Research Group: Michael Gore
Improvement of nutritional quality in sweet corn. Conducting a genome-wide association study to identify genes and favorable alleles responsible for quantitative variation of grain carotenoid and tocochromanol levels in a sweet corn diversity panel.
Research Group: Michael Mazourek
Development of cucumber cultivars with multigenic resistance to downy mildew. Elucidation of genes contributing to resistance of downy mildew in cucumber and powdery mildew in squash. Development of next-generation genomic resources in cucumber, squash, and pea.
Research Group: Margaret Smith
Nutritional enhancement of maize as a sustainable method of targeting the malnourished in developing countries. My current research topic will use an ionomic profiling system to identify the genetic factors that determine the maize grain ionome in multiple environments in parallel to genome wide association studies to identify micronutrient-related QTL.
Research Group: Jean-Luc Jannink (Lab)
Multi-trait multi-environment genomic selection (GXE interaction), design of breeding programs, experimental designs and data analysis in plant breeding, cassava breeding for improved nutrients, better yield and industrial purposes.
Research Group: Walter De Jong
The recent development of the SolCAP SNP chip, which simultaneously interrogates 8303 SNPs for polymorphism, makes QTL mapping possible in 4x potato. Studying to make QTL maps for chip color, specific gravity, and resistance to pathotype Ro2 of the golden cyst nematode using the population from a cross between 4x clones NY121 (Ro2 resistant) and NY115 (excellent chip color form cold storage) with the SolCAP SNP chip.
Research Group: Edward Buckler (Lab)
PhD research interests are evolution, domestication and biological diversity. In particular, I am focused on maize landraces, both in terms of population genetics and the genetic control of quantitative traits, including flowering time and plant height.
Research Group: Rebecca Nelson (Lab)
Dissecting the mechanism of the Ht2 major resistance gene in maize and developing high-throughput methods of screening maize for resistance to leaf and ear diseases.