Principal Investigator

C. Robin Buell

Professor of Plant Biology

Ph.D., 1992, Utah State University, Logan, UT
M.Sc., 1988, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
B.S., 1985, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
buell@msu.edu

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Current Members

John Hamilton

Senior Computational Biologist

MSc, Biosystems and Informatics, University of Liverpool, UK
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (minor in Physiology), UCLAN, UK
jham@msu.edu

Brieanne Vaillancourt

Lab Manager

B.S. Genomics and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
vaillan6@msu.edu more info

John Johnston

Bioinformatics Engineer

MS, Computer Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
MS, Hydrogeology and Geophysics, Kent State University, Kent, OH
BS, Geology and Mineralogy, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
johnj@msu.edu more info

Joshua Wood

Research Assistant

B.S., Genomics and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI woodjos8@msu.edu more info

Miranda Haus

Visiting Research Associate

Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
B.S., Molecular Cellular Biology with Distinction, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
hausmira@msu.edu more info

Andrew Wiersma

Visiting Research Associate

Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
M.S., Weed Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
B.S., Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
awiersma@msu.edu
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Mercy Kitavi

Visiting Research Associate

Ph.D., Plant Genetics, National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUIG), Ireland
MSc., Biotechnology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
BSc., General (Biology, Zoology and Chemistry), Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
kitavime@msu.edu more info

Genevieve Hoopes

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant, Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
hoopesge@msu.edu more info

Nolan Bornowski

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant, Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
M.S., Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S., Horticultural Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
bornowsk@msu.edu more info

Julia Brose

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant, Plant Biology Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
M.Sc., Biological and Biomolecular Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia
brosejul@msu.edu

Sefa Ayten

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S., 2018, Agricultural Genetic Engineering, Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University, Niğde, Turkey

Kennedy Baldwin

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Genomics and Molecular Genetics (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Joe Burke

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Genomics and Molecular Genetics (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Caleb Fisher

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Logan Pierz

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Environmental Biology/Plant Biology (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Fletcher Robbins

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Environmental Biology/Plant Biology (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Rachel Shereda

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Genomics and Molecular Genetics (in progress), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Former Members

Visiting Assistant Professors

Kevin Childs

Kevin Childs

Assistant Professor-Fixed Term, Michigan State University

Norma Constanza Manrique-Carpintero

Genetic Resources Associate Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP)

Visiting Research Associates

Bishwo Adhikari

Bioinformatician, USDA APHIS

Rebecca Davidson

Assistant Professor, National Jewish Hospital

Joseph Evans

Research Scientist, Dupont Pioneer

Grant Godden

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida

Vinita Joardar

RefSeq Scientist, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Elsa Gongora-Castillo

Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University

Malali Gowda

Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences

Candice Hirsch

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Cory Hirsch

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Jeongwoon Kim

Computational Biologist, Monsanto

Dae Kwan Ko

Postdoctoral Associate, Michigan State University

Kin Lau

Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Van Andel Institute

Courtney Leisner

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Haining Lin

Computational Genomics Leader, Corteva Agriscience

Alicia Massa

Research Geneticist (Plants), USDA-ARS

Samira Mafi Moghaddam

Genomics Data Scientist, Benson Hill Biosystems

Rachel Naegele

Research Geneticist at USDA-ARS

Lina Quesada-Ocampo

Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Millicent Sanciangco

Core Facilities Coordinator, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Lindsay Triplett

Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Dongyan Zhao

Breeding Insight Genomics Coordinator, Cornell University

Research Assistants

Emily Crisovan

Linsey Newton

Jason Cepela

Morgan Chaires

Mike Geoffroy

Melanie Hardin

Kranti Konganti

Steven Lundback

Krystle Wiegert-Rininger

Andy Whittam

Brett Whitty

Visiting Scholars

Andrew Wiersma

Ian Beddows

Graduate Students

Michael Hardigan

Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Nyasha Mudukuti

M.S., Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Gina Pham

Ph.D., Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Daniel Aaron

Ogie Avramovska

Amni Azhar

Laura Bonefeld

Carolyn Botting

Megan Conway

Krista Dunger

Jessica Goldsworthy

Alex Gore

Marc Habermann

Katie Heslip

Emily Hilliker

Rachael Hume

Erica Humphreys

Ammara Khizar

Minjee Kim

Joe Korolewicz

Macy Lockhart

Omar Mcgiveron

Byron Oja

Emma Rice

Paul Rosemurgy

Catie Scott

Kailey Skarbek

Elizabeth Straley

Christopher Thorburn

Jennifer Willner

Edmund Wooldridge

Jemison Yewah

Undergraduate Interns

Terin Budine

Lauren Chong

Natalie Fox

Rene Ludwig

Lillian Oglesby

Faerlin Pulido