Lab Members – Controlled Environment Agriculture (NEMALI Lab)

Lab Members

Krishna Nemali (Principal Investigator)


Dr. Nemali is responsible for extension and research activities related to controlled environment agriculture, including ornamentals and vegetables grown under protected culture. He also teaches courses related to controlled environment agriculture production and technology.  A primary goal of his program at Purdue is to develop new and affordable technologies that improve sustainability (i.e., reduce input waste, minimize environmental impact, and increase profits) in controlled environment agriculture and make them easily available to growers.  He aims to train students with sustainable production practices complemented with state-of-the-art technologies for controlled environments.  He is passionate about actively engaging and contributing to the existing diversity programs at Purdue.

Link to faculty page

  Sangrak Son (Ph.D. student)


Dissertation: Optimizing nutrient supply and availability for organic lettuce production in hydroponic systems


Past Members:

Graduate Students:

Alexander G. Miller (M.S.)

Thesis: Optimization of winter hydroponic lettuce production in the US Midwest

Ranjeeta Adhikari (Ph.D.)

Dissertation: Nitrogen (N) management in floriculture crops: Developing a novel image analysis-based technique for measuring tissue N content and understanding plant physiological responses to N supply

Yuyao Kong (Ph.D.)


Dissertation: Optimizing light quality for growth, nutritional quality, and food safety of lettuce in vertical farming

Graduate Committees:

Name Degree Focus Area Completion Date
Joshua Craver PhD Floriculture 2018
Samuel Burgner MS Controlled Environments 2018
David Flores MS Lawn and Garden 2019
Maria Roja Zea MS Phenotyping 2020
Fatemeh Sheibani PhD Indoor Agriculture 2023
Mikael Borge MS Modular Container Production 2023
Michael Fidler MS Indoor Agriculture n.a.
George Hutchinson MS Hydroponics, University of Georgia 2024

Visiting Scientists & Students:

Name Country Degree Training Period
Yuyao Kong China Agricultural University, China MS 2017-18
Reham Mohammed Plant Protection Research Institute, Egypt Borlaug Fellow 2018
Chen Li China Agricultural University, China MS 2018-19
Isabela Scavacini Sao Pãulo University, Brazil PhD 2021
Uzma Gulzar Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture and Technology, Kashmir, India PhD 2024
Ayyaz Ahmad University of Italy, Rome, Italy PhD 2024


Undergraduate Researchers:

Name Department Work Period
Victoria Wilson Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2016
Alexander Miller Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2017-2018
Stephanie Millet Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2018
Farhan Sohail Mechanical Engineering 2018-19
Manuel Perez Agric. Biological Engineering 2019
Uel Kwame Agric. Biological Engineering 2019
Tej Shah Agric. Finance Management 2019-20
Juliana Brustolin Agric. Biological Engineering 2018-20
Jacob Brasseur Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2020-21
Dai Dai Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2021
Sadia Hildebrand Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2021
Azriel Lee College of Pharmacy 2021
Hariharan Thirumalai Agronomy 2021-23
Christian Charlson Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 2022-23
Hanna Deykema Natural Resources and Environmental Science 2024-present


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