Yordan Yordanov

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Yordan Yordanov

Research Assistant Professor

  • 2005 PhD in Genetics, AgroBioInstitute, Higher Attestation Commission, Bulgaria.
  • 1997 MS in Genetic and Cell Engineering, Sofia University, Bulgaria.
"Most of the current and future problems in agriculture, biofuels, and medicine can be solved by biotechnological approaches. I am just looking for answers in regard to biotechnology, using molecular genetics and functional genomics."

Molecular mechanisms of plant growth and development

My research interests are related with genetic mechanisms governing plant growth and the influences of abiotic stresses on plant development. I believe these scientific areas are of significant theoretical and practical importance for the world today. I have been involved in functional genetic characterizations of sunflower, tomato, wheat, and Populus tree. In my research, I employ different contemporary molecular genetics and functional genomics approaches like microarray and ChIP-Seq analyses, generation and testing of insertional mutagenesis lines, and molecular characterizations of the mutants, all aimed for dissecting different plant traits related with stem properties, root architecture, leaf growth, bud dormancy, cereals development, response and adaptation to drought and nitrogen deficiency.

Recent Publications

  • Y. S. Yordanov, S. Regan, and V. Busov. (2010). Members of the Lateral Organ Boundaries Domain (LBD) Transcription Factors Family are Involved in Regulation of Secondary Growth in Populus. The Plant Cell 22: 3662-3677
  • V. Busov, Y. Yordanov, J. Gou, R. Meilan, C. Ma, S. Regan, and S. Strauss. (2011). Activation tagging is an effective gene tagging system in Populus. Tree Genetics & Genomes 7: 91–101
  • Y. S. Yordanov and V. Busov. (2011). Boundary Genes in Regulation and Evolution of Secondary Growth. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 6:688-690.
  • A. Rigal, Y. S. Yordanov, I. Perrone, A. Karlberg, E. Tisserant, C. Bellini, V. B. Busov, F. Martin, A. Kohler, R. Bhalerao, V. Legué. (2012) The AINTEGUMENTA LIKE 1 homeotic transcription factor PtAIL1 controls the formation of adventitious root primordia in Populus. Plant Physiology 60: 1996-2006
  • H. Wei, J. Gou, Y Yordanov, H. Zhang, R. Thakur, W. Jones, A. Burton. (2013) Global Transcriptomic Profiling of Aspen Trees under Elevated [CO2] to Identify Potential Molecular Mechanisms Responsible for Enhanced Radial Growth. Journal of Plant Research 26: 305-320
  • Y. Chen, Y. S. Yordanov, C. Ma, S. Strauss, and V. B. Busov. (2013) DR5 as a reporter system to study auxin response in Populus. Plant Cell Reports, 32:453-63
  • D Trupiano, Y Yordanov, S Regan, R Meilan, T Tschaplinski, GS Scippa, V Busov (2013) Identification, characterization of an AP2/ERF transcription factor that promotes adventitious, lateral root formation in Populus. Planta 238:271-282
  • H. Wei, Y. S. Yordanov, T. Georgieva, H. Zhang, V. Busov. (2013) Genetic networks involved in poplar root response to low nitrogen. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8: 483-497
  • H. Wei*, Y. S. Yordanov*, T. Georgieva, H. Zhang, V. Busov. (2013) (* equal contribution) Nitrogen deprivation promotes Populus root growth through global transcriptome reprogramming and activation of hierarchical genetic networks. New Phytologist 200: 483–497