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Michael Gore

Associate Professor

310 Bradfield
(607) 255-5492

Research Focus

Michael Gore is an associate professor of molecular breeding and genetics for nutritional quality and international professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University, where he is a member of the faculty in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science. Michael is also a faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Cornell Institute for Food Systems. He holds a BS and MS from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a PhD from Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at Cornell, he worked as a Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS at the Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Arizona. His expertise is in the field of quantitative genetics and genomics, especially the genetic dissection of metabolic seed traits related to nutritional quality. He also develops and applies field-based, high-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding and genetics research. Michael teaches PLBRG 4070 - Nutritional Quality Improvement of Food Crops and PLBRG 4110 - High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping. He also teaches two short courses at the Tucson Plant Breeding Institute in Tucson, Arizona and other international locations, serves on the editorial boards of Crop Science, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, and Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, and serves as the Chair for the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC080)―the USDA-sponsored advisory group of representatives from land grant universities. His career accomplishments in plant breeding and genetics earned him the National Association of Plant Breeders Early Career Scientist Award in 2012, the American Society of Plant Biologists Early Career Award in 2013, and the Maize Genetics Executive Committee Early Career Excellence in Maize Genetics Award in 2016.

Awards and Honors

  • Early Career Excellence in Maize Genetics Award (2016) Maize Genetics Executive Committee
  • Early Career Award (2013) American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Early Career Scientist Award (2012) National Association of Plant Breeders

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Bridging Genetics, Genomics and Nutrition. North American Pulse Improvement Association Biannual Meeting. November 2015. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • On the Verge of a New Renaissance for Nutritional Genomics and High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping. June 2015. National Institute of Crop Science, Rural Development Administration. Wanju, Jeonbuk, Korea.
  • The Road to Food and Nutritional Security: Progress and Prospects for Climate‐Resilient High Provitamin A Maize. Winter Quarter 2015 Plant Sciences Seminar Series. February 2015. University of California, Davis. Davis, CA.
  • The road to food and nutritional security: Progress and prospects for climate-resilient high provitamin A maize. Genomic Selection. November 2014. German Seed Alliance GmbH. Eckernförde, Germany.
  • Closing the gap between genotype and phenotype with a next-generation platform in maize and cotton. National Maize Improvement Center of China. March 2014. China Agricultural University. Beijing, China.
  • Building a genetic foundation for maize biofortification. HarvestPlus-China Workshop. November 2013. HarvestPlus-China. Shenzhen, China.
  • The genetic dissection of stress-adaptive traits in cotton. PhenoDays: Imaging & Robotics for 21st Century Science. September 2013. Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. St. Louis, MO.
  • Next-generation platforms for complex trait dissection in maize and cotton. National Crops Resources Research Institute. August 2013. National Crops Resources Research Institute. Namulonge, Uganda.
  • The genetic architecture of tocopherol and tocotrienol synthesis in maize seed. Plant Metabolic Engineering. July 2013. Gordon Research Conference. Waterville Valley, NH.