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Ithaca, NY 14853
My main areas of interests are quantitative genetics and plant biology. After a PhD in plant breeding and plant genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, I joined the Buckler Lab to further my understanding of the functional bases of genetic variation in plants.
My research topics relate to the genotype-phenotype map: the various processes connecting genetic variation to phenotypic variability in the field. Simple additive models have been successful in capturing effects of genetic variants, so they did shed light onto the genetic architecture of traits. But only partially--there is a lot more to discover about the connection between genetics and phenotypes. Though the complexity of the biology underlying the genotype-phenotype map may appear vertiginous, there could nonetheless be significant improvements from the simplistic approaches that make the norm in quantitative genetics today. Not only extensions of the current paradigm, but also innovative approaches based on machine learning techniques could lead us in that direction.
• Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison