Lovely Mae Lawas

Lovely Mae Lawas

Postdoctoral research associate

Research group: Crop breeding technologies

Lovely Mae Lawas


I study plant responses to abiotic stresses using molecular, biochemical, and physiological approaches. My interest in research started when I conducted undergraduate thesis for my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Afterwards, I worked as a Researcher at the International Rice Research Institute while pursuing a master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from UPLB. I then moved to Germany and obtained my doctoral degree from the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, where I studied the effects of combined drought and heat stress on rice. I then did postdoctoral research on plant natural products and elevated temperature impacts in blueberry at Auburn University in the US. In Natasha Yelina’s lab, I will be investigating reproductive heat tolerance with a focus on meiosis in cowpea and Arabidopsis.



ranscriptome-based identification and functional characterization of iridoid synthase involved in monotropein biosynthesis in blueberry.

Date: 11 July 2023

Contributors: Lawas LMF, Kamileen MO, Buell CR, O’Connor SE, Leisner CP

Journal: Plant Direct


There and back again; historical perspective and future directions for Vaccinium breeding and research studies.

Date: 9 June 2022

Contributors: Edger PP, Iorizzo M, Bassil NV, Benevenuto J, Ferrão LFV, Giongo L, Hummer K, Lawas LMF, Leisner CP, Li C, et al.

Journal: Horticulture Research,


Warm nights disrupt global transcriptional rhythms in field-grown rice panicles.

Date: 21 June 2021

Contributors: Desai JS, Lawas LMF, Valente AM, Leman AR, Grinevich DO, Jagadish SVK, Doherty CJ



Physiological and molecular attributes contribute to high night temperature tolerance in cereals

Date: 25 March 2021

Contributors: Schaarschmidt S, Lawas LMF, Kopka J, Jagadish SVK, Zuther E

Journal: Plant, Cell and Environment


Utilizing PacBio Iso-seq for novel transcript and gene discovery of abiotic stress responses in Oryza

Date: 20 October 2020

Contributors: Schaarschmidt S, Fischer A, Lawas LMF, Alam R, Septiningsih EM, Bailey-Serres J, Jagadish SVK, Huettel B, Hincha DK, Zuther E

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Science


Season affects yield and metabolic profiles of rice (Oryza sativa) under high night temperature stress in the field

Date: 23 April 2020

Contributors: Schaarschmidt S, Lawas LMF, Glaubitz U, Li X, Erban A, Kopka J, Jagadish SVK, Hincha DK, Zuther E

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Science

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