Josh Vandenbrink

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. John Kiss

(336) 334-5391
416 Eberhart Building


Ph.D., Clemson University


Currently my research focus is on the roles gravity and light play in plant growth and development.  When plants grow in the direction of a stimuli, this directed growth is termed “tropism.” My research utilizes facilities on the International Space Station (ISS) to study how plants grow and respond to light in the absence of gravity. This research helps us to elucidate the interaction between phototropic (light) and gravitropic (gravity) mediated growth responses.

Recent Publications:

Vandenbrink, J.P. and Kiss, J.Z. (2016) Space Flight Procedures and Operations Utilized During the Seeding Growth Experiments. Gravitational and Space Research 4, 38-46.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Herranz, R., Medina, F.J., Edelmann, R.E., Kiss, J.Z. (2016) A Novel Blue-Light Phototropic Response is Revealed in Roots of Arabidopsis thaliana in microgravity. Planta 244, 1201-1215.

Dauzart, A., Vandenbrink, J.P., Kiss, J.Z. (2016) The Effects of Clinorotation on the Host Plant, Medicago truncatula, and its Microbial Symbionts. Frontiers in Plant Science 4, 1-10.

Vandenbrink, J.P., and Kiss, J.Z. (2016) Space, the final frontier: A critical review of recent experiments performed in microgravity. Plant Science 243, 115-119.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Kiss, J.Z., Herranz, R., Medina, F.J. (2014) Light and gravity signals synergize in modulating plant development. Frontiers in Plant Science 5, 563 1-18.

Blackman, B.K., Vandenbrink, J.P., Brown, E.A., Harmer, S.L. (2014) Review: Turning heads: the biology of solar tracking in sunflower. Plant Science 224, 20-26.

Mukherjee, S., Sarkar, R., Vandenbrink, J., Acton, S., Blackman, B. (2014) Tracking Sunflower Circumnutation using Affine Parametric Active Contours. Proceedings of the Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation.  93-96.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Hammonds, R.E., Hilten, R.N., Das, K.C., Henson, J.M., Paterson, A.H., Feltus, F.A. (2013) Tissue specific analysis of bioconversion traits in the bioenergy grass Sorghum bicolor. Industrial Crops and Products 50, 118-130.

Hilten, R., Vandenbrink, J.P., Paterson, A.H. Feltus, F.A., Das, K.C. (2013) Linking isoconversional pyrolysis kinetics to compositional characteristics for multiple Sorghum bicolor genotypes. Thermochimica Acta 577, 46-52.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Goff, V., Jin, H., Kong, W., Paterson, A.H., Feltus, F.A. (2013) Identification of bioconversion quantitative trait loci in the interspecific cross Sorghum bicolor× Sorghum propinquum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 1-14.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Hilten, R., Das, K., Paterson, A.H., Feltus, F.A. (2013) Quantitative Models of Hydrolysis Conversion Efficiency and Biomass Crystallinity Index for Plant Breeding. Plant Breeding 132, 252-258.

Li, Z., Hu, Q., Zhou, M., Vandenbrink, J., Li, D., Menchyk, N., Reighard, S., Liu, H., Sun, D., Luo, H. (2013) Heterologous expression of OsSIZ1, a rice SUMO E3 ligase enhances broad abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic creeping bentgrass. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 11, 432-445.

Feltus, F.A. and Vandenbrink, J.P. (2012) Bioenergy Grass Feedstock:  Current Options and Prospects for Trait Improvement using Emerging Genetic, Genomic, and Systems Biology toolkits. Biotechnology for Biofuels 5, 80-100.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Hilten, R., Das, K., Paterson, A.H., Feltus, F.A. (2011) Analysis of Crystallinity Index and Hydrolysis Rates in the Bioenergy Crop Sorghum bicolor. BioEnergy Research 5, 387-397.

Vandenbrink, J.P., Delgado, M.P., Frederick, J.R., Feltus, F.A. (2010) A Sorghum diversity panel biofuel feedstock screen for genotypes with high hydrolysis yield potential.  Industrial Crops and Products 31, 444-448.