2015 Maize Breeding Summer Internship
Associate Professor in Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Wisser earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell, followed by a postdoctoral stint at NCSU. His work encompasses crop genetic diversity and translational research for crop improvement, with focal areas of environmental adapation, disease resistance and response to selection.
Teclemariam (Tecle) Weldekidan
Research Scientist. Tecle earned his M.S. at UD in Plant Science. He brings 20 years of experience in maize breeding to the group. Tecle is involved in research projects on the genetics of environmental adaptation, response to artificial selection, and disease resistance. He also helps with training activities including our summer plant genetics and breeding internship program for high school and undergraduate students.
Research Associate. After a career in the commercial seed sector with DuPont Pioneer, Scott joined the lab under an initiative to expand infrastructure and develop educational resources for genome science at the University of Delaware.He collaborates with Ph.D. student Zhu Zhuo on this initiative and is our resident expert on Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencing.
Postdoc. Working under the DR Maize project, Philip is co-mentored through a collaboration with Dr. Chandra Kambhamettu’s VIMS lab at UD. In collaboration with two Ph.D. students studying computer vision (Abhishek Kolagunda and Wayne Treible), he is advancing methods for segmentation and feature characterization of microscopy image data on plant-pathogen interactions.
Ph.D. student in Plant and Soil Sciences. That’s right folks, corn is her maiden name. Heather works on the Maize ATLAS project. She has optimized GBS for genotyping heterozygous samples and is studying the genomic response to selection of a population adapted in parallel across eight different environments.
Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. A member of the DR Maize team, Felix’s dissertation is focused on characterizing genetic diversity at quantitative resistance loci in maize. His research includes the development of new software such as ThermoAlign and associated bioinformatic pipelines for resequencing studies.
Ph.D. student in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS adviser: Dr. L. Pollock). She is the newest member of the AccreteGB database and software development team. AccreteGB facilitates the activities required for a complete cycle of breeding, from organizing seed stocks for a planting through to harvesting and inventorying new stocks.
Ph.D. student in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS adviser: Dr. C. Kambhamettu). A member of the DR Maize team and student of Computer Vision, Abhishek is developing big data processing pipelines and segmentation and analysis methods for microscopy image data on plant-pathogen interactions.
M.S. student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. A member of the Maize ATLAS team, John is developing a whole genome simulator to tackle fundamental questions about the genomic response to selection and for exploring new classes of experimental designs for genetic studies.
Michael Dumas (2014-2017) was a genomics application specialist and lab manager. He worked primarily under the Maize ATLAS and DR Maize projects and later supported work on lima bean. With a superb attention to detail, he developed a number of refined protocols and SOPs that will be referenced for years to come.
Juliana Erika de Carvalho Teixeira Yassitepe (2012-2014) was a postdoc on the Maize ATLAS project. Using data from a 9-environment trial, she studied the phenotypic response of a tropical landrace of maize (Tusón) that had been adapted to the U.S. by a decade of selection for early flowering time. Juliana went back to her roots in Brazil as a research scientist with Embrapa.