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Genetics

Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson

Assistant Professor
Genetics; Plant Biology
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global change, ecophysiology, natural selection, evolutionary genetics, local adaptation

Jeff Bennetzen
Jeff Bennetzen

Norman and Doris Giles Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar,
National Academy of Sciences Member
Genetics; Plant Biology; Institute of Bioinformatics
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cereal comparative genomics, genome structure and evolution

Rodney Mauricio
Rodney Mauricio

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Genetics
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conservation genetics, invasive species, ecological genetics, evolutionary ecology, plant-animal interactions, evolutionary quantitative genetics, adaptation

CJ Tsai
Cj Tsai

Winfred N. Haynes Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics
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phenylpropanoid metabolism, stress response, wood formation, gene family evolution, gene-metabolite networks

Esther van der Knaap
Esther van der Knaap

Professor
Horticulture; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Biology; Genetics
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tomato developmental genetics, genomics, molecular biology

Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics

Bochra Bahri
Bochra Bahri

Assistant Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Pathology
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pathogen population structure, pathogen adaptation to hosts and to climate change, plant-pathogen interactions, resistance gene and virulence factor identification, turfgrass and forage disease management

Jessica Barb
Jessica Barb

Assistant Research Scientist
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Biology
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small grains breeding and genetics

Robin Buell
Robin Buell photograph

GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Crop Genomics
Crop & Soil Sciences; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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plant genome biology, genome-enabled breeding, plant resilience, genome editing, synthetic biology

Peng W. Chee
Peng Chee

Professor
Molecular Cotton Breeding Laboratory; National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory;
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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molecular breeding of cotton

Katrien Devos
Katrien Devos

Distinguished Research Professor
Plant Biology; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Institute of Bioinformatics
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comparative genomics in cereals

Soraya Leal-Bertioli
Sorya Bertioli

Senior Research Scientist
Plant Pathology; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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peanut, wild arachis, introgression, tetraploidization, disease resistance

Zenglu Li
Zenglu Li

Professor
Georgia Seed Development Professorship in Soybean Breeding and Genetics
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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soybean breeding, genetics and genomics

Melissa Mitchum
Melissa Mitchum

Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Pathology
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molecular plant-nematode interactions, effectors, peptide signaling, host plant resistance, soybean genetics and genomics

Peggy Ozias-Akins
Peggy Ozias-Akins

D.W. Brooks Professorship, UGA Distinguished Research Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Horticulture
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developmental biology and molecular mechanisms of apomixis, genetic enhancement of peanut and grasses

Plant Biology

Magdy Alabady
Magdy Alabady

Associate Research Scientist, Director Georgia Genomics & Bioinformatics Core
Plant Biology; Georgia Genomics Facility
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functional genomics, epigenetics, small RNA

Doug P. Aubrey
Doug Aubrey

Assistant Professor, Plant Biology
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
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Tree ecophysiology, forest biogeochemistry, fire ecology, sustainability of bioenergy production

Jacqueline Mohan
Jacqueline Mohan

Associate Professor, School of Ecology
Plant Biology
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ecosystem ecology, population and community ecology, biogeochemistry, global change, climate change, conservation biology, geographic genetic variation, species range shifts

Debra Mohnen
Deborah Mohnen

Georgia Athletics Association Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Plant Biology; Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
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biosynthesis of plant cell wall polysaccharides

CJ Tsai
Cj Tsai

Winfred N. Haynes Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics
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phenylpropanoid metabolism, stress response, wood formation, gene family evolution, gene-metabolite networks

Plant Pathology

Sudeep Bag
Sudeep Bag

Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology
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plant virology: detection, disease epidemiology, genomics, small RNA, virus-host interaction, and virus disease management

Bochra Bahri
Bochra Bahri

Assistant Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Pathology
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pathogen population structure, pathogen adaptation to hosts and to climate change, plant-pathogen interactions, resistance gene and virulence factor identification, turfgrass and forage disease management

Soraya Leal-Bertioli
Sorya Bertioli

Senior Research Scientist
Plant Pathology; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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peanut, wild arachis, introgression, tetraploidization, disease resistance

Melissa Mitchum
Melissa Mitchum

Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Pathology
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molecular plant-nematode interactions, effectors, peptide signaling, host plant resistance, soybean genetics and genomics

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Debra Mohnen
Deborah Mohnen

Georgia Athletics Association Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Plant Biology; Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
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biosynthesis of plant cell wall polysaccharides

Breeanna Urbanowicz
Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
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structure and function of plant carbohydrate active enzymes

Horticulture

Joann Conner
Joann Conner

Assistant Research Scientist
Horticulture; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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apospory, angiosperm asexual reproduction

Peggy Ozias-Akins
Peggy Ozias-Akins

D.W. Brooks Professorship, UGA Distinguished Research Professor
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Horticulture
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developmental biology and molecular mechanisms of apomixis, genetic enhancement of peanut and grasses

Esther van der Knaap
Esther van der Knaap

Professor
Horticulture; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; Plant Biology; Genetics
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tomato developmental genetics, genomics, molecular biology

Institute of Bioinformatics

Jeff Bennetzen
Jeff Bennetzen

Norman and Doris Giles Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar,
National Academy of Sciences Member
Genetics; Plant Biology; Institute of Bioinformatics
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cereal comparative genomics, genome structure and evolution

Brad Nelms
Brad Nelms

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology
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plant reproduction, genomics and gene regulatory networks, single-cell RNA-sequencing, reprogramming cell fate

Andrew Paterson
Andrew Paterson

Regents Professor; Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory
Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics; Plant Biology
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plant genetics, genomics, evolution, crop improvement, domestication

CJ Tsai
Cj Tsai

Winfred N. Haynes Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics
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phenylpropanoid metabolism, stress response, wood formation, gene family evolution, gene-metabolite networks

Justin Vaughn
Justin Vaughn

Adjunct Faculty
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
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gene discovery, population genomics characterization and visualization, simulation of genetic systems

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Doug P. Aubrey
Doug Aubrey

Assistant Professor, Plant Biology
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
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Tree ecophysiology, forest biogeochemistry, fire ecology, sustainability of bioenergy production

CJ Tsai
Cj Tsai

Winfred N. Haynes Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics
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phenylpropanoid metabolism, stress response, wood formation, gene family evolution, gene-metabolite networks

Caterina Villari

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
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fungal pathogens, resistance mechanisms of trees, chemical ecology, insect-fungi symbioses

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