David P. Jackson
Ph.D., John Innes Institute, U.K. 1991
Kyle received his Ph.D. from the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia in the lab of Kelly Dawe. Kyle used crosses between Zea diploperennis and maize to map perennial regrowth to two loci as part of his Ph.D. work. In Kyle’s current research, he is interested in the developmental genetics of perennial regrowth in grasses.
Xiaosa received his bachelor in Nanjing Agricultural University where he conducted three year QTL-mapping research on rice yield in Dr. Jianmin Wan Lab. He then got his PhD degree in The University of Texas at Austin where he focused on the phytochrome-mediated light signaling pathway of Arabidopsis in Dr. Enamul Huq lab. In the Jackson Lab, he is mainly focusing on the identification and functional characterization of genetic and physical interactors of ramosa3 on the regulation of maize inflorescence meristem development. Additionally, he is studying the genome-wide regulation by transcription factors on the maize development and growth. Xiaosa likes to play basketball a lot during his free time. The sport gives him energy and strength to overcome difficulties of scientific research.
I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, under the mentorship of Dr. David Braun. The primary focus of my dissertation research was identification and characterization of genes that control carbohydrate partitioning. In the Jackson lab, my research is focused on genetic mechanisms determining maize inflorescence architecture. I am investigating the role of trehalose-6-phosphate signaling in early ear development by characterization of different genes involving in trehalose biosynthesis. I am also interested in studying genetic mechanisms that control assimilate unloading at the inflorescence meristem. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my friends, hiking and reading book. I also love traveling and visiting new places, meeting new people and learning about different cultures.
Penelope Lindsay earned her PhD in Plant Biology from Cornell University. During her PhD, she studied how plants regulate arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in the lab of Maria Harrison. She joined the Jackson lab in January 2020 to gain a deeper understanding of maize inflorescence development. She is particularly interested in how signaling proteins interact to mediate inflorescence development, and how fine-tuning the expression of signaling genes can positively impact maize yield. When not in the lab, Penelope enjoys making electronic music and spending time with her cat.
Nandhakumar Shanmugaraj, being passionate about plant science from childhood, earned his PhD in Agriculture sciences from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg/Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany. During his PhD, he studied the molecular mechanism behind pre-anthesis tip degeneration of the barley inflorescence in the lab of Prof. Thorsten Schnurbusch. He joined the Jackson lab in July 2023 to answer some of the open questions on maize inflorescence development for improving grain yield. He is particularly interested in dissecting the functions of deeply conserved non-coding sequences of the maize developmental genes by targeted genome editing. Nandha enjoys listening to and playing music, cooking, and traveling when not in the lab.
Vijina Varapparambath graduated from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune (IISERPune) in India under the supervision of Dr. Kalika Prasad. She dissected the molecular mechanism driving the self-organization during de novo shoot organogenesis and identified CUC2-XTH9 axis acts non-cell autonomously to promote shoot meristem formation de novo and her studies provide a simple module accountable for self-organized morphogenesis.
In the Jackson Lab, she is investigating the mechanism of intercellular mRNA trafficking through plasmodesmata in Arabidopsis as a model organism. Vijina’s research is specifically centered on how RNA exosome subunit, RRP44A, facilitates the movement of mRNA signals between cells in plants.
In her leisure time, Vijina enjoys engaging in drawing and painting. She loves traveling and exploring different places whenever she has the opportunity to do so.
Sessen Daniel Iohannes
Sessen received her bachelor‘s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pisa and her master’s degrees in Molecular Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy). Prior to joining the School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for her Ph.D. research, she worked as a research assistant in Prof. Mario Enrico Pe’s Lab at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where she used landscape genomics approaches to study local adaptation and genomic vulnerability to climate change in Eragrostis tef. In the Jackson Lab, she is investigating questions at the interface of maize evolutionary genetics and developmental biology to tackle genetic redundancy - the next frontier in plant functional studies. Outside of research, Sessen leads several outreach and community engagement initiatives. She co-leads the outreach branch of the CSHL Women In Science and Engineering (WiSE) network, and she coordinates the African Researchers’ Network within the American Society of Plant Biologists. Sessen is also an avid reader of historical fiction and an amateur poet.
Jackson-Yang Lab, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
Dave is a Chang Jiang Scholar, and visiting Professor, at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
Please contact him for employment opportunities at HZAU.
Munenori Kitagawa, Assistant Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
Jae Hyung Lee, Post Doc, University of Utah
Lei Liu, Assistant Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
Richelle Chen, Cardozo School of Law
Edgar Demesa-Arevalo, Post Doc, Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany
Yinan Jian, PhD Student, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Fang Xu, Assistant Professor, Shandong University, China
Hannes Claeys, Senior Scientist at Inari Agriculture
Juan Huang, PhD Student, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Qingyu Wu, Assistant Professor, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing, China
Byoung Il Je, Assistant Professor, Pusan National University, Korea
Rachappa Balkunde, Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington University, St.Louis
Michael Pautler, Research Associate, Trait Development at Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Andrea Eveland, Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Yael Galon, Researcher, Evogene. Rehovot, Israel
Lang Son Vi, Researcher, The Agricultural Genetics Institute, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Susumu Hiraga, Researcher, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Tsukuba, Japan
Huyen Bui, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah
Fang Yang, Assistant Professor, Huazhong Agriculture University
Peter Bommert, Assistant Professor, Hamburg, Germany
Stacy DeBlasio, Post Doc, Cornell University
Yoselin Benitez Alfonso, Academic Fellow, Centre for Plant Science, University of Leeds, UK
Fumio Shiobara, Researcher, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan
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Alexander Goldschmidt, Institute of Plant Science,The Volcani Center,Rishon Lezion, Israel
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Robyn Johnston, Post Doc Associate, Cornell University
Clinton Whipple, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Namiko Satoh Nagasawa, Associate Professor, Akita University, Japan
Daniel Bouyer, Research Fellow, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes
Amitabh Mohanty, Group Leader, Genetic Discovery, E.I. DuPont India Pvt Ltd
Byeong Ha Lee, Associate Professor, Sogang University, Korea
Andrea Gallavotti, Principal Investigator, Rutgers Waksman Institute of Microbiology
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Anna Giulini, Researcher, The National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition
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