Courtney P. Leisner
Department of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor

Office: 328 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Address: 101 Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1623

Fax: (334) 844-1645



NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow – Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Fellow – Michigan State University
Ph.D. Plant Biology – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.Sc. Botany – Washington State University
B.Sc Biology and Environmental Science – The College of William and Mary

Research and Teaching Interests

My overall research interests focus on understanding plant responses to their environment, with a focus on abiotic stress imposed by future climate change. Specifically, my research focuses on understanding plant responses to climate variability using a multi-faceted approach that integrates physiology, genomics, modeling and metabolomics. A major goal of my research program is to link complex physiological phenotypes associated with plant production, quality and nutritional losses with their underlying biochemical and genetic mechanisms in order to engineer a sustainable future food supply in light of global climate change. My teaching interests align with my research interests and are focused on plant physiology, plant specialized metabolites and genomics/bioinformatics.

Selected Publications

  1. Leisner, C.P., J.P. Hamilton, E. Crisovan, A.P. Marand, N.C. Manrique-Carpintero, L. Newton, G.M. Pham, J. Jiang, D.S. Douches, S.H. Jansky, C.R. Buell. 2018. Genome sequence of M6, a diploid inbred clone of the high glycoalkaloid-producing tuber-bearing potato species Solanum chacoense, reveals high residual heterozygosity. The Plant Journal. 94:562-570.

  2. Leisner, C.P., C.R. Yendrek, E.A. Ainsworth. 2017. Physiological and transcriptomic responses in the seed coat of field-grown soybean (Glycine max Merr.) to abiotic stress. BMC Plant Biology. 17:242.

  3. Leisner, C.P., J.C. Wood, B. Vaillancourt, Y. Tang, D.S. Douches, C.R. Buell, J.A. Winkler. 2017. Influence of choice of future climate change projection on interpretation of growth chamber experiments on agricultural impacts: A preliminary study in potato. International Journal of Biometeorology. 62:669-679.

  4. Leisner, C.P., M.O. Kamileen, M.E. Conway, S.E. O’Connor, C.R. Buell. 2017. Differential iridoid and antioxidant profiles across a diversity panel of 84 cultivated and wild blueberry species. PLoS One. 12:e0179417.

  5. Hardigan, M.A., E. Crisovan, J.P. Hamilton, J. Kim, P. Laimbeer, C.P. Leisner, N.C. Manrique-Carpintero, L. Newton, G.M. Pham, B. Vaillancourt, X. Yang, Z. Zeng, D.S. Douches, J. Jiang, R.E. Veilleux, C.R. Buell. 2015. Genome reduction uncovers a large dispensable genome and adaptive role for copy number variation in asexually propogated Solanum tuberosum. The Plant Cell. 28:388-405.

  6. Leisner, C.P., R. Ming, E.A. Ainsworth. 2014. Distinct transcriptional profiles of ozone stress in soybean (Glycine max) flowers and pods. BMC Plant Biology. 14:335.

  7. Yendrek, C.R., C.P. Leisner, E.A. Ainsworth. 2013. Chronic ozone exacerbates the reduction in photosynthesis and acceleration of senescence caused by limited N availability in Nicotiana sylvestrisGlobal Change Biology. 19:3155-3166.

  8. Betzelberger, A.M., C.R. Yendrek, J. Sun, C.P. Leisner, R.L. Nelson, D.R. Ort, E.A. Ainsworth. 2012. Ozone exposure-response for U.S. soybean cultivars: linear reductions in photosynthetic potential, biomass and yield. Plant Physiology. 160:1827-1839. (Cover article)

  9. Leisner, C.P., E.A. Ainsworth. 2012. Quantifying the effects of ozone on plant reproductive growth and development. Global Change Biology. 18:606-616.

  10. Leisner, C.P., A. Cousins, S. Offermann, T.W. Okita, G.E. Edwards. 2010. The effects of salinity on photosynthesis and growth of the single-cell Cspecies Bienertia sinuspersici (Chenopodiaceae). Photosynthesis Research. 106:201-214.

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