Stephen Pearce is an Assistant Professor in Wheat Functional Genomics at Colorado State University. Stephen completed research towards his PhD at Rothamsted Research (UK) in 2009 and earned an MSc from the University of Sussex (2005) and a BSc from the University of Leeds (2003). His research interests lie in the application of molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to improve wheat yield and quality.
Research Associate III
Jennifer joined the Pearce lab in May 2016 as the lab manager with a B.S. from CSU in 2005 and a M.S. from Washington State University in 2008. Her background is disease genetics and genomics, but she was excited to work with plants. She works on the TILLING mutant projects as well as developing a genome editing pipeline for the lab.
Research Associate II
Yucong completed her M.S. from the University of Florida in 2017. She is working in collaboration with the wheat breeding program to develop a series of TILLING mutants, focusing on genes related to drought tolerance and grain quality. Meanwhile, she is also glad to help students and staff in the lab and keep the lab well organized.
Research Associate I
James graduated from CSU in 2013 with a degree in computer science. James works principally in bioinformatics, providing support for different projects in the lab, but he also enjoys helping out with greenhouse and field work when he gets the chance.
Andrew joined the Pearce Lab August of 2017. He is interested in characterizing a QTL on chromosome 6BL that affects grain width and thousand kernel weight in hard winter wheat. He is also working to develop CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing capabilities in Colorado Wheat Varieties. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Purdue University in May of 2014 where he investigated the molecular arms race between the Hessian Fly and Winter Wheat. He then moved on to the Joint Genome Institute where he built molecular tools for Brachypodium species. While there, Andrew focused on mycological and microbial plant interactions. Andrew hopes to one day lead a plant breeding program that utilizes a diverse tool box of molecular and agronomic tools.
Research Scientist III
Karl Ravet is a Research Scientist III who joined the Crop Genomics lab in January 2018. Karl completed his PhD in the “Integrative Biology Institute for Plants-CNRS-INRA” in Montpellier (France) in 2008. Since then Karl has been conducting several research programs at CSU on arabidopsis, poplar, sugar beet, sorghum, and various weedy species. Karl’s research interests include plant nutrition, photosynthesis, stress response, and the evolution of traits such as herbicide resistance. Karl combines physiological, biochemical, molecular, genetic, genomics, bioinformatics and imaging tools to address important biological questions related to gene function and regulation. Karl is currently applying CRISPR/Cas9 tools to develop novel traits in elite winter wheat varieties.