Plant Breeding Graduate Thesis Library

2014 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Career

John Patrick  
Hart, PhD                 

Genetics of Resistance to Potyviruses Impacting
Snap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Production in the United States

P. Griffiths

Postdoctoral
Research

Nicolas Didier
Heslot, PhD

Optimal Use of Phenotypic Data for Breeding      
Using Genomic Predictions                                                                 

M. Sorrells

Industry -
breeding

 

2013 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Career

Tingting Ma, MPS

Exploring and Characterizing Major Resistance Genes for Northern Leaf Blight in Maize

R. Nelson

Graduate Study

Yan Yan, MPS

An Overview of Meristems, Their Transitions During Plant Development, and Signals for These Transitions

W. De Jong

Graduate Research

Allison M Krill, MS

Genetics of Aluminum Tolerance in Maize

E. Buckler

Research Scientist

Philomin Juliana, MS

Association Mapping for Leaf Tip Necrosis and Pseudo Black Chaff in Relation to Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat

M. Sorrells

Graduate Study

Keith Richard Williams, PhD

The Genetics And Phenotyping of Seed Morphology in Hexaploid Wheat

M. Sorrells

Industry - breeding

Joshua Nathaniel Cobb, PhD

Combining Next-Generation Phenotyping and Genome-Wide Association Analysis to Explore the Genetic Architecture of Nutrient Acquisition in Domesticated Asian Rice (Oryza Sativa L.).

S. McCouch

Industry - breeding

Jacqueline Marie Benson, PhD

Resistance to Gray Leaf Spot of Maize: Underlying Genetic Architecture And Associated Mechanisms

R. Nelson

Industry - breeding

Tee Havananda, PhD

Relationships And Autopolyploid Evolution in the Medicago Sativa Complex (Alfalfa and Allies; Leguminosae)

J. Doyle

Academia

Sara Johanna Larsson, PhD

Analysis Of Flowering Time, Hybrid Vigor, Yield, And Lodging In Maize

E. Buckler

Industry - breeding

2012 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Career

Nai Chong Chen, MPS

The Improvement of Drought Tolerance in Maize

M. Smith

Graduate Research

Praghadeesh Manivannan, MPS

Potential for Commercialization of Genetically Modified Tomato in India

M. Mutschler

Academia

Devika Subash, MPS

 An Overview of Switchgrass and  Alfalfa - Two Potential Crops for Biofuels

D. Viands

Graduate Study

Ize Imai, MS

Development of Introgression Lines and Validation of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Conferring Transgressive Variation for Yield in Rice 

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral Research

Paola Burgos, MS

Genetics and Mechanisms of Powdery Mildew Resistance In Vitis Rupestris B38 and Vitis Vinifera_ Chardonnay

B. Reisch

Graduate Study

Jason Peiffer, PhD

An Analysis of Genetic Variation in Complex Traits of Maize

E. Buckler

Postdoctoral Research

Judson Ward, PhD

Transcriptome Analysis and Metabolite Profiling for Dissection of Mechanisms of Resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot (Phytophthora Rubi) in Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus L.)

C. Weber

Research Scientist

Gaganpreet Sidhu, PhD

Analysis of natural variation in recombination in maize

W. Pawlowski

Postdoctoral Research

2011 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Career

Shruti Anand II, MPS

A Feasibility Study of the Development and Commercialization of a Genetically-Modified Seedless Mango in India

R. Coffman

Research

Rosalane Kithan, MPS

Commercialization of “T-22” Trichoderma Harzianum Fungal Biocontrol Production in India

R. Coffman

 

Anitha Rajendran, MPS

Biofortification of Maize

M. Smith / T. Setter

 

Dhyaneswaran Palanichamy, MPS

Stem Rust Resistance Genes in Wheat

M. Sorrells

Graduate Study

Sandeep Tomar

Breeding Strategies for Stem Rust Resistance in Wheat

M. Sorrells

 

Dhivyaa Rajasundraram, MPS

Critical Assessment of Biosafety Issues in Commercialization of BT Eggplant in India

R. Coffman

 

Wenzhe Li, MPS

Analysis of Tomato Fruit Characteristics in Lines and Hybrids with Multiple-Disease Resistance

M. Mutschler

Research

Sarah Collier, PhD

Exploring the Source of Plant NB-LRR Disease Resistance Protein Signaling: Roles of CC and NB Domains in Pathogen Perception and Defense Induction

M. Jahn / W. De Jong

Postdoctoral Research

Elliot Lee Heffner, PhD

Predicting Genetic Value of Breeding Lines Using Genomic Selection in Winter Wheat Breeding Program

M. Sorrells

Research Scientist

2010 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Career

Patrice Dubois, PhD

Genetic and Molecular Characterization of Maize Response to Shade Signals

T. Brutnell

Research

Peter Hyde, MS

Practical Testing of Onion Hybrids Featuring Novel Botrytis Leaf Blight Resistance or Doubled Haploid  Parents 

M. Mutschler

 

Adam Famoso, PhD

Exploring the Genetic and Physiological Mechanisms of a 1 Tolerance in Rice(Oryza sativa L.)

S. McCouch

Research Scientist

Jason Cavatorta, PhD

Intragenic Virus Resistance in Potato

M. Jahn

Industry Breeder

Li Wei Chiu, PhD

Transposon insertion at the promoter of a MYB transcription factor resilts in ectopic anthocyanins accumulation in purple cauliflower (Brassica oleracea Lvar. Botrytis)

Li Li

Postdoctoral research

Michael Kovach, PhD

Exploring Evolution history of cultivated rice: The origin and evolution of fragrance and the genetic control of black hull coloration

S. McCouch

Industry Breeding

Luis Molina, PhD

Genetic dissection of DTH1.1, a transgressive flowering time QTL, expression and diversity analysis of flowering time genes in rice

S. McCouch

Industry Breeding

Jesse Poland, PhD

The genetic architecture of quantitative disease resistance in maize

R. Nelson

Research

Suthasinee Somyong, PhD

Comparative genetic analysis and fine mapping of a major pre-harvest sprouting QTL interval in white winter wheat

M. Sorrells

Research

Alejandro Zamora-Melendez, PhD

Genetic diversity and evolution of disease response genes in sorghum bicolor L. Moench and other cereals

S. Kresovich

Scientific Research

2009 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Yunting Dai, MSc

Multiple aleurone and opaque-2 mutant effects on micronutrient concentration in maize

M. Smith

Graduate study

Jeffrey Gordon, PhD

Reseeding tomato production in West Africa: Identification and deployment of high yielding cultivars resistant to tomato yellow leaf curl disease

M. Jahn

Business

Michael Gore, PhD

Whole-genome patterns of DNA variation in maize

E. Buckler

Government - research

Kari Perez, PhD

Deployment and characterization of recessive resistance gene Pvr1 in the solanaceae

M. Jahn

Postdoctoral research

Yongfei Zhang, PhD

Genetic analysis of potato tuber flesh pigmentation and shape

W. De Jong

Industry - breeding

2008 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Sokona Dagnoko, PhD

Dissecting heterosis in guinea race sorghum: Simultaneous analysis by conventional breeding

M. Smith

 

Hui Jiang, MSc

The evolutionary history of a domestication gene for grain size, GS3, in rice: Fine mapping origin, selection and dissemination of an allele conferring long grain

S. McCouch

Research institute

Seth Murray, PhD

Genetic and phenotypic diversity in sorghum for improvement as a biofuel feedstock

S. Kresovich

Academia

Cintia Hotta Orsi, PhD

Genetic, developmental, and molecular dissection of Sw4.1 - the major QTL underlying the evolution of increased seed size that accompanied the domestication of tomato

S. Tanksley

 

Ricardo Lobato Ortiz, PhD

Combining marker assisted selection, acylsugar assay and fruit related data in the creation and testing of a new generation of insect resistant tomato line

M. Mutschler

Academia

Maria Salas Fernandez, PhD

Genetic and phenotypic characterization of carotenoid content in sorghum grain

S. Kresovich

Academia

2007 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Liza Conrad, PhD

Activator/dissociation (Ac/Ds) mutagenesis and regulation in maize

T. Brutnell

Postdoctoral research

J. Arahon Hernandez-Guzman, PhD

Improving maize inbred line selection to develop high yielding and stable single cross hybrids using plant density as a selection criterion

M. Smith

 

Jesse Munkvold, PhD

Mapping of phenotypic and gene expression QTL related to preharvest sprouting and seed dormancy in white winter wheat

M. Sorrells

Postdoctoral research

Gregory Wilson, MSc

(non-thesis)

S. McCouch

 

Junyun Yang, MSc

Phenotypic and genotypic investigation of multiple disease resistance in maize

M. Smith

Graduate study

2006 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Jason Cavatorta, MSc

Studies of the GSB-1 locus for resistance to gummy stem blight disease of melon and breeding for powdery mildew resistance in cucurbits

M. Jahn

Graduate study

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, PhD

Cloning and characterization of the rice bacterial blight disease resistance gene XA5

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral research

Wing Yee Liu, MSc

Comparative genetics of resistance to phytophthora in pepper and strategies to improve marker resources

M. Jahn

Industry - breeding

Megan Sweeny, PhD

The cloning and evolutionary history of Rc, a gene controlling red pericarp in rice

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral research

Isaak Tecle, PhD

Responses from phenotypic selection for cell wall components and correlated responses in digestibility in Alfalfa

D. Viands

Postdoctoral research

Randall Wisser, PhD

The genetic architecture of quantitative resistance in the cereal

R. Nelson

Postdoctoral research

Inhwa Yeam, PhD

Functional analysis of a translation initiation factor encoded by recessive potyvirus resistance allele at the PVR1 locus in Capsicum

M. Jahn

Postdoctoral research

2005 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Flavio Breseghello, PhD

Genetic analysis of kernel morphology and quality in hexaploid wheat using linkage and association approaches

M. Sorrells

Government - research

Molly Cadle-Davidson, PhD

Mechanisms of resistance to bean common mosaic virus conferred by the I locus in Phaseolus vulgaris L.

M. Jahn

Government - research

Kai-Yi Chen, PhD

Genetic, developmental, and molecular characterization of SE2.1: A major stigma exsertion QTL associated with the evolution from allogamy to autogamy in tomatoes

S. Tanksley

Postdoctoral research

Jeremy Edwards, PhD

Origins and distribution of allelic diversity in populations of wild and cultivated rice and phenotypic consequences of admixture at a complex flowering time locus

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral research

Chun Suk Jung, PhD

Identities of the P and D loci in potato (Solanum tubersoum L.)

W. De Jong

 

Frank Kutka, PhD

New and historical issues concerning open-pollinated maize cultivars in the United States

M. Smith

Extension

Katy Rainey, PhD

Inheritance and analysis of high temperature tolerance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)

P. Griffiths

Academia

2004 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Luz Stella Barrero Menses, PhD

Genetic and developmental characterization of locule number of loci in tomato with emphasis on the fasciated locus

S. Tanksley

Postdoctoral research

Amanda Garris, PhD

A molecular population genetics approach to trait discovery in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

S. Kresovich

Government - research

Carlos Harjes, PhD

Advanced back cross analysis of Zea mays x Zea diploperennis: Identification and verification of novel QTL with agronomic importance in hybrid maize

M. Smith

Postdoctoral research

Carlos La Rota, PhD

Comparative analysis of wheat and rice genomes based on DNA sequence

M. Sorrells

Postdoctoral research

Muhamad Yunus, PhD

QTL associated with rice seed dormancy, days to heading and pericarp color, and comparative analysis of seed dormancy

M. Sorrells

Government - research

Ahmed Maher Wally, PhD

Association of Lycopersicon pennellii introgressions with acylsugar level or deficiencies in horticultural type in acylsugar breeding lines

M. Mutschler

 

2003 Graduates

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title AdvisOr Career

Ayman Ali Diab, PhD

Genomic analysis of drought tolerance in wheat and barley

M. Sorrells

Research institute

James Frantz, PhD

Resistance studies in pepper (Capsicum spp.) and Melon (Cucumis melo)

M. Jahn

Industry - breeding

James Gethi, PhD

The striga problem: genetic resistance in maize, diversity, and soil seed banks in Coast, Western and Nyanza provinces of Kenya

M. Smith

Government - research

Elizabeth Graznak, MSc

Identification of agronomic traits associated with quantitative trait loci in a recombinant inbred line population of tef (Eragrostis tef)

M. Sorrells

Business - agriculture

Min-Jea Kim, PhD

Characterization of the late blight resistance of Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium accession L3708, and its transfer to elite processing tomato lines

M. Mutschler

Postdoctoral research

Jiming Li, PhD

QTL analysis of grain quality traits, fine mapping and genetic characterization of a grain weight QTL in rice

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral research

Mande Semon, PhD

Analysis of evolutionary history, population structure and genetic diversity of Oryza glaberrima Steud based on microsatellite markers

S. McCouch

Postdoctoral research

Muhammet Tonguc, PhD

Evaluation and introgression of black rot (Xanthomonas campestris PV. campestris) resistance in Brassica oleracea L. and related species

P. Griffiths

Postdoctoral research