Dineshkumar Krishnamoorthy

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MPhil and PhD Central University of Kerala

Research Websites: Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

Research Areas: Panomics

Dineshkumar Krishnamoorthy (Dinesh) joined as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Boissinot's Lab in 2023. Krishnamoorthy is a biologist who mainly works on invasive plants, i.e., Mesquite trees. He predominantly uses the panomics approach to understand and solve biological challenges. 

Krishnamoorthy obtained his PhD from the Central University of Kerala (India) on the pomegranate blight disease. Dinesh was awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. He also serves as an Assistant Professor at the PRIST University (India). 

Current Research

Anthropogenic activities and rapid climate change are conducive to the growth and adaptation of invasive plants. Mesquite (Prosopis spp.) trees are one of the worst invasive plants in the world. Our project focuses on deducing the Mesquite tree's rapid adaptation mechanism in diverse habitats. We use the panomics approach and field experiments to:

  • Determine the role of population structure, demography, and hybridization in shaping genetic diversity in invasive and native populations of mesquite trees;
  • Determine the genetic bases of adaptation in invasive populations;
  • Link genotypes and phenotypes across levels of organization among populations adapted to different habitats.