Specialty：Beachell Chair, Rice Genomics and Genetics
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Research. My research focuses on plant molecular genetics with an emphasis on rice genetics and genomics, molecular breeding, and international agriculture. My primary interest is to help bridge the gap between exploring genetic diversity held in crop gene banks with practical use in plant breeding programs to accelerate rice improvement. Research activities include genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9, characterizing SNP haplotypes using whole genome sequence data, developing functional markers, and exploring methods to increase the rate of genetic gain in rice breeding programs. My program is based in College Station, but I work closely with rice scientists in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Beaumont, Texas and collaborators around the world. My goal is to rapidly apply new genetics discoveries to rice improvement to help Texas producers and rice farmers around the world produce higher yields of superior quality rice in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Teaching. I currently teach an upper-level course in International Agriculture Systems (SCSC-410) every spring semester. Beginning in spring 2018 I will also teach a graduate-level special topics course (SCSC-689) on Genome Editing in Crop Plants.