2012 Technical Support Award of Excellence
Donna Tucker is a Christian, a wife, a mother and a lab technician — in that order. She loves God, is thankful for Jesus, her Savior, and attends Blacks Creek Baptist Church in Commerce, Ga. Tucker will have been married to her husband, Jay, for 33 years on October 6. She is the proud mother of two grown daughters, Annie and Jamie.
She graduated from Athens Area Technical School with a diploma in research laboratory technology in 1977, and has been employed by various laboratories at the University of Georgia since then. For the last 21 years, Tucker has worked in Dr. Wayne Parrott's lab in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, a part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' Athens campus.
Her main focus in the lab is soybeans. She is responsible for the initiation and maintenance of tissue culture, and the transformation of soybeans with desired genes.
She has helped introduce insect resistance and carotenoid production traits into soybean varieties. She is currently working with nematode resistance and other value added traits.