Contact Information:

Cornell University

175 Biotechnology Building

Ithaca, NY 14853


Email: mbb262@cornell.edu


Merritt Khaipho-Burch

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

I am a graduate student in the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics  and I'm working on the Practical Haplotype Graph in maize and investigating genetic variation and genetic load in the Andropogoneae. 

For my master’s degree, I generated and identified candidate genes involved in male gametophyte development using plutonium-beryllium mutagenesis and mapped modifiers of the cross-incompatibility system, teosinte crossing barrier 1 (tcb1) in maize. 


•    M.S. in Biology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota


•    B.S. in Biology, University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii