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Expert in Plant Genomics, Genetics and Breeding; Improvement of Food, Feed, Fiber, Forage and Biomass Crops; Plant DNA fingerprinting; Variety identification

Expert ID: 732058 Georgia, USA

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Consultant’s work has addressed dimensions of plant genome biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, balancing increased food security with expanded bioenergy supplies while mitigating the challenges of a looming worldwide water crisis. He and the members of the unit he heads have pioneered and implemented tools and methods for accelerating crop improvement, also clarifying plant evolutionary history. Their impacts range from on-farm benefits such as the first peanut cultivar developed using DNA markers, to insights into fundamental questions such as the role of polyploidy in crop productivity, and include new tools for improving many crops. His unit actively pursues research opportunities to link increased fundamental knowledge to improved human lives.

Consultant has 25 years professional experience including both private and public sector work and consulting experience; holds highest title available to research personnel at major US university where he is employed (Regents Professor), also serving as administrative head of his unit; has secured more than US$48 million in competitive grants and published more than 320 refereed scientific publications cited more than 18,000 times; has led or participated in numerous international teams in successful completion of ‘big science’ projects; has written or edited 5 books, 74 book chapters, 12 popular press articles, 10 patent applications, and delivered more than 200 professional presentations; has mentored more than 50 graduate students, 50 postdoctoral scientists, 120 undergrads, and 11 K-12 teachers.

Consultant has conducted and/or overseen more than 20 years of research in genome biology (largely in flowering plants but also including animals, insects, bacteria and viruses), including genetic mapping, physical mapping, genome sequencing, genome analysis and comparison. Consultant has conducted and/or overseen more than 20 years of research in genetic analysis of complex traits of agricultural importance using DNA markers in a wide range of crop plants and botanical models, including monocots and dicots, diploids, autopolyploids and allopolyploids, of economic importance for a wide range of purposes. DNA marker based studies have been a focus.

Consultant conducted and/or oversaw development of first and most detailed genetic map for cotton and its application to genetic analysis of complex traits of agricultural importance using DNA markers, followed by physical mapping, reference genome sequencing, genome analysis and comparison, and diversity analysis of cotton. Consultant conducted and/or oversaw development of most detailed genetic map for sorghum and its application to genetic analysis of complex traits of agricultural importance using DNA markers, followed by physical mapping, reference genome sequencing, genome analysis and comparison, and diversity analysis of sorghum.

Consultant has conducted and/or overseen genetic mapping of sugarcane, genetic analysis of complex traits of agricultural importance using DNA markers, and participated in physical mapping, sequencing, and genome analysis and comparison. Consultant was trained in conventional plant breeding, has trained others who now run conventional breeding programs, and works with conventional plant breeders toward development and application of DNA markers in breeding programs.

Independent consultant to Mendel Biotechnology Inc., and associated Mendel Bioenergy Seeds, later appointed to scientific advisory board of both.External Advisory Board, CGRUIB program, Southwest University, Chongqing PR China; CGRUIB program aims to genetically improve the major field and horticultural crops by utilizing abundant plant resources in mountainous regions of the Southwest China and by applying new theories, technologies and methodologies from modern plant biologyScientific advisor to Rockefeller Foundation, South Asia program on Resilient Crops for Water-Limited Environments.Scientific advisor to SUCEST: sugarcane genome initiative funded by FAPESP (state of Sao Paulo, Brazil)Scientific advisor, DNA Landmarks (startup biotechnology firm)

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Augusta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Macon, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Greenville, South Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: PhD Subject: Plant genetics Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1986 Degree: MS Subject: Plant breeding Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1982 Degree: BS Subject: Plant Science Institution: University of Delaware

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He is both the principal investigator and administrative head of a budgetary unit focused on extramurally funded research as detailed in expertise description.
Years: 1991 to 1998 Employer: A respected American University Title: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Initial faculty appointment, headed lab, tenured in 4 years, advanced to full professor in 7 years.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: E.I. duPont de Nemours Title: Research biochemist Department: Agricultural Biotechnology Responsibilities: Researcher
Years: 1988 to 1989 Employer: Cornell University Title: Postdoctoral scientist Department: Plant Breeding Responsibilities: Research in tomato genetics and genomics.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1991 to Present Agency: USDA Role: Proposal reviewer and panelist Description: Reviewed extramural proposals and internal scientific programs for numerous divisions, including leadership and formulation of scientific review panels
Years: 1995 to Present Agency: NIH Role: Proposal reviewer, panelist Description: Reviewed extramural proposals for numerous divisions
Years: 1995 to Present Agency: NSF Role: Proposal reviewer, panelist Description: Reviewed extramural proposals for numerous divisions
Years: 1995 to Present Agency: DOE Role: Proposal reviewer, panelist Description: Reviewed extramural proposals for numerous divisions

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to Present Country / Region: Numerous Summary: His activities have long enjoyed a large international element -- examples of outcomes include first-authorship of the cotton genome sequence (2012) involving 74 authors from 31 institutions in 10 countries; and the sorghum genome sequence (2009) involving 39 authors from 19 institutions in 7 countries. His collaborative research activities have involved scientists from many countries, for example long being a research partner of several CGIAR centers (IRRI, CIMMYT, and ICRISAT) and serving as the Project Director of a USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab that links ICRISAT teams in India, Mali and Kenya with Jimma University (Ethiopia), the Agricultural Research Council (South Africa), and The Land Institute (KS, USA). He has also participated in international education and development oversight, serving as a scientific advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation South Asia Network for Drought-Resilient Crops; the Brazilian ‘SUCEST’ sugarcane genome initiative; and the CGIAR Generation Challenge Program (GCP) during its formation and initial granting cycle. He has

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), Genetics Society of America (GSA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI), Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA), Professional Assn for Cactus Development (PACD).
Professional Appointments
Have served continually since 2003 in numerous elected offices of ICGI, including overall chair;
Past elected officer and chair of US Sorghum Genome Initiative;
Associate editor of professional journals: Genetics, TAG, Tropical Plant Biology, G3. Past: Plant Physiology (36 decisions), Crop Sci. (ca. 20 decisions), JPACD, Brazilian J. Genetics, JQTL.: Texas A&M Row Crops Release Committee.
Awards / Recognition
Cotton, Inc. Cotton Biotechnology award (lead member of a team of 5, for the cotton genome sequence).
International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Researcher of the Year
ICRISAT RP-DC’s Outstanding Scientific Article Award, for Bhosale et al., BMC Plant Biology
Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award, Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and American Farm Bureau (one of two in USA)
United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Crop Improvement Committee
Int’l Cotton Genome Initiative Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cotton Genomics
Lamar Dodd Award, Univ GA, for internationally recognized research in the sciences.
Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Agriculture, Univ. Delaware
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Cotton Genetics Research Award, National Cotton Council
James Irvine Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oversight committee.
Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Plant Sciences.
DOE Joint Genome Institute Community Sequencing Program User Committee.
Who’s Who in Agriculture Higher Education (AcademicKeys)
D. W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research, Univ. Georgia.
Cotton, Inc. Cotton Biotechnology award (inaugural recipient).
Scientific advisor, Resilient Crops for Water-Limited Envts (Rockefeller Fndn).
Selected as Texas A&M “University Lecturer.”
"Young Crop Scientist" of the Year, Crop Science Society of America.
Medical / Professional
ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Training Program, 2001-2
Publications and Patents Summary
He has published more than 400 refereed scientific publications cited more than 60,000 times; has led or participated in numerous international teams in successful completion of ‘big science’ projects; has written or edited 5 books, 74 book chapters, 12 popular press articles, 10 patent applications, and delivered more than 200 professional presentations

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Conducted DNA fingerprinting of plant genotypes in support of intellectual property litigation
Training / Seminars
Consultant has presented more than 200 scientific presentations at symposia, meetings, workshops, etc

Other Relevant Experience
Formed and led international research teams; guided formation of new breeding programs in several crops; served as consultant to research programs for two major Chinese universities

Fields of Expertise

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