Special Seminar Speaker on Feb 1st, 2017


Dr. Kevin Hayes, DuPont Pioneer, IA

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Dr. Hayes is a team leader for genomics operations and protein structure analysis at DuPont Pioneer. His research interests include: using informational database and high-throughput chemical genomics to correlate phenotypes to gene variations. And his role at DuPont Pioneer is to lead a team esponsible for the management, analysis and dissemination of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. Including sample management, pipeline development and management, alignment, assembly and interpretation of RNAseq, WGS, miRNAseq, TSSseq, microarray and specialized NGS applications.


Speakers on Feb 2nd, 2017


Dr. David Jackson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

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The Jackson Lab studies signals in cells that regulate growth and shape in plants. His lab has discovered several genes that control plant architecture by exerting influence on stem cells. In addition, the Jackson lab has created a collection of maize transgenic lines enabling the maize and broader community to do experiments never before possible in crop plants.


Dr. Amit Sethi, DuPont Pioneer, IA

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Dr. Sethi studies insect resistance at DuPont Pioneer. His research focuses on new technologies to control economically damaging agricultural pests like western corn rootworm.


Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Truman State University, MO

Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner

Dr. Janick-Buckner is a professor of biological sciences at Truman State University. Her research focuses on cellular and molecular analysis in maize and most importantly, training undergraduate students to be independent researchers through course and lab work.


Dr. Gary Stacey, University of Missouri, MO

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The Stacey lab focuses on many different aspects of soybean biology including: understanding host-microbe interactions, specifically the symbiosis between a nitrogen fixing bacteria, Bradyrhizobium japonica and soybean, the role of extracellular ATP and peptide transport in plant growth and development, genomics, and biotechnology.


Dr. Blake Meyers, University of Missouri, MO

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Dr. Meyers’s work focuses on genome-scale studies of RNA and components of RNA silencing pathways, with a recent emphasis on plant reproductive biology and the evolution of plant small RNAs.



Best submitted abstract speakers


Sunil Kumar, University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE

Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner

Abstract Title * An epigenetic breeding system in soybean for increased yield and stability


Amruta Narayanappa, University of Missouri, MO

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Abstract Title * Selection and characterization of rice blast (Magnaporthe oryzae) suppressing antagonistic bacterial strains from the rhizosphere of rice


Stewart Gillmor, CINVESTAV, Mexico

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Abstract Title * Zygotic genome activation in isogenic and hybrid embryos of Arabidopsis