skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dr Duy Nguyen

Dr Duy Nguyen

Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street
Cambridge CB2 1LR

Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


I did my BSc. Biotechnology at University of Science, National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After that I completed an MSc in Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, specializing in Functional Genomics. Following my interest in plant adaptive responses to environmental stresses, I did my PhD in the Department of Molecular Plant Physiology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The project focused on the effects of drought and flooding on plant resistance to insect herbivory in Solanum dulcamara, a wild relative of tomato and potato. The study illustrated dynamic interactions at transcriptomic and hormonal levels between the plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses and their ecological consequences.

Research Interests

My interest is to study the molecular mechanisms regulating plant adaptive responses to environmental stresses. Temperature stress has a large negative effect on plant growth and development, making a mechanistic understanding of acclimation to heat stress central to improve strategies to breed crop varieties with enhanced climate-change resilience. I am using Brachypodium distachyon, a monocot model species related to wheat, barley and rye, for my study. We are exploiting genome-wide approaches to identify the acclimation signatures of gene and retrotransposon expression. Candidate genes and retrotransposons that may be involved in regulating the acclimation response will be investigated to understand how the heat stress acclimation is acquired and maintained.

Key Publications

Nguyen D, Rieu I, Mariani C, van Dam NM (2016) How plants handle multiple stresses: hormonal interactions underlying responses to abiotic stress and insect herbivory. Plant Mol Biol, 91(6): 727-740

Nguyen D, D'Agostino N, Tytgat TO, Sun P, Lortzing T, Visser EJ, Cristescu SM, Steppuhn A, Mariani C, van Dam NM, Rieu I (2016) Drought and flooding have distinct effects on herbivore-induced responses and resistance in Solanum dulcamara. Plant Cell Environ, 39(7): 1485-1499

Dawood T, Yang X, Visser EJW, te Beek TAH, Kensche PR, Cristescu SM, Lee S, Floková K, Nguyen D, Mariani C, and Rieu I (2016) A co-opted hormonal cascade activates dormant adventitious root primordia upon flooding in Solanum dulcamara. Plant Physiol, 170(4): 2351-2364