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

Emily Dittmar

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Emily is a postdoctoral scholar co-advised with Dr. John Burke.

Graduate Students

Chaochih Liu

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Chaochih is a graduate student and has been investigating genomic structural variations that contribute to locally adaptive processes in barley. She is interested in bioinformatics, population genetics, and plant evolution.

Giulia Frascarelli


Giulia is a visiting graduate student from the Polytechnic University of Marche, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. She primarily works on common bean and is interested in population genetics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics.


Samuel Hamann


Sam is an undergraduate Computer Science student who is interested in AI and Machine Learning.

Former Lab Members

Abby Proulx, 2017 — 2018 , Github

Undergraduate student

Amber Eule-Nashoba, 2011

Rotation student

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

PhD Applied Plant Sciences 2015. Currently a Genetics Project Lead at Syngenta.

Ashley Rozmarin, 2012 — 2015
Undergraduate student

Bailey Brandel, 2019 , Github

Bailey is a Bioproducts Engineering student who is interested in research related to sustainability.

Beau Miller, 2011 — 2012
Undergraduate student

Benjamin Weil, 2014 — 2015
Undergraduate student

Brian Shaw, 2018 — 2019 , Github | LinkedIn

Brian is an undergraduate student studying Genetics, Cellular Biology, and Development (GCD).

Colin Pierce, 2015 — 2017 , Github

Graduate student in the Dean Lab.

Connor Depies, 2016 — 2018 , Github
Undergraduate student

Corey Carter, 2019 , Github | LinkedIn

Corey is currently a Logistician with Northrop Grumman.

Diego Coelho, 2010
Undergraduate student

Emily Vonderharr, 2017 — 2019 , Github

Emily is an undergraduate student studying Strategic Communication and French.

Erica Sun, 2016 — 2019 , Github

Erica is an undergraduate student studying genetics and animal science.

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.

Li Lei, 2015 — 2019 , Google Scholar | Github | LinkedIn | Twitter

Former postdoc. Currently a bioinformatician at JGI.

Malik Samuel, 2017 — 2018 , Github | LinkedIn

Malik is a previous undergraduate student who hopes to study mechanical engineering.

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. He is currently a bioinformatician at the New York Genome Center.

Richard Trantow, 2015 — 2017
Undergraduate student

Skylar Wyant, 2015 — 2019 , Github

Skylar is a former undergraduate student and technician interested in bioinformatics and population genetics. She is currently a PhD student at University of California Irvine.

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

PhD Applied Plant Sciences 2016; currently a Research Informatics Solutions Analyst at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Tom is interested in soybean genomics, wild barley SNP diversity, and SNP annotation.

Zhou Fang, 2009 — 2013 , Website | Google Scholar | LinkedIn

PhD Plant Biological Sciences 2013. Currently a data scientist at Syngenta, Raleigh-Durham, NC. 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 postdoctoral researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Mikey Kantar

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Mikey is an assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Current Collaborators

Brian J. Steffenson

University of Minnesota

Gary J. Muehlbauer

University of Minnesota

Justin C. Fay

University of Rochester

Kevin P. Smith

University of Minnesota

Robert M. Stupar

University of Minnesota

Scott Jackson

University of Georgia

Wayne Parrott

University of Georgia

Past Collaborators

Brandon S. Gaut

University of California at Irvine

Concepcion M. Diez

Universidad de Córdoba

James R. Mickelson

University of Minnesota

James H. Orf

University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

University of California at Davis

Michael T. Clegg

University of California at Irvine

Molly E. McCue

University of Minnesota

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