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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.

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Dr. Karl Ravet

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.

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Andrew Katz

PhD Student

Andrew joined the Pearce Lab August of 2017. He is characterizing a QTL on chromosome 6BL that affects spikelet number per spike in hard winter wheat as part of the Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Program (https://www.triticeaecap.org/qtl-cloning-at-colorado-state-university/). 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 Brachypodiumspecies. 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.

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Yucong Xie

PhD Student

Yucong is a Ph.D. student in the Stephen Pearce lab since 2018 fall. She is now interested in utilizing functional genomic, molecular genetics, transcriptomic, and bioinformatic tools to identify new candidate genes for Wheat Streak Mosaic virus (WSMV) resistant traits in Colorado winter wheat varieties. Yucong completed her BSc from Huazhong Agricultural University in China (2015) and MSc from University of Florida (2017) with a focus on Horticultural Sciences.

Carl VanGessel

PhD Student

Carl joined the Pearce lab in Spring 2019 as a Ph.D. student interested in genomic analysis of wheat. His work focuses on characterization of phenological response to ambient temperature using functional genomic, transcriptomic, and bioinformatics tools. Carl is also working on developing viral immunity in monocots using CRISPR/Cas machinery. He is also a member of Dr. Scott Haley’s Wheat Breeding program at CSU. Carl received his B.S. in Biology from Catholic University and M.S. in Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University where he focused on mapping resistance to Ug99-stem rust in wheat.

Patricia Vail

Undergraduate Student

Patricia’s research is focused on using gene editing tools to develop constructs that will improve drought tolerance and wheat quality. She is a Soil and Crop Sciences major with a focus in plant genetics.

Jessie Hummel

Laboratory Assistant

Jessie joined the Pearce Lab in spring of 2019. Her passion is genome editing, and she has been supporting wheat and potato tissue culture and transformation in the lab. She also assists on other projects, including field and greenhouse work, molecular biology, and phenotyping. Jessie obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College and studied plant science at UC Davis. Before coming to CSU, she worked in the UC Davis Plant Transformation Facility.

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Rocío Alarcón-Reverte

Research Associate

Rocío Alarcón-Reverte joined the Pearce Lab in November 2018 as Research Associate IV. Rocío studied Agricultural Engineering (Plant production field) at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) and completed her PhD in weed science at Rothamsted Research (UK). Rocío is working in the development of TILLING lines to characterize target genes involved in quality, production and disease resistance traits.

Mallory Wilemon

Undergraduate Student

Mallory joined the Pearce Lab in June 2018 and assists with field work, data collection, and various projects. She is excited about the opportunity to supplement in-class learning with lab work, furthering her knowledge in molecular genetic and transcriptomic tools and their applications in agronomy. She is a Soil and Crop Sciences major with a concentration in plant biotechnology, genetics, and breeding.

Caitlynd Krosch

Laboratory Assistant

Joined the Pearce lab in October 2019 as a Research Associate I. She received her B.S. in Plant Science at the University of Minnesota in May of 2017. She will be working on plant tissue culturing and genetic transformation in wheat and potatoes.

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