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About Rahul Roy

Rahul Roy is a plant molecular biologist focusing on the mechanisms of nectar production in flowering plants and plant root movements. He teaches Foundations of Biology, Environmental Biology, Plant Biology and Senior Seminar writing courses at St. Kate's. His lab research focuses on the biochemical analysis of colorful nectar, dissecting genetic networks in nectar production of model flowers and the morphometry of plant root movement in response to touch and gravity. As a student researcher in the Roy lab you will train in microscopy, genetic, biochemical, cellular and molecular techniques to elucidate biological networks. Dr. Roy's research has been funded by NASA, NSF, USDA and LCCMR.

He has mentored >15 undergraduate and graduate researchers. Dr. Roy believes in trauma-informed pedagogy and creating safe spaces for students to practice science and communicate it effectively. Students in the Roy lab learn to ask foundational scientific questions, think critically, formulate hypothesis, design experiments, analyze data and disseminate results. He also advises the BioClub and helps coordinate efforts on campus for community gardening, pollinator friendly spaces and outreach with K-12.

When not teaching science or tinkering in the lab, he gardens with his family, devours electronic music, pretends he is on a "Chopped" episode in his kitchen, hammock camps on hiking trails and hopes for peace on the planet.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Biology Department



2022 - Present Community of Neighboring and National Entrepreneurial Centers and Trainees (CONNECT) Network
National Science Foundation - 2216826
Role: coPI
Colleague(s): Dr. Katherine Campbell
2022 - Present How Do Prescribed Fires Affect Native Prairie Bees
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
Role: Project Partner & Collaborator
2021 - 2022 Effect of rhizosphere pH on root movement
3M Research Grant
Role: PI
2020 - 2022 NSF-Research Opportunity Award
National Science Foundation
Biochemical analysis of colorful nectar
2018 - 2020 USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship
US Dept. of Agriculture
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, Botanical Society of America
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Honors and Awards

  • Brown Graduate Award, Iowa State University
  • Graduate College's Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University


  • BIOL 4860W Senior Seminar w/ Career Readiness
  • BIOL 3100 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 1720 Foundations of Biology II
  • BIOL 1110 Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 4850W Senior Seminar
  • BIOL 1710 Foundations of Biology


PhD, Iowa State University ‐ Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

Contact Information

Mendel 37
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN 55105


Publications (7)

Research Works (7)