North American Plant Phenotyping Network

2021 NAPPN Early Career Scientist Award

Malia Gehan

Assistant Member and Principal Investigator
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
St. Louis, Mo, 63132

Malia Gehan did undergraduate research on heat stress and thermotolerance in tobacco at Willamette University and she did her Ph.D. research examining the intersection of cold signaling and the circadian at Michigan State University. She was a NSF Plant Genome Postdoctoral Fellow and is currently an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, whose group focuses understanding mechanisms of crop resilience under temperature stress. To study temperature stress and natural variation, the Gehan lab develops high-throughput and high-resolution image-based phenotyping technologies, including low-cost solutions that use Raspberry Pi computers. The Gehan Lab co-develops and maintain the open-source open-development suite of image analysis tools, PlantCV (, along with Dr. Noah Fahlgren’s group.

Dr. Gehan was part of the steering committee that helped to form the North American Plant Phenotyping Network and was elected to the board in 2020. Dr. Gehan is interested in increasing communication and connections across phenomics-related disciplines and organizations; using plant phenotyping as a way of increasing student interest in plant science and skills in data science; and democratizing plant phenotyping using open-source hardware and software.

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