Principal Investigator

Peter Morrell

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Peter Morrell is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Li Lei

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Li is interested in barley sequence diversity and genomics.

Staff Scientists

Chaochih Liu

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Chaochih is the lab manager and has been investigating genomic structural variations that contribute to locally adaptive processes in barley. She is interested in evolutionary genetics and plant evolution.

Graduate Students

Colin Pierce


Graduate student in the Dean Lab.


Abby Proulx


Abby is an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management.

Connor Depies

Connor is an undergraduate student studying mathematics.

Corey Carter

Corey is an undergraduate for computer science and a sophomore. He is currently a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator for the MN Army National Guard and a former train conductor for Union Pacific.

Erica Sun

Erica is an undergraduate majoring in animal science with a pre-veterinary emphasis.

Malik Samuel

Malik is an undergraduate student who hopes to study mechanical engineering.

Skylar Wyant


Skylar is interested in bioinformatics and using computational tools to automate sequence processing.

Former Lab Members

Amber Eule-Nashoba, 2011

Rotation student

Ana Maria Poets [Gonzales], 2010 — 2015 , Website | Google Scholar | Github | LinkedIn | Twitter

PhD Applied Plant Sciences 2015. Currently a postdoctoral scholar with Kevin Smith at the University of Minnesota.

Ashley Rozmarin, 2012 — 2015
Undergraduate student

Beau Miller, 2011 — 2012
Undergraduate student

Benjamin Weil, 2014 — 2015
Undergraduate student

Diego Coelho, 2010
Undergraduate student

Erin Treiber, 2011

Rotation student

Felipe Reyes Gaibor, 2015 — 2016 , Github
Undergraduate student

Kelly Tweito, 2013
Undergraduate student

Kevin Volz, 2010
Undergraduate student

Kiran Seth, 2009 — 2015

Former research associate. Soybean environmental association and SNP annotation.

Margie Stringfield, 2013
Undergraduate student

Paul Hoffman, 2014 — 2017 , Google Scholar | Github | LinkedIn | Twitter

Paul is the bioinformatics specialist. He is interested in population structure, plant pathology and immunology, and computational biology.

Richard Trantow, 2015 — 2017
Undergraduate student

Tom Kono, 2011 — 2016 , Website | Google Scholar | Github | LinkedIn | Twitter

PhD Applied Plant Sciences 2016; currently a postdoctoral scholar with Suzanne McGaugh. Tom is interested in soybean genomics, wild barley SNP diversity, and SNP annotation.

Zhou Fang, 2009 — 2013 , Google Scholar | LinkedIn

PhD Plant Biological Sciences 2013. Biometrics and Breeding Research Scientist at Bayer CropScience. Formerly a postdoctoral scholar with Jim Holland at North Carolina State University.

Honorary Lab Members

Justin Anderson

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Justin is interested in soybean genomics. Currently a graduate student in the Stupar Lab.

Mikey Kantar

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Mikey is interested in sunflower genomics. Currently an assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Current Collaborators

Brandon S. Gaut

University of California at Irvine

Brian J. Steffenson

University of Minnesota

Concepcion M. Diez

Universidad de Córdoba

Gary J. Muehlbauer

University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

University of California at Davis

Kevin P. Smith

University of Minnesota

Michael T. Clegg

University of California at Irvine

Robert M. Stupar

University of Minnesota

Scott Jackson

University of Georgia

Wayne Parrott

University of Georgia

Past Collaborators

James E. Kurle

University of Minnesota

James R. Mickelson

University of Minnesota

James H. Orf

University of Minnesota

Molly E. McCue

University of Minnesota

Nevin D. Young

University of Minnesota

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