The Omics Era - A New Page in Plant Breeding
2018 Keynote Speakers
Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota
Bio: Dr. Aaron Lorenz is an Associate Professor of Soybean Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Soybean Breeding Program develops specialty, food-type, and general-use soybean varieties adapated to the Upper Midwest. Dr. Lorenz’s research focuses on the application of new technologies to plant breeding, the mining of genetic diversity for cultivar development, and the genetic architecture underlying complex traits. Many of his publications have explored the application and optimization of genomic selection for plant breeding. Dr. Lorenz teaches introductory plant genetics and breeding to undergraduates and advanced plant breeding to graduate students. He received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 2002, an M.S. in Plant Breeding from Iowa State in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin in 2008. Following his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cornell University from 2009 to 2010 and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska from 2010 to 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 2015.
Duke Pauli, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Bio: Dr. Duke Pauli is a new Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona where his lab focuses on elucidating the genetics of abiotic stress tolerance including heat and drought. He attended Montana State University where he received his PhD in Plant Genetics with an emphasis on the application of genomic-assisted breeding for the development of superior malting barley varieties for agricultural production. Upon completion of his PhD, he joined the lab of Dr. Michael Gore at Cornell University where his work centered on the use of field-based, high-throughput phenotyping technologies to investigate stress adaptive traits in cotton as well as the temporal dynamics of QTL expression. His future research is aimed at continued development and application of field-deployable technologies to better understand the physiological response of plants to adverse environmental conditions.
Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Bio: Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University. She is working in the Agricultural Automation Engineering research emphasis area of the department since 2013. Her research interests are towards advanced sensing techniques for high-throughput crop phenotyping, with special focus on the development of optical and chemical sensor-based tools for non-invasive, rapid and continuous crop monitoring applications. In 2015, she led a team to organize a conference on ‘Advances in field-based high-throughput phenotyping and data management’. She currently is leading phenomics aspect as a part of couple ongoing NIFA-AFRI grants, where her focus is on developing high-throughput phenotyping tools for field and postharvest crop trait evaluation in cereal, legume, and specialty crops. Sankaran holds a BS in Zoology, a MS in Environment Science, a MS in Environmental Engineering, and a PhD in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences
Texas A&M University
Bio: Dr. Keerti Rathore is a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the genetic improvement of crops through the development of protocols for efficient delivery of genes, optimal expression of transgenes, and rapid recovery of transgenic cotton, rice, and sorghum. Projects include regeneration from cell & tissue cultures, use of new reporter and selectable marker genes to understand and improve the transformation process, promoter analysis, enhancement of disease resistance in plants, conferring drought tolerance to crop plants, conferring insect resistance to crop plants, improving nutritional quality of seeds, and production of recombinant antibodies and vaccines in plants. He has recently applied for deregulation of transgenic localized suppressed of Gossypol with cotton seed, making his lab one of a handful of public programs that have released a deregulated transgenic crop. Additionally, his group is working on root rot nematode resistance and development of CRISPR/CAS protocols for cotton. Keerti holds a BS in Zoology/Botany/Chemistry, a MS in Plant Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology.
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