Christopher N. Topp, Ph.D.

Christopher N. Topp, Ph.D.

The Topp Lab takes a phenomics approach to study crop root growth dynamics in response to environmental stress such as drought and rhizosphere competition...

Assistant Member
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Adjunct Professor
Biology

Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program
Computational and Systems Biology Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

  • imaging; plant; genetics; computation; phenotyping; roots; plant x environment

  • The Topp Lab takes a phenomics approach to study crop root growth dynamics in response to environmental stress such as drought and rhizosphere competition, and as a consequence of artificial selection for agronomically important traits such as Nitrogen uptake. Studying roots requires the development of imaging technologies, computational infrastructure, and statistical methods that can capture and analyze morphologically complex networks over time and at high-throughput. Thus the lab combines expertise in imaging (optical, X-ray CT, PET, etc.), computational analysis, and quantitative genetics with molecular biology to understand root growth and physiology.