Lewis Lukens

Lewis Lukens
Associate Professor



(519) 824-4120 x52304


(519) 763-8933


B.A. Carleton College Northfield, MN USA
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, USA


Crop Science Building


326 CRSC

lukenspicWe are investigating a variety of  questions in the areas of bioinformatics and zea_squantitative genetics. Our research effort focuses on maize as well as other plant species.



BIOL*3300 Applied Bioinformatics
PLNT*6260 Advanced Plant Genetics I
PLNT*6500 Applied Bioinformatics

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Selected Publications:

Doust, A.N.*, L. Lukens*, K.M. Olsen*, M. Mauro-Herrera and A. Meyer, K. Rogers. (2014) Beyond the single gene – do epistasis and gene-by-environment effects influence crop domestication? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. * Equal contributors

Liseron-Monfils C., Y.M. Bi , G.S. Downs, W. Wu , T. Signorelli, G. Lu, X. Chen, E. Bondo, T. Zhu, L. Lukens, J. Colasanti, S. Rothstein and M. Raizada. (2013). Nitrogen transporter and assimilation genes exhibit developmental stage-selective expression in maize (Zea mays L.) associated with distinct cis-acting promoter motifs. Plant Signaling & Behavior. 8 (10): e26056.

Zhan, S. and L. Lukens. (2013). Protein-Coding cis-Natural Antisense Transcripts Have High and Broad Expression in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 161 (4): 2171-2180.

Downs, G.S., Y.M. Bi, J. Colasanti, W. Wu, X. Chen, T. Zhu, S.J. Rothstein and L.N. Lukens. (2013). A Developmental Transcriptional Network for Maize Defines Coexpression Modules. Plant Physiology. 161 (4): 1830-1843.

Lukens, L. and G.S. Downs. (2012). Bioinformatics techniques for understanding and analyzing tree gene expression data. Genomics of Tree Crops. 17-38. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-0920-5_2.

Moore, S. and L. Lukens. (2011). An evaluation of Arabidopsis thaliana hybrid traits and their genetic control. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 1: 571-579. DOI:10.1534/g3.111.001156.

Khanal, R., H. Earl, E. Lee, and L. Lukens (2011). Genetic architecture of flowering time and related traits in two early flowering maize lines. Crop Science, 51: 146-156.

L. Lukens and S. Zhan (2010). Plant bioinformatics and microarray technologies. Murray Moo-Young (ed). Comprehensive Biotechnology. 2nd ed. 4: 149-163.

Page, E.R., M. Tollenaar, E.A. Lee, L. Lukens and C.J. Swanton. (2010). Shade avoidance: an integral component of crop-weed competition. Weed Research. 50: 281-288.

Zhan, S. and L. Lukens. (2010). Identification of novel miRNAs and miRNA dependent developmental shifts of gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. PloS ONE. 5 (4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010157.

Palomeque, L., L. Liu, W. Li, B. Hedges, E. Cober, M. Smid, L. Lukens and I. Rajcan. (2009). Validation of mega-environment universal and specific QTL associated with seed yield and agronomic traits in soybeans. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 120: 997-1003.

Page, E., M. Tollenaar, E. Lee, L. Lukens and C.J. Swanton. (2009). Does the shade avoidance response underlie the critical period for weed control in maize (Zea mays L.)? Weed Research. 49: 563–571.

Page. E.R., M. Tollenaar, E.A. Lee, L. Lukens and C.J. Swanton. (2009). Timing, effect, and recovery from intraspecific competition in maize. Agronomy Journal. 102: 1007-1013.

Iniguez-Luy, F., L. Lukens, M. Farnham, R. Amasino and T. Osborn. (2008). Development of public immortal mapping populations, molecular markers, and linkage maps for rapid cycling /Brassica rapa/ and /B. oleracea/. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 120: 131-43.

Lukens, L. and S. Zhan. (2007). The plant genome's methylation status and response to stress: Implications for plant improvement. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 10: 317-322. [PDF - 146KB]

Lukens, L., J. C.Pires, E. Leon, R. D. Vogelzang, L. Oslach and T. Osborn. (2006). Patterns of sequence loss and cytosine methylation within a population of newly resynthesized Brassica napus allopolyploids. Plant Physiology. 140: 336-348. [PDF - 337 KB]

Zhan, S., J. Horrocks, and L. Lukens. (2006). Islands of co-expressed neighbouring genes in Arabidopsis thaliana suggest higher order chromosome domains. Plant Journal. 45: 347-357. [PDF - 126 KB]

Ghosh, A. K., L. Lukens, D. Hunter and J.N. Strommer. (2006). European and Asian pears: SSR/PAGE-based analysis of commercially important North American cultivars. HortScience. 41: 304-309. [PDF - 520 KB]

Parkin, I., S. Gulden, A. Sharpe, L. Lukens, T.C. Osborn and D.J. Lydiate. (2005). Segmental structure of the Brassica napus genome based on comparative analysis with Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics. 171: 765-781.

Wang, H., T. Nussbaum-Wagler, B. Li, Q. Zhao, Y. Vigouroux, M. Faller, K. Bomblies, L. Lukens and J. Doebley. (2005). The origin of the maize ear by regulatory evolution. Nature. 436: 714-719.