ph.D.
Professor of Plant Genomics and Bayer CropScience Chair; PSS Associate Chair of Graduate
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, De los Reyes was a tenured faculty member at the University of Maine's School of Biology and Ecology, and Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science. More >>
Lavanya Dampanaboina, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Lavanya Dampanaboina is a plant biologist. She has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She has a Master's degree in Genetics and a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. More >>
Sanjit Deb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Physics
Dr. Sanjit Deb received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. His Master's degree in irrigation engineering and management is from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. More >>
Peter Dotray, Ph.D.
Rockwell Chair of Weed Science - Joint Appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research
& Extension Service; PSS Outreach Program Leader
Dr. Peter Dotray received his B.S degree from the University of Minnesota in Agronomy in 1986, his M.S. degree from Washington State University in Agronomy in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in Agronomy in 1993. He joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1993 and is currently the Rockwell
Chair of Weed Science. More >>
Ashley Elle, Ph.D.
Instructor of Horticulture
Ashley Elle has worked as a horticulturist with Lubbock's George Elle Apple Orchard and Food Bank Farm, designing yearly crop production and cover crop layouts, as well as varieties and crop rotations.
Wenxuan Guo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Crop Ecophysiology & Precision Agriculture
Wenxuan Guo is an Assistant Professor of Crop Ecophysiology & Precision Agriculture. He received his bachelor's degree in crop science from the Agricultural University of Hebei in Baoding, China, More>>
Edward Hellman, Ph.D.
Professor of Viticulture & Enology
Edward Hellman is Professor of Viticulture & Enology, based at Texas Tech's Fredericksburg campus. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Arkansas. More >>
President's Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics and Director for the Center for Functional Genomics of Abiotic Stress
Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella will begin this fall as the newest faculty member in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. A widely respected researcher, Herrera-Estrella's arrival at Texas Tech was made possible by a $5 million grant from the State of Texas Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) and matched by the university to bring the best and brightest researchers to Texas. More >>
Eric Hequet, Ph.D.
Horn Professor, Plant and Soil Science Department | Cotton Fiber Phenomics, Fiber
and Biopolymer Research Institute | Faculty Fellow, Office of Research and Innovation
Dr. Eric Hequet is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University (TTU), Cotton Fiber Phenomics faculty at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, and faculty fellow with the Office of Research and Innovation. More >>
Brendan Kelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cotton Fiber Phenomics with a joint appointment with Texas
A&M AgriLife Research
Dr. Brendan Kelly is a West Texas native from Midland, TX. Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Dr. Kelly worked as a research associate and research assistant at Tech's Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute. More >>
Haydee Laza, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Crop Physiology
Dr. Laza is an Assistant Professor Crop Physiology. She officially stepped into her new teaching and research post on September 1. More >>
Katie Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility with a joint appointment at Texas A&M AgriLife
Dr. Lewis obtained her Ph.D. in soil science from Texas A&M University. More >>
Instructor of Horticulture
Scott Longing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Dr. Scott Longing received his B.S. degree from Arkansas Tech University in 1996, his M.S. degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001, and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University in 2006. He joined the Department in 2012 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Entomology. More >>
Assistant Professor in Plant-Soil-Microbial Interactions
Damar Lopez-Arredondo began last fall as a Assistant Professor in Plant-Soil-Microbial Interactions. More >>
Venugopal Mendu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cell Wall Biology
Dr. Mendu, a research scientist who specializes in plant physiology and biochemistry, is an Associate professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science. More >>
Cecilia Monclova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife
Thayne Montague, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Horticulture with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research;
PSS Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs
Thayne Montague received his B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Brigham Young University in 1990 and his M.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University in 1993. More >>
Instructor of Horticulture
Instructor of Enology
Based at Texas Tech's Fredericksburg campus, Qualia will develop and teach the university's new winemaking certificate program. She will also teach undergraduate enology classes in Lubbock via distance education, and offer technical workshops for local Hill Country wineries. More >>
Rupinder Saini, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Weed Science
Dr. Saini is a research assistant professor in weed science. She officially stepped into her new research post on November 1, 2017. More >>
Associate Professor of Plant Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Sharma received a Summa Cum Laude bachelor's degree in horticulture and business from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. More >>
Rosalyn Shim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics
Dr. Rosalyn A. Shim officially joined the Plant and Soil Science faculty in April 2017 as an Assistant Professor for Breeding and Genetics. More >>
Matthew G. Siebecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Environmental Soil Chemistry
Dr. Siebecker joined the PSS faculty in January 2019. His research program focuses on heavy metal contaminant and agricultural nutrient cycling in soils and environmental geochemical systems. His group utilizes traditional wet chemical and advanced spectroscopic techniques (synchrotron radiation) to characterize soil chemical reactions. The objective is to understand molecular scale adsorption, dissolution, precipitation, and redox reactions and apply that knowledge to assess and remediate field scale problems. More>>
Catherine Simpson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sustainable/Urban Horticulture
Dr. Simpson is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable/Urban Horticulture. She officially stepped into her new teaching and research post on September 1. More >>
Sukhbir Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Vegetable Production Systems
Dr. Singh received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in agronomy from Punjab Agricultural University (Ludhiana, India). He also received a master's degree in plant and environmental sciences from New Mexico State University. More >>
Lindsey Slaughter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Soil Microbial Ecology/Biochemistry
Dr. Lindsey Slaughter joined the PSS faculty in September 2016, and specializes in studying soil ecology and plant-soil interactions. She serves as an instructor for the Plant and Soil Science Department's introductory soil science course for undergraduates, and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in soil microbial ecology and biochemistry. More>>
Instructor of Horticulture
Charles West, Ph.D.
Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant and Soil Science
Dr. Chuck West occupies the Thornton Distinguished Chair in Plant and Soil Science, with specialization in forage systems research. Dr. West teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the management, ecology, and research techniques of forage crops and pastures. He also leads the CASNR Water Center and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation. More>>
David C Weindorf, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President – Office of Research & Innovation • Professor & BL Allen
Endowed Chair of Pedology – Department of Plant and Soil Science
Dr. David C. Weindorf currently serves as Associate Vice President in the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Professor, and BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. More
Robert Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Crop Genomics
Dr. Wright received his B.S. in biology from John Brown University in 1990, his M.S from in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Arkansas in 1993, and his Ph.D. in genetics from Texas A&M University in 1997. More >>
Wenwei Xu, Ph.D.
Professor of Corn Breeding with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
Dr. Wenwei Xu received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from Agricultural University of Gansu Province in 1982 and his M.S. degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China in 1985. More >>
Joey Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Science
Dr. Young served as a graduate research assistant in the department of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, and at Mississippi State's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. More >>