Team

Faculty
Jesse Poland

Jesse Poland

Jesse Poland is Associate Professor at Kansas State University and serves as Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center and Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.

Research in my group is focused on wheat genetics and germplasm improvement. We are currently developing new marker technologies for use in breeding and association genetics. We are also focused on developing germplasm with resistance to important diseases of wheat; stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust, hessian fly and barley yellow dwarf as well as abiotic stress tolerance to heat and drought. In collaboration with public breeding programs we are implementing the use of genomic selection methods in wheat breeding. We are developing field-based high throughput phenotyping platforms to accelerate basic and applied genomics and breeding research.

4702 Throckmorton

Postdocs
Liangliang Gao

Liangliang Gao

Liang’s main research goal is to lead computational approaches to utilize next generation sequencing data for genomics-assisted breeding in wheat.

Trevor Rife

Trevor Rife

Trevor is leading development of phenoApps, a series of user-friendly mobile applications to enable breeding and research programs to rapidly collect and manage phenotypic data.

trife@ksu.edu
Xu Wang

Xu Wang

Kevin builds data/image acquisition platforms for field-based high-throughput phenotyping, assembles phenotypic data/image processing pipelines, and develops algorithms.

Sandesh Shrestha

Sandesh Shrestha

Sandesh’s research at the lab focuses on utilizing genomic selection in order to improve end-use quality in wheat.

Jared Crain

Jared Crain

Jared works as a research associate where he is evaluating how genomic selection and association mapping can be used to enhance the IWG breeding cycle.

Staff
Shuangye Wu

Shuangye Wu

Shuangye’s responsibilities include managing the genotyping lab, preparing genotyping samples, and providing genotyping training to visitors.

Josiah Altschuler

Josiah Altschuler

Josiah is responsible for developing and managing project databases for complex high-throughput phenotypic data, large genomic datasets, field data and germplasm resources.

altschuler@ksu.edu
Byron Evers

Byron Evers

Byron is responsible for managing all field trials and greenhouse activities. His responsibilities include planting, harvesting, and taking phenotypic notes.

bevers@ksu.edu
Haley Ahlers

Haley Ahlers

Haley’s responsibilities include developing a communication strategy, coordinating and facilitating meetings, organizing program events and overall general project management.

jahlers@ksu.edu
Students
Megan Calvert

Megan Calvert

Megan focuses on building multivariate genomic selection models for the Kansas State winter wheat breeding program.

Paula Silva

Paula Silva

Paula’s interest relates to wheat breeding for resistance to diseases and abiotic factors using conventional breeding approaches.

Emily Delorean

Emily Delorean

Emily works on genomic selection models for end-use quality in the CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) wheat breeding program.

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