- Synthetic Biology - metabolic engineering of flax and industrial hemp for production of bioactive molecules
- Sustainable Bioenergy - developing abiotic stress tolerance in bioenergy crops (Switchgrass, Miscanthus, Sweet Sorghum, Camelina, Jatropha, and Simarouba)
- Genetic Diversity - evaluating genetic diversity using molecular markers (RFLP, RAPD, Microsatellite)
- Disease Resistance - developing blight resistance in American Chestnut
- Molecular Pharming - production of oral plant derived vaccines for diabetes, malaria, IBDV in chickens
- Genomics - genome wide search for genes related to Apomixis in the gamagrass Tripsacum
- Proteomics - identifying proteins to develop resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses and study the mechanisms of seed germination
- Transcriptomics – approach to study genes expressed under salt stress in Camelina sativa var. Suneson
- Metabolomics – nutritional profiling of organic, hydroponic, aquaponic, and cultivated tomatoes
- Improving profitability for greenhouse growers using hydroponics technology
- Reclamation of abandoned mine lands in Pennsylvania by growing bioenergy crops such as Camelina sativa, Switchgrass, and Miscanthus, and industrial hemp
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The Research Experience for Undergraduates in Sustainable Bioenergy, an NSF-supported Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (IUR-SSEF), ran from 2011-2015.