Former Graduate Students

  • Joshua Sleper (Ph.D. 2017) Thesis: The enigma of genetic linkage in molecular breeding for maize; Current employer: Syngenta Seeds, Minnesota
  • Amy Jacobson (Ph.D. 2014) Thesis: General combining ability model for genomewide selection: Accuracy, marker imputation, and genetic diversity within maize biparental populations; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Iowa
  • Lian Lian (Ph.D. 2014) Thesis: Genomewide prediction of genotypic values and genetic variances within 969 maize biparental populations; Current employer: teradata, China
  • Lisa-Marie Krchov (Ph.D. 2014) Thesis: Multi-environment validation and efficiency of genomewide selection among maize doubled haploids; Current employer: KWS, Germany
  • Emily Combs (Ph.D. 2012) Thesis: Genomewide selection: Prediction accuracy, marker imputation, and introgression of semidwarf corn germplasm; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Minnesota
  • Cathrine Ziyomo (Ph.D. 2012) Thesis: Genetic analysis to improve drought and low nitrogen tolerance of corn in monoculture and in a kura clover intercropping system; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Zimbabwe
  • Jon Massman (Ph.D. 2012) Thesis: Genomewide selection in maize: Improvement of grain yield and stover quality for cellulosic ethanol and prediction of hybrid performance; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Iowa
  • Christopher Schaefer (M.S. 2010; Ph.D. 2013) M.S. thesis: Breeding potential of semi-dwarf corn for grain and forage in the Northern U.S. Corn Belt; Ph.D. thesis: Historical Minnesota maize inbreds: Relatedness, diversity and marker associations for flowering time, kernel composition and disease resistance; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, South Dakota
  • Magan Lewis (M.S. 2008) Thesis: Potential for simultaneous improvement of maize grain yield and stover quality for cellulosic ethanol; Current employer: Dow AgroSciences, South Dakota
  • Patricio Mayor (Ph.D. 2008) Thesis: Joint use of doubled haploids and molecular markers to increase genetic gain in maize; Current employer: Syngenta, Argentina
  • Choo-kien Wong (M.S. 2007) Thesis: Genomewide selection in tree breeding: Increasing selection gain per unit time and cost with small populations in oil palm; Current employer: Advanced Agriecological Research, Malaysia
  • Robenzon Lorenzana (M.S. 2007, Ph.D. 2009) M.S. thesis: Genetic correlation between corn performance in organic and conventional production systems; Ph.D. thesis: Quantitative trait loci, trait correlations, and accuracy of genotypic value predictions for maize stover cell wall composition and glucose release for cellulosic ethanol; Current employer: AgReliant Genetics, Illinois
  • Dindo Tabanao (Ph.D. 2006) Thesis: Genetic variance and small number of parents in maize breeding populations; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Philippines
  • Jennifer Taller (M.S. 2003) Thesis: Diverse adapted populations for improving northern maize inbreds; Current employer: Beck’s Hybrids, Indiana
  • Martin Arbelbide (M.S. 2003, Ph.D. 2005) M.S. thesis: Random mating prior to selfing in maize backcross populations; Ph.D. thesis: In silico mapping from phenotypic, pedigree, and genomic data in self-pollinated crops; Current employer: DuPont Pioneer, Wisconsin
  • Jianming Yu (Ph.D. 2003) Thesis: Changes in genetic variance during advanced cycle breeding in maize; Current employer: Iowa State University
  • Hong Lu (Ph.D. 2001, Purdue University) Thesis: Segregation distortion and overdominance for heterosis in an elite maize single cross; Current employer: China Golden Marker (Beijing) Biotech Co. Ltd.