Texas Tech University

Venugopal Mendu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell Wall Biology
Plant and Soil Science

Email: venugopal.mendu@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6327

Department of Plant and Soil Science 
Texas Tech University
Food Technolgy Building, Room 204-E
2802 15th Street 
Mail Stop 2122 
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122 

Venugopal Mendu

Personal Information

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. Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Mendu served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Biology, École normale supérieure (IBENS) in Paris, and at the University of Kentucky's departments of horticulture and plant pathology. He also worked as a graduate research assistant with the University of Kentucky's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, as well as a research associate in the Center for Plant Molecular Biology at Osmania University-India.
Mendu received his bachelor's degree in agriculture and master's degree in genetics and plant breeding from ANGR Agricultural University-India. His doctorate in plant physiology/biochemistry/molecular biology is from the University of Kentucky. Awards for Mendu include the Jeffery Fellowship at the University of Kentucky (2006); Kentucky Graduate Scholarship (2003-2008); and Junior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test-India (1999).

Research Interests

Dr. Mendu is particularly interested in continuing his research efforts on plant cell wall biology. One of his goals is to identify and characterize the genes involved in the plant cell wall biosynthesis using model plant Arabidopsis and apply for the cotton fiber improvement.


  • PSS 4100 - Senior Seminar
  • PSS 4426 - Introduction to Genomics
  • PSS 5325 - Transgenic and Plant Cell Genetics
  • PSS 5426 - Functional Genetics

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