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Wesley Bonelli

Wes Bonelli

What brought you to UGA? I sent my P.I. an unprompted email asking for a job as a programmer in early 2020. He hired me as lab staff and then encouraged me to apply as a grad student.

What are your research/study interests? I’m interested in developing phenotyping software to process high volumes of image data in HPC/HTC computing environments. I would also like to develop mathematical characterizations of root system architecture and computer simulations of root branching patterns.

What has been a benefit of being part of IPS?/How did it help you select your program? Coming from a background distant from plant science, IPS provided great exposure to a wide range of subdisciplines. This helped me come up to speed quickly. I was able to learn about computer vision techniques for phenotyping, bioinformatics pipelines for genome sequencing and structural variant calling, and mechanical/physiological measurements (stress-response curves for cavitation and embolism), spanning from sunflower to tomato to various tree species.

What are your career goals? I’m not sure yet. I’d either like to pursue a career in industry developing phenotyping software or in academia as a mathematical biologist. I’d like to wed these two areas if possible.

Who is your major professor? Dr. Alexander Bucksch.

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