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Post docs, Staff, and Students

Francisco Agosto-PerezFrancisco Agosto-Perez, Applications Programmer

Cornell University, Biotechnology, Room 101, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Bioinformatics Programmer in the McCouch lab.


Joe Belanto, Post-DocJoe Belanto

University of Minnesota, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, 1500 Gortner Ave, 350 Cargill, Saint Paul, MN 55108 USA

Post-Doc in Voytas Lab focusing on generating tools for genome engineering in rice

Dalton BichlmeierDalton Bichlmeier, Undergraduate Student

Doane University, 1014 Boswell Ave, Crete, NE 68701  USA

Undergraduate student in Doyle lab focusing on promoter variation of TAL target genes.


Sara CarpenterSara Carpenter, Lab Manager for the Bogdanove Lab

Cornell University, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Interactions, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Assists with germplasm and information management, outreach, compliance, and general research support


Stefan EinarsonStefan Einarson, Outreach Coordinator - Middle and High School

Cornell University, B75 Mann Library, Ithaca NY 14853 USA

To create outreach materials targeted and middle and high school students as part of the NSF's broader engagement goals



Sandra HarringtonSandra Harrington, Compliance Coordinator McCouch Lab

Cornell University, Plant Breeding & Genetics, 129 Guterman Greenhouse Complex, Caldwell Rd., Ithaca, NY 14853

Managing germplasm stocks and amplifying seed and tissue for use in the project


Mathilde HutinMathilde Hutin, Post Doc

Cornell University  Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology  334 Plant science Building, Tower road, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Post Doc in Bogdanove lab, focusing on identifying new sources of Xanthomonas oryzae resistance in rice.


Blake KostalBlake Kostal, Undergraduate Student

Doane College, 1014 Boswell Ave, Crete, NE 68133 USA

Undergraduate student working on the Computational Biology side of the project. Mainly focusing of locating disease susceptible genes in rice.

Federico MartinFederico Martin, Postdoctoral Associate

Colorado State University, 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523 USA

My work in the Leach lab is related to the identification of promoter regions involved in the regulation of resistance genes with the goal of understanding general activation

Lyza MaronLyza Maron, Research Associate

Cornell University, 161 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853 USA

Research Associate in the McCouch Rice Genetics lab; identifying new targets for genome editing to improve abiotic stress resistance

Alvaro Perez QuinteroAlvaro Perez Quintero, Graduate Student

Institut de recherche pour le development,IPME (Interactions plantes microorganismes environnement) 911 Avenue Agropolis, Montpellier (34000),

Graduate study in Boris Szurek's lab at IRD focusing on studying variation in EBEs in rice promoters

Andrew ReadAndrew Read, Graduate Student

Cornell University, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523 USA

 I'm interested in using genome editing to learn more about the mechanism of this susceptibility, specifically by making changes to the putative sulfate transporter OsSULTR3;6.  Understanding how Xanthomonas increases susceptibility will inform breeding for increased resistance through traditional or genome editing methods. 

Ellie RiceEllie Rice, K-12 Outreach

Franklin & Marshall College, 415 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster PA 17602 USA

K-12 Outreach


Bradley TonnessenBradley Tonnessen, Graduate Student

Colorado State University, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, 307 University Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80523 USA

I focus on understanding the genetic basis of broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice.  Specifically, finding patterns and potential cis-elements in the promoters of defence response genes that reside in resistant rice varieties.

Li WangLi Wang, Research Associate

Cornell University, Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, 226 Tower road, Plant Science Building, Ithaca, NY, 14850  USA

Research Associate in Bogdnove lab, focusing on generating genome edited rice.


Matthew WillmannMatthew Willmann, Director, Plant Transformation Facility

Cornell University, Plant Transformation Facility, 237 Tower Road, B18 Weill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Director of the Cornell University Plant Transformation Facility, transforming rice with gene-editing constructs