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Sindhuja Sankaran, Ph.D

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sankaran works in the Agricultural Automation Engineering research emphasis area of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Her research focus is on sensor technologies for crop phenotype monitoring to support plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture applications. Her work involves development and integration of opto-electronic, biological, and chemical sensor technologies for non-invasive, rapid, continuous monitoring of plant responses to environment, abiotic and biotic stressors, and other applications.

Research Interests

  • Automated system development for agricultural applications.
  • Proximal and remote sensing (UAV) technologies for high-throughput crop phenotyping.
  • Molecular phenotyping using olfactory protein-based biosensors and other techniques.

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Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran

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L.J. Smith Hall 202
Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6120

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My Research In the News

  • WSU secures more than $1.5 million for specialty crop research

    Oct 2017  | CAHNRS NEWS

    Seven research teams at Washington State University will enhance the competitiveness of Northwest crops by fighting devastating diseases and advancing sustainable agriculture, thanks to more than $1.5 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds from the Washington State and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture.

    To support Washington’s $3 billion apple and pear industry, its $734 million potato industry, and other important crops like fresh strawberries, cut peonies and cider apples, WSU crop scientists, engineers, plant pathologists, economists and other specialists will join forces.

    Enhanced nutrients for sustainable farming

    Specialty crop farmers commonly use manure to fertilize their soils. But manure … » More …

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