The Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium is fully organized by a committee of graduate students studying plant breeding and related sciences.

 

Acting Committee


Francisco Gomez

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

francisco.gomez@tamu.edu

Francisco is a third-year Ph.D. student in plant breeding and a former BTD-NSF Fellow, working at the Texas A&M Sorghum Breeding Program under Dr. Bill Rooney. Francisco's current research focuses on investigating the genetic architecture and identification of QTL associated with mechanical traits that are known to be associated with stem lodging. Francisco is also working on developing high-throughput imaging techniques including x-ray computed tomography to predict morphological and mechanical traits in sorghum. Francisco was born in Texas but raised in Honduras where he spent most of his childhood. Francisco is a second generation plant breeder and Aggie. He received his B.S. in Agriculture Operations Management from the University of Florida and his M.S. in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. His career goals are to become an agricultural scientist and breeder at an elite agriculture academic institution.


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Ammani Kyanam

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

akyanam@tamu.edu

Ammani is a PhD student is the plant breeding, working in the Texas A&M Sorghum Breeding program under the guidance of Dr. William L. Rooney. Her current research is focused in identification and mapping for QTL associated with sugarcane aphid resistance. She is a native of Andhra Pradesh, India. She received her B.S. in Agricultural Sciences in Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University and her M.S. in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. She is the current president of the Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization at Texas A&M and current Graduate Student Representative of the NAPB Communication Committee.


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Steve Anderson

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

andersst@tamu.edu

Steve is currently a Ph.D. student under Dr. Seth Murray in the Quantitative Genetics and Maize Breeding Program. His current research is focused on implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for high throughput phenotyping of maize (Zea mays L.) height estimates. He received his M.S. in Plant Breeding at Texas A&M University and his B.S. in Biology at the University of Central Florida. Steve grew up in Naples, FL.


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Drutdaman Bhangu

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

ddbhangu1@tamu.edu

Daman is from St.Louis, Missouri.  He is currently pursing his PhD under Dr. Wayne Smith and Dr.Hongbin Zhang in a proof of concept study with in comparing gene based breeding with field based breeding.  He will analyze gene based selection methods as well as traditional, field based, selection methods in two different populations of upland cotton experimental varieties.  Daman recently completed my master’s degree in plant breeding at Texas A&M in August 2016.  His master’s research focused on a line by tester analysis of chromosome substitution lines in cotton for fiber quality traits.


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Lorin Harvey

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

fulofenergy@tamu.edu

Lorin is currently a second year Ph.D student under the guidance of Dr. Bill Rooney in the Sorghum Breeding Program. His current research is focused on sorghum inbred parents predictive power of hybrid performance, as well as data mining historical sorghum performance data to uncover overlooked trends and traits of importance.  He received his M.S. in Plant Breeding at Texas A&M University and his B.S. in Agronomy at Iowa State University. Lorin grew up in Grimes, IA.


Náthalia Penna Cruzato

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

ncruzato@tamu.edu

Nathália is currently a first year Ph.D student under the guidance of Dr. Seth Murray in the Quantitative Genetics and Maize Breeding Program. Her current research is focused on the applications of high-throughput phenotyping in maize breeding, especially on the genotypic and yield correlation of remote sensing features. She is also the Student Chief Leader of the Brazilian Students Association at Texas A&M. She received her M.Eng. in Remote Sensing from Agrocampus Ouest, France and her B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil.


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Anil Adhikari

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

adhik009@tamu.edu

Anil Adhikari is a PhD student in the wheat breeding and genetics group of Dr. Amir Ibrahim at Texas A&M University. He is a native of Nepal and received his BS in Agriculture Science (Plant breeding) at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He came to US for his MS in Plant Pathology at University of Minnesota in 2013 and worked on disease resistance genetics of small grains. His current research is on hybrid wheat. He is working on a joint project with University of Nebraska, CIMMYT and Texas A&M. His project entails testing experimental hybrids in various locations in Texas and mapping fertility restorer genes for CMS based hybrid seed production system in wheat. His career goal is to be a research scientist in plant breeding and genetics in academia or industry.


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Nolan Bentley

Ph.D. Student, Horticulture

nolanbentley@tamu.edu

Nolan Bentley is a fourth year PhD student from Sugar Land, Texas under Dr. Patricia Klein in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. Nolan is developing genomics resources for pecan trees in collaboration with Dr. LJ Grauke of the USDA National Collection of Genetic Resources for Pecans and Hickories. These resources include genetic markers, genetic linkage maps, and the discovery of QTL associated markers. Nolan received his teaching certification and B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2010 and then subsequently spent four immensely enjoyable years teaching high school science in Cypress, Texas.


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Yu-Ya Liang

Ph.D. Student, Plant Breeding

r02621109@tamu.edu

Yuya is a second-year Ph.D. student, from Taiwan, under Dr. Endang Septiningsih in the rice (minor in peanut) breeding and genetics program. She is working on rice stresses tolerance, peanut disease resistance, yield and important agronomic traits. She is developing linkage map, SNP markers and identifying QTLs in rice and peanut by using ddRAD-seq and RNA-seq technologies. She received her B.S. in Agronomy at NCHU, Taiwan and her M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics at NTU, Taiwan. Previously, she had been worked on late blight resistant genetics of tomato and genetic transformation on peanut.


Blake Young

MS Student, Agronomy

blake.young@tamu.edu

Blake is a second year Masters student, from La Vernia, TX, under Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan in the Weed Science program.  He received his B.S. in 2013 from Texas A&M-Kingsville. Prior to joining the Weed Science program, he has obtained international agronomy experience through employment in Western Australia.  His current thesis project is on the evaluation of best management practices in ALS resistant grain sorghum for controlling johnsongrass.  He is also the program associate for the Weed Science program. Within this role, he assists with a wide range of research activities including the development and evaluation of new herbicide resistant crop lines, herbicide efficacy trials, post-harvest weed control strategies, weed seedbank evaluations, weed seed shattering, among others.


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