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.