I am currently a doctorate student in the laboratory of Dr. John J. Finer at the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio. I am interested in plant biotechnology technique development and optimization, in understanding gene expression in plants, as well as in engineering improved traits in agricultural plants. My current research involves elucidating the function of plant promoters, and improving the efficiency and utility of gene-editing tools in legumes. Some of the research tools that I currently employ include molecular biology, fluorescence microscopy, CRISPR/Cas, automated image collection, and plant transformation. I also have prior research experience in plant pathology (Genetic and physical mapping of soybean resistance genes to Phytophthora sojae), as well as insecticide and insect resistance gene screening against soybean aphids. Besides research, I enjoy mentoring undergraduate interns and managing daily laboratory functions. I am grateful to be a part of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program, and I look forward to positively contribute in the ASPB research community.

Research Areas:
Gene Regulation, Genetics, Growth Regulation, Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology


A Gunadi, EA Dean, JJ Finer (2018) Transient transformation using particle bombardment for gene expression analysis. In (eds. S Kumar, P Barone, M Smith) "Transgenic Plants: Methods and Protocols" Springer, Dordrecht (in press).

CR Gedling, EM Ali, A Gunadi, JJ Finer, K Xie, Y Liu, N Yoshikawa, F Qu, AE Dorrance (2018) Improved apple latent spherical virus-induced gene silencing in multiple soybean genotypes through direct inoculation of agro-infiltrated Nicotiana benthamiana extract. Plant Methods 14: 19.

A Gunadi, JJ Finer (2017) Soybean (Glycine max) promoter characterization through CRISPRi. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology 53: S30.

A Gunadi, R Bansal, JJ Finer, A Michel (2017) Establishment of in vitro soybean aphids, Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae): a tool to facilitate studies of aphid symbionts, plant-insect interactions and insecticide efficacy. Pest Management Science 73(6): 1229-1235.

A Gunadi, PJ Rushton, LK McHale, AH Gutek, JJ Finer (2016) Characterization of 40 soybean (Glycine max) promoters, isolated from across 5 thematic gene groups. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 127(1): 145-160.

A Gunadi, CS Balk, S Lee, SK St Martin, AE Dorrance (2012) Soybean race-specific resistance Rps3a and Rps8 to Phytophthora sojae are not allelic. Phytopathology 102(9): 5.

A Gunadi, A Roberts, S Berry, AE Dorrance (2011) Linkage analysis of soybean Phytophthora root rot resistance loci on chromosome 13. Phytopathology 101(6): S66.

Volunteer Activities

  • Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Diversity Committee member, Wooster, Ohio (2017)
  • International Friendships volunteer, Wooster, Ohio (2013 - present)
  • Active volunteer at Plant Pathology Graduate Students Association, Wooster, Ohio (2010 - 2012)
  • Public Relations Chair and volunteer for Indonesian Students Association, Columbus, Ohio (2007 - 2010)
  • Active volunteer for Urban Concern Community Development, Columbus, Ohio (2005 - 2009)
  • High school intern at Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2004 - 2005)

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education