Stephen Pearce – Assistant Professor
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. Download Dr. Pearce’s CV.
Jennifer Cotter – 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.
Yucong Xie – 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.
James Hamilton – 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 Katz – PhD Student
I joined the Pearce Lab August of 2017. I am interested in characterizing a QTL on chromosome 6BL
that affects grain width and thousand kernel weight in hard winter wheat. I am also working to develop
CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing capabilities in Colorado Wheat Varieties. I received my Bachelor of Science
in Agronomy from Purdue University in May of 2014 where I investigated the molecular arms race between
the Hessian Fly and Winter Wheat. I then moved on to the Joint Genome Institute where I built molecular
tools for Brachypodium species. While there I focused on mycological and microbial plant interactions.
I hope to one day lead a plant breeding program that utilizes a diverse tool box of molecular and agronomic tools.