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Cornell University

175 Biotechnology Building

Ithaca, NY 14853




Sarah Jensen

Graduate Student

Research Interests:


I am a graduate student in Plant Breeding and Genetics with an interest in understanding how knowledge gained from one species (e.g. maize) can be applied to inform research and breeding in others. One of my projects is focused on building a Practical Haplotype Graph (PHG) and using it to produce whole-genome genotypes from low-coverage sequence data that can then be used for genomic selection. A second project is focused on improving our understanding of thermal adaptation and the molecular (RNA and protein) characteristics that are adaptive in a given temperature environment.


  • B.A. in Biochemistry and Chinese, Grinnell College


  • The 2018 Frosty Hill Fellowship for study at ICRISAT

  • The 2020  Barbara McClintock Graduate Student Award


Cimen, E*; Jensen, S. E.*; Buckler, E. S. (2020). "Building a tRNA thermometer to estimate microbial adaptation to temperature", Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 48, Issue 21, Pages 12004–12015,


Jensen, S. E.; Charles, J. R.; Muleta, K.; Bradbury, P. J.; Casstevens, T; Deshpande, S. P.; Gore, M. A.; Gupta, R.; Ilut, D. C.; Johnson, L.; Lozano, R.; Miller, Z.; Ramu, P.; Rathore, A.; Romay, M. C.; Upadhyaya, H. D.; Varshney, R.; Morris, G. P.; Pressoir, G.; Buckler, E. S.; Ramstein, Guillaume P. (2020). “A Sorghum Practical Haplotype Graph Facilitates Genome-wide Imputation and Cost-Effective Genomic Prediction.” The Plant Genome,

Ramstein, G. P.; Jensen, S. E.; Buckler, E. S. (2019). “Breaking the curse of dimensionality to identify causal variants in Breeding 4.” Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 132(3):559-567

Would you like to know more?

•    Protein thermal adaptation

•    A tRNA thermometer 

•    The sorghum PHG

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