Noel Mano

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Mano was inspired to study genetics and the biotechnology of plants from afternoons reading National Geographic’s reporting on agricultural systems and the 2007-2008 world food price crisis. His interests in the field led him first to the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and then to Purdue University in Indiana. Along the way, he shifted his focus from food crops to the diversity of anatomy and development in North American temperate plant species. His earned Ph.D. in Botany incorporated work in genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant anatomy, and plant physiology.

He arrives at Heidelberg excited to inspire students’ appreciation for this kind of interrelatedness across levels of life. Dr. Mano is keen to pursue research in multiple streams toward understanding the fundamental question of why plants look the way they do. He hopes to support and encourage student research into this question, whether that is through an interest in genetics, tissue sectioning, or plant anatomy and physiology.

Courses Taught

BIO 123: Biology I
BIO 223: Genetics
BIO 224: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 311: Biology Seminar

Research Interests

Plant anatomy/development, plant physiology, diversity of gene expression in plants, plant responses to the environment, representation of non-model plant species

Noel Mano
Noel Mano
Bareis Hall 133
nmano [at]