Our Team

Prasanna Kankanala, Ph.D.

Director, Research & Development

Prasanna Kankanala, the Director of Research & Development at Trace Genomics, is dedicated to advancing agricultural solutions by leveraging the natural intelligence in plants, microbes, and soils using “omics” technologies, data science, and farmer expertise. With a Ph.D. in Genetics from Kansas State University, she possesses a robust skill set in microbiome analysis, molecular biology methods, plant-microbe interactions, assay development, and project management. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Noble Research Institute, she optimized microbiome pipelines, conducted groundbreaking research on pathogenesis mechanisms, and mentored lab technicians and interns. Prasanna has demonstrated her commitment to sustainable development through her leadership in agriculture, water, and education outreach projects in Nigeria, Uganda, and India.