- Assistant Professor
- Plant Sciences
- Cell wall
Georgia Drakakaki obtained her Ph.D. from the John Innes Center (JIC) UK and received her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Natasha Raikhel at UC Riverside. She joined the Department of Plant Sciences in January 2010.
Her research focuses on endomembrane trafficking in plant cells, in particular how trafficking pathways control cell wall biosynthesis and polysaccharide deposition. Dr. Drakakaki’s group employs multidisciplinary approaches: chemical genomics (the use of small molecules), organelle proteomics and genetics.
She mentors undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. She is a member of Plant Biology (PBGG) and the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) graduate groups. She is serving as a trainer in the NSF CREATE- REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) training grant (2010, 2011, 2012) and is a mentor for CREATE IGERT PhD students. She is a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology trainer and member of the UCD Energy Institute.