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Faculty:

Michael Gore – Associate Professor

Michael Gore is an associate professor of molecular breeding and genetics for nutritional quality, Liberty Hyde Bailey professor, 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.

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Postdoctoral Associates:

Haixiao Hu – Postdoctoral Associate

Haixiao Hu – Postdoctoral Associate

Before coming to Cornell, I worked in the community of corn genetics and breeding for my MS and PhD at China Agricultural University and University of Hohenheim, respectively. Now I am working on a more challenging but fascinating species ―hexaploid oats (Avena sativa...

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Meng Lin – Postdoctoral Associate

Meng Lin – Postdoctoral Associate

As next-generation sequencing technology generates tons of genotype data, more efforts are desired to explore information that reveals genetic basis for biological traits. My interest is to dissect genetic regions and configure genetic architectures of quantitative...

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Ethan Stewart – Postdoctoral Associate

Ethan Stewart – Postdoctoral Associate

Linking genotypes to phenotypes is a key component of both plant breeding and fundamental research. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology has allowed large scale collection of genotypic information relatively easily and cheaply and have greatly outpaced...

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Weizhen Liu – Postdoctoral Associate

Weizhen Liu – Postdoctoral Associate

I am working on effective water use (EWU) in maize and wheat. One of my objectives is to measure EWU using high-throughput phenotyping technologies. Another objective is to characterize the genetic architecture controlling these traits using genome-wide association...

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Roberto Lozano – Postdoctoral Associate

Roberto Lozano – Postdoctoral Associate

I recently graduated from the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program here at Cornell. Under Jean-Luc Jannink’s supervision, my Ph.D. Research focused on implementing Whole Genome Prediction (WGP) models accounting for functional genomics information in cassava. Now, at...

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Graduate Students:

Matheus Baseggio – Graduate Student

Matheus Baseggio – Graduate Student

I am interested in improving nutritional quality of sweet corn, which will benefit breeders, growers, and consumers not only in NY, but throughout the country. I will be conducting a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to identify genes and favorable alleles...

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Jenna Hershberger – Graduate Student

Jenna Hershberger – Graduate Student

My research interests lie at the intersection of international agriculture/rural development, nutrition, and powerful genomic tools. In order to apply these tools effectively, a large amount of phenotypic information must be gathered and analyzed quickly and...

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Paula Iragaba – Graduate Student

Paula Iragaba – Graduate Student

I am interested in breeding cassava varieties that suit the needs and trait preferences of cassava small-scale farmers. I will be working closely with small-scale cassava farmers to examine their cassava trait preferences. There after I will optimize protocols for...

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Margaret Krause – Graduate Student

Margaret Krause – Graduate Student

I am conducting research to exploit spatial and environmental variation in cropping systems for plant breeding and agronomic management. I have joined effort with the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association to optimize variable rate planting rate technologies to...

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Gregory Vogel – Graduate Student

Gregory Vogel – Graduate Student

I am working to improve strategies to minimize crop losses caused by the broad host range plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici. My research includes both identifying quantitative resistance genes in Cucurbita pepo and furthering understanding of how isolated field...

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Di Wu – Graduate Student

Di Wu – Graduate Student

My research is mainly focused on the nutritional quality of maize grain. This is in an effort to solve malnutrition problem throughout the world, especially in developing regions. I am working on ionomics and tocochromanol contents in maize Ames panel, using genetic...

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Research Support Specialists:

Dan Ilut – Research Support Specialist

Dan Ilut – Research Support Specialist

My research interest is in non-model genomics, and in particular genome evolution through polyploidy (whole genome duplication). Previous non-model work includes comparative genomics of frog fungal parasites, comparative polyploid transcriptomics of wild soybean...

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Nicholas Kaczmar – Lab Manager

Nicholas Kaczmar – Lab Manager

I am the lab and field manager of the Gore lab, a ‘jack of all trades’ who is ready to deal with day to day issues affecting the research of our members. My work is varied and challenging, yet rewarding- with duties ranging from maintaining our sweet corn research...

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