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.


Ph.D., 2009 – Cornell University, Plant Breeding and Genetics
M.S., 2004 – Kansas State University, Plant Pathology
B.S., 2003 – Kansas State University, Agronomy


Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Feb. 2014 – present
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics, Aug. 2013 – present
Director, Wheat Genetics Resource Center I/UCRC, Feb. 2014 – present


Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Manhattan, KS, Sept. 2010 –2014
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Ithaca, NY, Jan. 2010 – Sept. 2010