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Dr. Marc van Iersel

With a 70% research appointment in horticultural physiology, his main research interests include photosynthesis, LED lighting, and optimization of controlled environment agriculture. He teaches courses in plant physiology, dataloggers and instrumentation, and European garden history (a study abroad course).

In addition to his work at UGA, he co-founded Candidus, Inc, a company that help to commercialize his research findings.

Research Technician

T.C. Jayalath

Research technician and PhD student. T.C. runs the day-to-day operations of the lab, overseeing research projects and providing assistance as needed.

In his spare time, he works on his PhD.

Current Graduate Students

Laura Reese

MS Graduate Research Assistant

Reeve Legendre

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Jun Liu

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Changhyeon Kim

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Ruqayah Bhuiyan

MS Graduate Research Assistant

Past Graduate Students

Shane Palmer


Photoperiodic effects on growth, photosynthesis, and biomass allocation in leafy vegetables in controlled environments

Claudia Elkins


Evaluation of different lighting strategies used to improve efficiencies in plant growth for controlled environment agriculture

Geoff Weaver


Lighting control strategies for improved photochemical efficiencies in controlled-environment agriculture

Kate Seader
Erin James

Current and Past Visiting Scientists

Alexandre Trevizan

Visiting student from Universidade De Sáo Paulo, Brazil, 2016 Working on Sugar Cane response to LED lighting

Pedro Morelli

Visiting student from Universidade De Sáo Paulo, Brazil, 2016 Working on Sugar Cane response to LED lighting

Salvatore Bonanno

Visiting student from Italy, 2015

Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi

PhD Student / Post-Doc Campinas/ UNICAMP,
School Of Agricultural Engineering/ FEAGRI Brazil, 2010-2011 2013-2015,

Jong Goo Kang

Visiting Scientist From Korea, 1999 – 2001, 2006 – 2007, 2013 – 2015 Sunchon National University, Korea.

Mohammad Mehrdad (Mahdi) Jowkar

PhD Student, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah, Iran, 2011

Julian Miralles Crespo

PhD Student, University Of Cartagena, Cartegena, Spain. 2009.

Giulia Camerata

PhD Student From Bari, Italy, 2006

Francesco Montesano

PhD Student From Bari, Italy, 2005