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Natalia Dudareva


  • Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
WSLR Room B30

Area of Expertise: Plant Molecular Biology

Courses currently taught:

  • HORT/BTNY 64000, Metabolic Plant Physiology

Awards & Honors

(2014) Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award. Sigma Xi.

(2011) Elected Chair for the Gordon Research Conference on Plant Metabolic Engineering 2011. Gordon Research Conference.

(2010) AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science.

(2010) Annual Millionaires Club Award, College of Agriculture. Purdue University, Indiana.

(2010) Distinguished Professor. Purdue University, Indiana.

(2006) The Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research. Purdue University.

(2006) University Faculty Scholar in the College of Agriculture. Purdue University.

(2005) Agriculture Research Award. Purdue University.

(2003) “Regulation of monoterpene emission in snapdragon flowers”. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Selected Publications

Widhalm, J. R., & Dudareva, N. (2015). A familiar ring to it: Biosynthesis of plant benzoic acids. Mol. Plant, 8(83-97). Retrieved from

Dornfeld, C., Weisberg, A. J., Ritesh, K. C., Dudareva, N., Jelesko, J. G., & Maeda, H. A. (2014). Phylobiochemical characterization of class-Ib aspartate/prephenate aminotransferases reveals evolution of the plant arogenate phenylalanine pathway. Plant Cell, 26, 3101-3114. Retrieved from

Gutensohn, M., Nguyen, T. T. H., McMahon III, R. D., Kaplan, I., Pichersky, E., & Dudareva, N. (2014). Metabolic engineering of monoterpene biosynthesis in tomato fruits via introduction of the non-canonical substrate neryl diphosphate. Metab. Eng., 24, 107-116. Retrieved from

Yoo, H., Widhalm, J. R., Qian, Y., Maeda, H., Cooper, B. R., Jannasch, A. S., . . . Dudareva, N. (2013). An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine: phenylpyruvate aminotransferase. Nat. Commun, 4, 2833 doi:10.1038/ncomms3833. Retrieved from

Dudareva, N., Klempien, A., Muhlemann, J. K., & Kaplan, I. (2013). Biosynthesis, function and metabolic engineering of plant volatile organic compounds. New Phytologist, 198, 16-32. Retrieved from

Qualley, A. V., Widhalm, J. R., Adebesin, F., Kish, C. M., & Dudareva, N. (2012). Completion of the core β-oxidative pathway of benzoic acid biosynthesis in plants.. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 16383-16388. Retrieved from

Klempien, A., Kaminaga, Y., Qualley, A. V., Nagegowda, D. A., Widhalm, J. R., Orlova, I., . . . Dudareva, N. (2012). Contribution of CoA ligases to benzenoid biosynthesis in petunia flowers.. The Plant Cell, 24, 2015-2030. Retrieved from

Maeda, H., Yoo, H., & Dudareva, N. (2011). Prephenate aminotransferase directs plant phenylalanine biosynthesis via arogenate.. Nat. Chem. Biol., 7, 19-21.

Orlova, I., Nagegowda, D. A., Kish, C. M., Gutensohn, M., Maeda, H., Varbanova, M., . . . Dudareva, N. (2010). Small subunit of geranyl diphosphate synthase modifies the chain length specificity of phylogenetically distant geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase in planta.. The Plant Cell., 21, 4002-4017. Retrieved from

Gershenzon, J., & Dudareva, N. (2007). The function of terpene natural products in the natural world.. Nature Chemical Biology, 3(7), 408-414.