Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation

Lab Affiliations

Work Experience

  • Intern at Fall Line Capital, Fall Line Capital


    San Mateo, CA

All Publications

  • Policy makers, genetic engineers, and an engaged public can work together to create climate-resilient plants. PLoS biology Archibald, B. N., Zhong, V., Brophy, J. A. 2023; 21 (7): e3002208


    As climate change affects weather patterns and soil health, agricultural productivity could decrease substantially. Synthetic biology can be used to enhance climate resilience in plants and create the next generation of crops, if the public will accept it.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.3002208

    View details for PubMedID 37440471

  • Transcriptional and post-transcriptional controls for tuning gene expression in plants. Current opinion in plant biology Zhong, V., Archibald, B. N., Brophy, J. A. 2022; 71: 102315


    Plant biotechnologists seek to modify plants through genetic reprogramming, but our ability to precisely control gene expression in plants is still limited. Here, we review transcription and translation in the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana with an eye toward control points that may be used to predictably modify gene expression. We highlight differences in gene expression requirements between these plants and other species, and discuss the ways in which our understanding of gene expression has been used to engineer plants. This review is intended to serve as a resource for plant scientists looking to achieve precise control over gene expression.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.pbi.2022.102315

    View details for PubMedID 36462457

  • Synthetic genetic circuits as a means of reprogramming plant roots. Science (New York, N.Y.) Brophy, J. A., Magallon, K. J., Duan, L., Zhong, V., Ramachandran, P., Kniazev, K., Dinneny, J. R. 2022; 377 (6607): 747-751


    The shape of a plant's root system influences its ability to reach essential nutrients in the soil and to acquire water during drought. Progress in engineering plant roots to optimize water and nutrient acquisition has been limited by our capacity to design and build genetic programs that alter root growth in a predictable manner. We developed a collection of synthetic transcriptional regulators for plants that can be compiled to create genetic circuits. These circuits control gene expression by performing Boolean logic operations and can be used to predictably alter root structure. This work demonstrates the potential of synthetic genetic circuits to control gene expression across tissues and reprogram plant growth.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.abo4326

    View details for PubMedID 35951698