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Name/Degree/Advisor Dissertation/Current activity
Ananta Acharya 
Ph.D. - Summer 2014
Advisor: Charles Brummer and Katrien Devos
Dissertation: Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Association Mapping of Biofuel Traits in Southern Switchgrass Germplasm
Yanina Alarcon 
M.S. - Fall 2014
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Identification of Aluminum Tolerance in the Model Legume Medicago Truncatula
Nicole Bachleda
M.S. - Fall 2015
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Dissertation: Molecular Breeding for Improvement of Fatty Acids in Soybean
Adam Bray 
M.S. - Spring 2015
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Characterizing Soybean Resistance to the Kudzu Bug
Nino Brown
Ph.D. - Fall 2017
Advisor: Peng Chee
Dissertation: Improving cotton fiber quality using exotic germplasm, interspecific sources, and marker-assisted introgression
Mary Campbell 
M.S. - Fall 2016
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Dissertation: Improvement of southern stem canker innoculation methods and collection and characterization of D. aspahalthi isolates
Josh Clevenger 
Ph.D. - Summer 2016
Advisor: Peggy Ozias-Akins
Dissertation: Development of Genomics Resources for Arachis hypogaea and Profiling the Genetic Regulation of Pre-harvest Aflatoxin Resistance
Martha Carolina Chavarro
Ph.D. - Spring 2018
Advisor: Scott Jackson
Dissertation: Whole Genome Re-sequencing of Cultivated Peanut to Enable Genetic and Genomic Resources for Seed Quality Improvement
Silas Childs
M.S. - Summer 2017
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Thesis: Discovery, characterization and utilization of Rpp genes for resistance against soybean rust
Ruyue Ding
M.S. - Spring 2016
Advisor: Ali Missaoui 
Dissertation: Manipulating Summer Dormancy to Improve Forage Yield and Seasonal Distribution

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Douglas Eudy 
Ph.D. - Spring 2016
Advisor: Katrien Devos
Dissertation: Genetic Control of Salt Tolerance Traits in Seashore Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum Sw.)
Currently: Discovery Breeder, Monsanto
Leigh Ann Fall
M.S. - Fall 2017
Advisor: Cecilia McGregor
Thesis: Marker development for Fusarium wilt race 1 resistance and quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of fruit traits in watermelon
Nathan Friday
M.S. - Summer 2010
Advisor: Steve Knapp
Dissertation: Genetics of Anthocyanin Biosynthesis in Sunflower
Rupesh Gaire 
M.S. - Fall 2015 
Advisor: Dayton Wilde
Dissertation: Allelic Variation in Candidate Genes for Ornamental Traits in Blueberry
Rattandeep Gill
M.S. - Summer 2013
Advisor: Peggy Ozias-Akins
Dissertation: Phenotyping Methods and QTL Mapping for Late Leaf Spot Resistance in Cultivated Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.)
Austin Grimshaw
M.S. - Summer 2013
Advisor: Brian Schwartz
Dissertation: ACCase herbicide resistance in bermudagrass
Kathryn Harman
M.S. - Summer 2009
Advisor: Jerry Johnson
Dissertation: Hessian Fly Resistance of Triticum Durun Derivived Solf Winter Wheat
Donna Harris 
Ph.D. - Summer 2014
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: Identification, Mapping & Evaluation of Unique Sources of Soybean Rust Resistance
Douglas Heckart
M.S. - Spring 2009
Advisor: Paul Raymer Ph.D. - Fall 2014
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Obtaining Sethoxydim Resistance in the Turfgrass Seashore Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum)
Dissertation: Screaming Past Gene Silencing with Silent Mutations
Aaron Jacob Hoskins
Ph.D. - Spring 2011
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: Genetic mapping of soybean resistance genes to frogeye leaf spot in five Chinese plant introductions and efficiency of early generation selection for low phytate soybean lines
Jacob Hoyle
M.S. - Fall 2017
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Thesis: An expanded toolkit for genome editing

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Thomas Jacobs 
Ph.D. - Fall 2014
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Molecular Tools for Soybean Functional Genomics
Zachary King
Ph.D. - Summer 2015
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: Discovery and Deployment of Soybean Rust (PHAKOSPORA PACHYRHIZI) Resistance (RPP) Genes
Walid Korani
Ph.D. - Summer 2017
Advisor: Peggy Ozias-Akins

Dissertation: Genetic Factors and Biochemical Pathways Regulating Post-harvest Aflatoxin Contamination in Cultivated Peanut

Pawan Kumar 
Ph.D. - Fall 2012
Advisor: Peng Wah Chee
Dissertation: Genetic Evaluation of Exotic Chromatins from Two Obsolete Interspecific Introgression Lines of Upland Cotton
Xuehui Li
Ph.D. - Spring 2009
Advisor: Charles Brummer
Dissertation: Genetic Investigations of Heterosis and Inbreeding Depression in Diploid and Tetraploid Alfalfa
Yupeng Li
Ph.D. - Fall 2015
Advisor: Scott Jackson
Dissertation: Nodulation Gene Networks in Legumes
Zhitong Li 
M.S. - Fall 2016
Advisor: John Ruter
Dissertation: Polyploidy Induction and Tissue Culture Techniques in Hibiscus moscheutos
Limei Liu 
Ph.D. - Spring 2012
Advisor: Peng Wah Chee
Dissertation: Genetic Mapping and Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) Analysis of Root-knot Nematode Resistance in Pearl Milliet

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Evan McCoy
M.S. - Fall 2017
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Thesis: Hidden in plain sight: untangling an unexpected pyramid of caterpillar resistance QTLs
Sandra Odonkor
M.S. - Spring 2015
Advisor: Katrien Devos
Dissertation: Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Mapping of Seed Weight, Pericarp Color, Bristling & Seed Shattering in Setaria
Currently: PhD student (Plant Breeding), WACCI - University of Ghana
Maria Ortega 
Ph.D. - Spring 2016
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Cloning and Using a QTL for Insect Resistance in Soybean
Rajiv Parvathaneni
Ph.D. - Fall 2015
Advisor: Katrien Devos
Dissertation: Isolation, Characterization and the Dynamic Structure of the Pearl Millet d2 Dwarfing Gene
Currently: Post-doc, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Jinesh Patel
M.S. - Summer 2011
Advisor: Peng Wah Chee
Dissertation: Mutation breeding for fiber quantity and quality
Emily Pierce 
M.S. - Fall 2012
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Genetic Engineering of Keto Carotenoid Production in Soybean
Jason Prothro 
M.S. - Fall 2010
Advisor: Cecilia McGregor
Dissertation: Genetic Mapping of Phenotypic and Quantitative Trait Loci Underlying Horticulturally Important Traits in Watermelon

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Benjamin Rambo-Martin
M.S. - Spring 2009
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: Assessing RNA Interference Gene Targets of Root-Knot Nematodes
Juan Rey
Ph.D. - Summer 2011
Advisor: Roger Boerma and Charles Brummer
Dissertation: Silverleaf Sunflower (Helianthus Argophyllus, Torrey and Grey) in Sunflower Breeding: From Comparative Mapping to the Genetics of Salt Tolerance in the Species.
Rafael Reyno-Podesta 
Ph.D. - Spring 2012
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: Improving Acid and Aluminum Tolerance in Alfalfa Breeding and Genetics
Muhammet Sakiroglu
Ph.D. - Spring 2009
Advisor: Charles Brummer
Dissertation: Population Structure, Genetic Diversity, Phylogenetic Analyses, and Association Mapping of Biofuel Traits in Wild Diploid Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa L.) Accessions
Katherine Sandlin 
M.S. - Fall 2010
Advisor: Cecilia McGregor
Dissertation: Genetic Mapping in Citrullus Lanatus
Zachary Shearin
Ph.D. - Spring 2011
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: Facilitating Breeding for Resistance to Southern Stem Canker and Elevated Seed Oleic Acid Content in Soybean
Clint Steketee 
M.S. - Summer 2014
Advisor: Paul Raymer
Ph.D. - Spring 2018
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Thesis: Characterization of Dollar Spot Resistance in Seashore Paspalum
Dissertation: Discovery of Germplasm and Genomic Regions to Improve Soybean Drought Tolerance
Ben Stewart-Brown
Ph.D. - Spring 2018
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Dissertation: Genetic and Genomic Analyses for Improvement of Soybean Yield
Luellen Swayzer
M.S. - Spring 2018
Advisor: Brian Schwartz
Dissertation: Heritability Estimates of Morphological Characteristics in Centipedegrass Populations
Rebecca Michiko Tashiro 
M.S. - Spring 2009
Advisor: Wayne Parrott
Dissertation: From the Field to the Flowerbed to the Lab: Ornamental White Clover Breeding and Leaf Trait Mapping
Trent Tate
M.S. - Fall 2012
Advisor: Paul Raymer
Dissertation: Characterization of Acetyl Coenzyme A Inhibitor Resistance in Turfgrass and Grassy Weeds
Dung Tran
M.S. - Fall 2017
Advisor: Zenglu Li
Thesis: Evaluation of soybean germplasm and identification of quantitative trait loci conferring soybean cyst nematode resistance
Na Wang
M.S. - Spring 2012
Advisor: Paul Raymer
Dissertation: Reproductive behavior of seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum Sw.)
Caleb Warrington 
Ph.D. - Spring 2011
Advisor: Roger Boerma
Dissertation: QTL mapping and optimum resource allocation for enhancing amino acid content in soybean

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