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CAHNRS Department of Horticulture Genomics Lab


Dr. Amit Dhingra

Dr. Dhingra is a Professor of  genomics and biotechnology. He is an affiliate faculty of the Center for Precision Automated & Agriculture Systems and leader of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors at WSU. He serves as graduate faculty in four programs:

  • Horticulture
  • Molecular Plant Sciences
  • NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program
  • MS in Agriculture 

Dr. Dhingra received his BS in Botany (Honors) from Delhi University, India (1991) followed by a MS in Botany (Honors) from Agra University, India (1993). He earned his PhD at the University of Delhi, India, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship (2000). His professional preparation, initiated at Rutgers and successfully culminated at University of Florida, represents a confluence of multiple disciplines within plant biology. He joined Washington State University as an Assistant Professor in 2006.


On the cover of the Rolling Clone Magazine

Credit: Creative musings of an undergraduate student.


Dr. Richard M. Sharpe

Dr. Sharpe joined the lab as a Post Doc in 2015.

PhD in Molecular Plant Sciences from Washington State University (2014)

MS in Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology option from Middle Tennessee State University (2009)

BS in Biology with a concentration in Genetics and Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University (2006)

Associate of Science degree in Applied Science from Victor Valley College (1989)

Associate degree in Applied Avionics from the Community College of the Air Force (1989)


Dr. Rishikesh Ghogare

Dr. Ghogare joined the lab as a Post Doc in 2017.

PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Washington State University (2017)

MSc in Biotechnology from University of East Anglia, UK (2011)

BSc in Biotechnology from University of Pune, India (2009)