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Agricultural Biotechnology: Emerging Technologies and Insights
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Jan 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Doreen Ware, Ph.D.
Computational Biologist, Adjunct Professor @USDA Agricultural Research Service and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Doreen Ware is recognized as a leader in plant genomics and bioinformatics. Over the last several years her laboratory has contributed to collaborative projects supporting genomics-enabled science, with a focus on understanding plant genome architecture and its impact on complex traits – including grain yield, response to nitrogen, and disease resistance. Dr. Ware’s group has contributed to the development of reference genome resources for rice, maize, sorghum and grape, as well as Cyberinfrastructure projects to support access and integration of genome-scale data. Dr. Ware serves in several leadership positions within the plant science community and was acting Chief Scientific Information Officer for USDA ARS from 2014-2017.
Zach Bateson, Ph.D.
Research Scientist @National Agricultural Genotyping Center
Trained as a population geneticist, Zack Bateson has used bioinformatics and molecular diagnostics for the last 15 years to investigate issues in conservation genetics and agriculture. Dr. Bateson is currently lead research scientist at the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC), a not-for-profit, ISO-accredited testing facility. At NAGC, he and colleagues develop molecular-based tests to rapidly identify pathogens and pests that threaten crops and livestock around the United States. NAGC is also the primary testing facility for the National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative, a new USDA ARS collaborative project that aims to help farmers predict disease outbreaks. Dr. Bateson is a part-time instructor at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Rob Martienssen, Ph.D.
Professor @Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Rob Martienssen studies epigenetic mechanisms that shape and regulate the genome, and their impact on transposable elements, first discovered by Barbara McClintock at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. These mechanisms underlie clonal propagation of oil palm, with implications for rain forest conservation, and of aquatic plants, including the humble duckweed, that are being engineered in the Martienssen lab for biofuel production and carbon sequestration. The link between epigenetics and RNA interference was named “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine. Dr. Martienssen joined the faculty at Cold Spring Harbor in 1989. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He was awarded the McClintock Prize in 2018 and the Darwin Medal in 2020.