Cuong The Nguyen - Posdoctoral Research Associate

Contact Information

201 Life Science Center

1201 Rollins Road
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Email: ctn5y7 at
Lab Phone No.: (573) 884 4799


2016 – Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri.

2009 – Ph.D. Student (major: plant breeding, genetics, and genomics; minor: bioinformatics) at the Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri.

2001 – MSc in Computer Application in Agriculture, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, India

1994 – BSc in Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Cantho University, Vietnam

Professional Experiences

1994-1999: Research assistant at the Department of Farming Systems, Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, Vietnam.

2001-2009: Information management, the Department of Scientific Management, Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, Vietnam.


– Role of extracellular ATP in plants (Next-Generation BioGreen 21 Program, South Korea)

– A resource for functional genomics to support soybean genetics and breeding (NSF grant).

– Identification and characterization of novel plant genotypes for soybean seed trait improvement using fast neutron irradiated mutants (MSMC grant).

– Characterization of genetic lesions and yield potential of two fast neutron mutants with high seed-per-pod value traits (MSMC grant).

– Identification and characterization of novel plant genotypes for soybean seed trait improvement
using fast neutron irradiated mutants (MSMC grant).

– Network-guided modification of soybean meal composition (United Soybean Board grant).


Cho SH., Nguyen C.T., Choi J., Stacey G. (2017) Molecular Mechanism of Plant Recognition of Extracellular ATP. In: . Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer, Boston, MA
Hossain MS, Kawakatsu T, Kim KD, Zhang N, Nguyen CT, Khan SM, Batek JM, Joshi T, Schmutz J, Grimwood J, et al (2017) Divergent cytosine DNA methylation patterns in single-cell, soybean root hairs. New Phytol 2017.
Liao D, Cao Y, Sun X, Espinoza C, Nguyen CT, Liang Y, Stacey G (2017) Arabidopsis E3 ubiquitin ligase PLANT U-BOX13 (PUB13) regulates chitin receptor LYSIN MOTIF RECEPTOR KINASE5 (LYK5) protein abundance. New Phytol 2017.

Stacey, M.G., Cahoon, R.E., Nguyen, H.T., Nguyen, C.T., Cui, Y., Sato, S., Phoka, N., Clark, K.M., Liang, Y., Batek, J.M., et al. (2016). Identification of Homogentisate Dioxygenase as a Target for Vitamin E Biofortification in Oilseeds. Plant Physiol. pp.00941.2016.

Nguyen, C.T., Tanaka, K., Cao, Y., Cho, S.-H., Xu, D., and Stacey, G. (2016). Computational Analysis of the Ligand Binding Site of the Extracellular ATP Receptor, DORN1. PLOS ONE 11, e0161894.

Valdés-López, O., Batek, J., Gomez-Hernandez, N., Nguyen, C.T., Isidra-Arellano, M.C., Zhang, N., Joshi, T., Xu, D., Hixson, K.K., Weitz, K.K., et al. (2016). Soybean Roots Grown under Heat Stress Show Global Changes in Their Transcriptional and Proteomic Profiles. Front. Plant Sci 517.

Cao, Y., Tanaka, K., Nguyen, C.T., and Stacey, G. (2014a). Extracellular ATP is a central signaling molecule in plant stress responses. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 20, 82–87.

Cao, Y., Liang, Y., Tanaka, K., Nguyen, C.T., Jedrzejczak, R.P., Joachimiak, A., and Stacey, G. (2014b). The kinase LYK5 is a major chitin receptor in Arabidopsis and forms a chitin-induced complex with related kinase CERK1. eLife Sciences e03766.

Wang, J., Tóth, K., Tanaka, K., Nguyen, C.T., Yan, Z., Brechenmacher, L., Dahmen, J., Chen, M., Thelen, J.J., Qiu, L., et al. (2014). A soybean acyl carrier protein, GmACP, is important for root nodule symbiosis. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 27, 415–423.

Tanaka, K., Nguyen, C.T., Liang, Y., Cao, Y., and Stacey, G. (2013). Role of LysM receptors in chitin-triggered plant innate immunity. Plant Signal Behav 8.

Kiwamu Tanaka, Cuong T. Nguyen (2012). Role of soybean ecto-apyrase in nodulation. International Plant and Animal Genome Conference XX 2012, San Diego, CA (; 01/2012

Tanaka, K., Nguyen, C.T., Libault, M., Cheng, J., and Stacey, G. (2011). Enzymatic Activity of the Soybean Ecto-Apyrase GS52 Is Essential for Stimulation of Nodulation1[W][OA]. Plant Physiol 155, 1988–1998.

Cuong N.T., Lai N.X., Thao N.H., Roetter R., Marrit van Den Berg. 2005. Application of system analysis methodology for integrated resource management and land use planning: Omon Case Study. Paper presented at First Asia-Europe Workshop on Sustainable Resource Management and Policy Options for Rice Ecosystems (SUMAPOL 2005), 11 – 14 May 2005, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China.

Lai N.X., Jansen D.M., Hoanh C.T., Cuong N.T., Hung P.Q. & Nga N.T.P. 1998. SysNet methodology development in Vietnam. SysNet Research Paper Series No. 1 (1998): Exchange of Methodologies in Land Use Planning. 153 p.

Ho Le Thi, Luu Hong Man, Duong Van Chin, Nguyen The Cuong, B.A. Auld and S.D. Hetherington, 1998. Prospect for biological control of paddy weed Echinochloa spp. and Leptochloa chinensis in the Mekong Delta. OmonRice Journal, CLRRI, Vol. 6, pp 94-99.