Brooke Bissinger is a broadly trained entomologist with a background in agriculture, repellents, medical and veterinary entomology and tick physiology. She joined AgBiome as Director of Entomology in June of 2015. Prior to joining AgBiome, Brooke worked at TyraTech, Inc., most recently as Director of R&D over repellents and animal health where she led the team that developed the Guardian™ line of mosquito repellents. Brooke completed her undergraduate work in Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College and holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from North Carolina State University.
Scott Smith is a PhD student in Plant and Microbial Biology at North Carolina State University, under the advisement of Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh. He earned his M.S. and B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology from Brigham Young University. His research interests include plant genetics and genomics for crop improvement and is currently researching human health related pathways in oat.
Scott A. Jackson
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Plant Functional Genomics
University of Georgia
Scott A. Jackson is the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Plant Functional Genomics at the University of Georgia. He is the Director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies and has appointments in the Institute of Bioinformatics, Plant Biology and Crop and Soil Sciences. His research focuses on the application of genomics for crop improvement and the understanding of basic biological processes, such as chromosome and genome evolution, domestication and polyploidy. His lab works primarily with rice and several legumes and is international in scope with work in Asia, Africa and South America.
Co Founder and Chair of the SAB
Hi Fidelity Genetics
Dr. Benfey is Co Founder and Chair of the SAB at Hi Fidelity Genetics, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation investigator. He is also Paul Kramer Professor of Biology at Duke University and director of the Duke Center for Systems Biology.
N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute
My research focus on plant breeding and genomics. Currently, I am working on development and utilization of new carrot genetic sources for carrot improvement, using next generation sequence technology (See publication number 1 and 2). Forward genetics, bioinformatics and qualitative PCR are being applied to accomplish these goals. During my previous experience in potato field I worked with a group of wild species sexually incompatible with cultivated potato. As important source of disease resistance genes, my first goal was development and utilization of new molecular tools for access to structural and functional aspects of these genomes. In the frame of these approaches, several plant materials have been evaluated for phenotypic traits, cytological and molecular aspects.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Martin Bohn is Associate Professor for Maize Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a quantitative geneticist, and his maize breeding program focuses on developing improved maize germplasm that contributes to an economically efficient and sustainable maize production under restricted growing conditions. He develops and employs innovative high-throughput phenotyping tools, quantitative genetic theory, and deep genomic information to study the genetic basis of biotic and abiotic stress responses and root development in maize. He earned a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
USDA-ARS in Raleigh, NC
Jim Holland has a B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Crop Science from North Carolina State University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University, working on oat breeding and genetics. He moved to USDA-ARS in Raleigh, NC to work as a research geneticist in maize and has a faculty appointment in the Department of Crop Science at NCSU.
Cotton Incorporated Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Duke Pauli is a Cotton Incorporated Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Michael Gore’s lab at Cornell University where he works on the use of high-throughput phenotyping data for the improvement of cotton to heat and drought stress. His current research focuses on integration of high-throughput phenotyping data into breeding programs for genomic-assisted breeding and cultivar development. Other areas of research include use of ionomics data to understand stress response in cotton and applications of new technologies for high-throughput phenotyping. He received his Ph.D. from Montana State University where his research focused on traditional applied breeding methods with the integration of genomic technologies for cultivar development.
Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
David Kramer is a Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University. His laboratory seeks to understand how plants convert light energy into forms usable for life, how these processes function at both molecular and physiological levels, how they are regulated and controlled, how they define the energy budget of plants and the ecosystem and how they have adapted through evolution to support life in extreme environments.
Assistant Research Scientist
Arizona Genomics Institute, University of Arizona
Dario Copetti is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Arizona Genomics Institute, the University of Arizona and International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. In his research he develops genomic datasets to study plant genome structure and evolution. He is especially interested in repeated sequence dynamics and molecular characterization of traits.
Cory R. Brouwe
Director of the Bioinformatics Services Division and Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics
Dr. Cory R. Brouwer is Director of the Bioinformatics Services Division and Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC Charlotte. He and his team provide a wide range of bioinformatics and computational biology services to the NCRC, UNC Charlotte and surrounding area life sciences community. Some recent projects have involved de novo assembly of genomes and transcriptomes using next generation sequencing, clinical association studies and comparative genomics. Before coming to UNC Charlotte, Dr. Brouwer was leading a global computational biology group for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer out of their Sandwich, UK research campus located southeast of London. During his tenure at Pfizer, he led various efforts in data integration, text mining, collaborative knowledge building and scientific software development supporting genomics and systems biology. He also was an active promoter of pre-competitive collaboration within the pharma industry and was Co-chair of the Knowledge and Information Services domain of the Pistoia Alliance, a cross-pharma precompetitive standards organization. He joined Pfizer from Curagen Corporation, where he led software projects in the area of gene expression, proteomics and toxicoinformatics. Dr. Brouwer gained his AgBio experience at Pioneer Hi-Bred, Intl, Inc. working as a computational biologist focusing on genetics and comparative genomics. Dr. Brouwer received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Iowa State University under the direction of Dr. Ben Bowen studying the effects of nuclear matrix attachment regions on transgene expression in maize.
Director of Plant Sciences
Christer Jansson is the Director of Plant Sciences at PNNL and EMSL. As such he leads development of a vision and strategy for PNNL and EMSL in plant sciences and bioenergy, building upon existing and novel. These efforts include establishing partnerships, identifying capability gaps, and outlining where PNNL and EMSL can deliver enhanced impact to DOE-related missions. Christer came to PNNL in September last year from LBNL where he was a Senior Staff Scientist and Bioenergy Program Lead at the Earth Sciences Division. Prior to joining LBNL in 2007, Christer was the Department Head at the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala, Sweden. Christer has a strong background and expertise in plant biochemistry, particularly in the areas of photosynthesis, metabolism, and bioenergy applications, with 117 publications. He is the Lead PI and Co-PI for two DOE projects on Sorghum phenotyping funded by ARPA-E and BER, respectively. He is also the Lead PI for another ARPA-E-funded project on biological conversion of methane to higher-value fuels, and was the Lead PI for a finished ARPA-E-funded project on direct conversion of CO2 to fuels in tobacco leaves.
Christer earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Lund University, Sweden, followed by postdoctoral research at The Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) at Michigan State University.