Kelly Robbins is an assistant professor at Cornell University in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences. He holds a BS from the University of Tennessee and a MS and PhD from the University of Georgia. His expertise is in the area of quantitative genetics with a background in both plant and animal breeding. Current research is focused on advanced modeling and development of computational tools for research in bioenergy, genomic selection, phenomics, and plant phenotypic plasticity and adaptation.
Peter Selby has a BS in Software Engineering from Clarkson University. He has industry experience in all aspects of enterprise software development including design, UI development, backend development, dev ops, testing and project management. As BrAPI Coordinator, Peter is responsible for maintaining the BrAPI project and organizing the BrAPI community. He is the primary developer making enhancements to the BrAPI specification and the main point of contact for anyone who has questions or concerns about BrAPI. He also promotes the usage of BrAPI across organizations and is available to help architect and design solutions for passing plant breeding data between systems.
Mahlet Anche has a BS in animal sciences from Hawassa University, Ethiopia, and MS and PhD animal breeding and genetics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She did 2 years of Postdoctoral study in Aarhus University. Her interest lies in quantitative genetics of animals and plants, shifting more to plants. Currently, she is a postdoc working on the genetic analysis of end-of-season traits in Maize using phenotypic, GBS and remote sensing data
Evan Long grew up in Newberg, Oregon. He received a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University where he remained to attain a Master’s in Genetics and Biotechnology. Evan is currently a PhD student in the Dr. Kelly Robbins and Dr. Ed Buckler labs. He has previous experience in genome mapping, assembly, and annotation. His current projects include improving methods for genomic selection in African cassava breeding programs. Evan’s interests are in understanding and creating genomic resources for the improvement of plant crops. He hopes to apply this knowledge to increase food availability and agricultural sustainability, as well as instruct future generations of scientists.
Nicolas Morales is a PhD student working in the labs of Dr. Kelly Robbins and Dr. Lukas Mueller. Upon completing a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida he worked in industry and later moved to Boyce Thompson Institute as a web/database developer. There he developed database tools to assist breeders of cassava, banana, yam, sweet potato, maize, and solanaceous crops. His current research is focused on reaction norm models informed via aerial and ground based drone image phenotypes.
Sikiru has a BS in Agriculture and M.Sc. in Plant Breeding from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Currently, he is a PhD student (Plant Breeding) at West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana and a PhD research scholar at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), El-Batan, Mexico. At CIMMYT, Sikiru works with the Robbins Lab on his research: “Development of efficient protocols for training population design and resource allocation for genomic selection in the CIMMYT maize breeding program.
Christopher Hernandez is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Louisiana State University AgCenter, stationed in the Robbins Lab. Chris received his BS in Genetics and Agronomy at Iowa State University and a PhD in Plant Breeding from Cornell University. He has experience in field breeding, molecular breeding, and in applied quantitative genetics. His PhD work focused on using genomics to improve fruit quality traits in winter squash. Chris’s current work is aimed at breeding program optimization, in the context of an active rice breeding program, through the application of genomic, statistical, and computational methods.
Robbins Lab Alumni
Nicholas Santantonio: https://spes.vt.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/santantonio-nicholas.html