Texas Tech University

Lavanya Dampanaboina, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Email: lavanya.dampanaboina@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8198

Department of Plant and Soil Science
Texas Tech University
Bayer Plant Science Building, Room 114C

2911 15th Street
Mail Stop 2122 
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122

Lavanya Dampanaboina

Personal Information:

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. After finishing her Ph.D., she did her first Post-doctoral work at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India. She moved to Lubbock, Texas and pursued her research interests in plant biology by working at the USDA-ARS, Lubbock, Texas. Then she joined the Department of Plant & Soil Science at Texas Tech University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and gained experience in plant-microbe interaction studies under normal and hormone deficient conditions. During this period, she was involved in project development, conducting research, manuscript and grant writing.  She has a passion for research and education. She took up her new position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science to teach plant pathology courses and to pursue her research interests in plant biology.


Lavanya is conducting her research in plant biology in collaboration with Dr. Zhanguo Xin on understanding the role of jasmonic acid in plant growth, development, and performance using sorghum mutants with altered jasmonic acid production. She is interested in writing grants and submitting proposals for supporting her research activities in plant biology. She worked with model and crop systems such as Arabidopsis, rice, and sorghum to pursue her research questions.


  • PSS 4425 001: Introductory Plant Pathology
  • PSS 4425 001 Lab
  • PSS 5425 002: Advanced Agricultural Plant Pathology
  • PSS 5425 002 Lab
  • Develop online sections for PSS 4425 and PSS 5425 (Distance Education)