Lukas Mueller

Lukas Mueller
Office/Lab: 221
Phone: 607-255-6557
Office/Lab: 221
Office Phone: 607-255-6557
Affiliations: Adjunct Professor / Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics / School of Integrative Plant Science / Cornell University
Graduate Fields: Plant Breeding
Research Overview

In recent years, technological advances in fields such as sequencing have transformed certain aspects of biology into an information-based discipline.

To make this abundance of data—often called Big Data—useful to researchers and breeders, it needs to be organized and made accessible. Towards this goal, the Mueller lab designs and implements databases that assist scientists in their research and plant breeders in more efficient crop improvement.

Our databases and software make transcriptomic, genotypic and phenotypic data from thousands of experiments accessible to the public, often focusing on under-researched staple crops from food-insecure regions. A method called Genomic Selection that uses high-throughput genotyping technologies, such as genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), and large phenotyping data sets allows for rapid prediction of desirable traits in new plant crosses.

Based on these tools, the Mueller laboratory collaborates on a variety of different projects. With the Nextgen Cassava project, we have created Cassavabase, a database specifically designed for cassava breeders in Africa. We coordinate the Solanaceae Genomics Network—a compilation of all the genetic information known about solanaceous plants, such as tomato, petunia and Nicotiana. We are also developing breeding databases for yam, sweet potato and the cooking banana and we work with the Genomic and Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII) to streamline crop breeding for five staple crops—wheat, rice, maize, sorghum and chickpea. Finally, the Mueller group is involved in multiple genome sequencing projects, including tomato, coffee, petunia and Nicotania benthamiana.


Access to data and tools for breeders and researchers, including genomic selection algorithms and analysis capacity, a cassava genome browser, cassava ontology tools, phenotyping tools, and social networking.

Citrus Greening Solutions
A systems-based pipeline approach for delivering commercial, grove-deployable solutions using a novel therapeutic delivery strategy and citrus transgenics.

A breeding database designed for advanced breeding methods in banana breeding.

A collection of Root Tubers & Banana Databases, which hold genomic and phenotypic information for next generation breeding applications.

Sol Genomics Network
A site for genome data of Solanaceae species such as tomato, potato, and pepper, and related to the tomato genome sequencing project.

Part of the Genomics Tools for Sweet Potato (GT4SP) Improvement Project focused on developing a set of “next generation” breeder tools for African sweetpotato breeders in Africa.

A database about breeding data for Yam (genus Dioscorea). Yam species that are being used for breeding include , Dioscorea rotundata, Dioscorea cayenensis (both are native to Africa and the major cultivated species), Dioscorea aleata (native to Southeast Asia), and Dioscorea praehensilis, as well as several other species.

Intern Projects

Interns in the Mueller lab work on a variety of bioinformatics and genomics projects and gain experience in the following areas: genome assembly, structural and functional annotation, biochemical pathways, comparative genomics, ontology development and data presentation and visualization.

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Annotation of segmentation pathway genes in the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri
Miller, S., Shippy, T.D., Hosmani, P.S., Flores-Gonzalez, M., Mueller, Lukas A., Hunter, W.B., Brown…
The ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango genome reveals candidate genes for fruit quality
Mango Genome Consortium, Bally, I.S.E., Bombarely, A., Chambers, A.H., Cohen, Y., Dillon, N.L., Inne…
BMC Plant Biol..
Current status and impending progress for cassava structural genomics
Lyons, J.B., Bredeson, J.V., Mansfeld, B.N., Bauchet, G.J., Berry, J., Boyher, A., Mueller, Lukas A.…
Large-scale GWAS using historical data identifies a conserved genetic architecture of cyanogenic glucosides content in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz.) root
Ogbonna, A.C., Braatz de Andrade, L.R., Rabbi, I.Y., Mueller, Lukas A., de Oliverira, E.J., Bauchet,…
Plant J..
PEATmoss (Physcomitrella Expression Atlas Tool): a unified gene expression atlas for the model plant Physcomitrella patens
Fernandez-Pozo, N., Haas, F.B., Meyberg, R., Ullrich, K.K., Hiss, M., Perroud, P.F., Hanke, S., Krat…
Genome of Solanum pimpinellifolium provides insights into structural variants during tomato breeding
Wang, X., Gao, L., Jiao, C., Stravoravdis, S., Hosmani, P.S., Saha, S., Zhang, J., Mainiero, S., Str…
Nat Commun.
Draft Genome Sequence Resource of the Citrus Stem-End Rot Fungal Pathogen Lasiodiplodia theobromae CITRA15
Zheng, Q., Ozbudak, E., Liu, G., Hosmani, P.S., Saha, S., Flores-Gonzales, M., Mueller, Lukas A., Ro…
The Ontologies Community of Practice: A CGIAR Initiative for Big Data in Agrifood Systems
Arnaud, E., Laporte, M.A., Kim, S., Aubert, C., Leonelli, S., Miro, B., Cooper, L., Jaiswal, P., Kru…
High density genotype storage for plant breeding in the Chado schema of Breedbase
Morales, N., Bauchet, G.J., Tantikanjana, T, Powell, A.F., Ellerbrock, B.J., Tecle, I.Y., Mueller, L…
Development on Citrus medica infected with ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ has sex-specific and -nonspecific impacts on adult Diaphorina citri and its endosymbionts
Coates, L.C., Mahoney, J., Ramsey, J.S., Warwick, E., Johnson, R., MacCoss, M.J., Krasnoff, S.B., Ho…
PloS One.
Reinterpretation of ‘sperm pump’ or ‘sperm syringe’ function with notes on other male internal reproductive organs in the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)
Cicero, J.M., Hunter, W.B., Cano, L.M., Saha, S., Mueller, Lukas A., Brown, S.J.
Arthropod Struct Dev..
Molecular insight into cotton leaf curl geminivirus disease resistance in cultivated cotton (Gossypium hirsutum)
Ziaid, S.S., Naqvi, R.Z., Asif, M., Strickler, Susan, Shakir, S., Shafiq, M., Khan, A.M., Amin, I., …
Plant Biotechnol J..
Capsidiol-related genes are highly expressed in response to Colletotrichum scovillei during Capsicum annuum fruit development stages
Baba, V.Y., Powell, A.F., Ivamoto-Suzuki, S.T., Pereira, L.F.P., Vanzela, A.L.L., Giacomin, R.M., St…
Sci Rep..
Metabolic networks of the Nicotiana genus in the spotlight: content, progress and outlook
Foerster, H., Battey, J.N.D., Sierro, N., Ivanov, N.V., Mueller, Lukas A.
Brief Bioinform..
BrAPI-an Application Programming Interface for Plant Breeding Applications
Selby, P., Abeeloos, R., Backlund, J.E., Salida, M.B., Bauchet, G., Benites-Alfaro, O.E., Birkett, C…
Exploiting the diversity of tomato: the development of a phenotypically and genetically detailed germplasm collection.
Mata-Nicolas, E., Montero-Pau, J., Gimeno-Paez, E., Garcia-Carpintero, V., Ziarsolo, P., Menda, N., …
Hortic Res..
Longitudinal transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analysis of Citrus limon response to graft inoculation by ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus‘.
Ramsey, J.S., Chin, E.L., Chavez, J.D., Saha, S., Mischuk, D., Mahoney, J., Mohr, J., Robison, F.M.,…
J Proteome Res.
Independent evolution of ancestral and novel defenses in a genus of toxic plants (Erysimum, Brassicaceae)
Züst, T, Strickler, S.R., Powell, A.F., Mabry, M.E., An, H., Mirzaei, M., York, T., Holland, C.K., …
Longitudinal transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analyses of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck graft-inoculated with ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’.
Chin, E.L., Ramsey, J.S., Mishchuk, D.O., Saha, S., Foster, E., Chavez, J.D., Howe, K., Zhong, X., P…
J Proteome Res..
Transcriptomic analysis of cultivated cotton Gossypium hirsutum provides insights into host responses upon whitefly-mediated transmission of cotton leaf curl disease
Naqvi R.Z., Zaidi S.S., Mukhtar M.S., Amin I., Mishra B., Strickler, S., Mueller, Lukas A., Asif, M.…


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