UC Davis Plant Sciences
Crop Evolution, Domestication, and Biodiversity  - Paul Gepts Lab at UC Davis

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The Crop Evolution, Domestication, and Biodiversity Lab

March 2015

  • Paul Gepts, PhD, PI
  • Andrea Ariani: postdoc in landscape and ecological genomics, USDA-NIFA-AFRI
  • Antonia Palkovic, MS, Assistant Specialist in Bean Breeding
  • Sarah Dohle, PhD student, PhD student, Plant Biology: lima bean genetics, genomics, and breeding; NSF predoctoral fellowship
  • Jorge Berny Mier y Teran, PhD student, Horticulture & Agronomy: common bean genetics, genomics, and breeding; CONACYT, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Tamara Miller, MS student, Horticulture & Agronomy: common bean genetics: marker-assisted selection, African Bean Consortium (Kirkhouse Trust)
  • Erin Wilkus, PhD student, Ecology: farmer adoption of bean varieties in Uganda
  • Manisha Thapa, MS student: Horticulture & Agronomy: garbanzo genetics and quality
  • Maria Isabel Chacon Sánchez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá: population genomics of lima bean
  • Mahdi Geravandi, visiting student, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran: common bean breeding
  • Amanda Luna Mera, PhD student, Ecology: farmer management of bean diversity in Mexico; CONACYT, Mexico
  • Travis Parker, PhD student, Plant Biology
  • Kay Watt, PhD student, Integrated Genetics and Genomics; NSF predoctoral fellowship.
  • Ninh Khuu, undergraduate student, lima bean breeding
  • KarlaAnne Sison, undergraduate student, lima bean breeding
  • Vanessa Mora, undergraduate student, lima bean breeding
  • Angela Celis de Almeida Lopes, Universidade Federal de Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil, visiting scientist: lima bean breeding
  • Eneas Konzen: visiting PhD student, Universidade de Sao Paulo, CENA, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil: July-December 2013, June-October 2014

Gone but not forgotten ...

Former members and visitors of the Gepts lab with their occupation in the lab (student, postdoc, visiting scientist, ... ) and their current position when known:

  • Shahal Abbo, visiting scientist, The Hebrew University, Israel: February 2013-July 2013
  • Araceli Aguilar Meléndez, visiting scientist, from Universidad Veracruzana, CITRO
  • Hani Antoun, visiting scientist, August 2003 - August 2004; permanent position: Faculty at the Université Laval, Québec.
  • Natalia Barboza Vargas, visiting scientist, Universidad de Costa Rica: September 2011-December 2011.
  • Viviana Becerra, MS Agronomy, now at INIA Quilamapu, Laboratorio de Análisis Genético y Propagación de Plantas, Chillán, Chile
  • Arthur Bernardeli, visiting undergraduate student (Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program: bean breeding
  • Candace Brooks, undergraduate student, Biotechnology
  • Marilia Lobo Burle, Brazil, PhD Ecology, Curator, Phaseolus collection, EMBRAPA-CENARGEN, Brasilia
  • Luseko Chilagane, visiting MS student, Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) and ABC project: August 2011-December 2011. Currently: PhD student, SUA.
  • Maria Cigales Rivero, visiting scientist, Universidad de Colima, Mexico
  • Patricia Colunga-GarciaMarín, PhD, visiting scientist, CICY, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Sylvaine Coulibaly, PhD, now with Del Monte Food Company, Stockton, CA
  • Diaga Diouf, PhD, visiting scientist, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  • Shelby (Repinski) Ellison, PhD Genetics; now: postdoc, USDA-ARS at Dept. of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin.
  • Fouzia Fazel, undergraduate student, Biotechnology
  • Yonas Feleke, Ethiopia, visiting graduate student, PhD University of Nairobi
  • Juan Jose Ferreira, PhD, visiting scientist, Banco de Semillas del Principado de Asturias, SERIDA, Spain
  • Rosanna Freyre, postdoctoral; then, Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire; now Research Scientist, Dept. of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Marta Galván, visiting scientist, INTA, Salta, Argentina: August - December 2009. Current occupation: Molecular geneticist CONICET at INTA-Cerrillos Station.
  • Belén Garrido, MS Agronomy, now Berkeley, CA, school district
  • Valérie Geffroy, postdoctoral, now at Institut de Biotechnologie des Plantes, Université Paris-Sud, LPPM, 91405 Orsay, France
  • Tania Gioia, visiting student, Università degli Studi della Basilicata: March 2010 – October 2011. Current occupation: Postdoc Forschungszentrum, Jülich, Germany.
  • Jose Vicente Gomes dos Santos, visiting student, ESALQ, Unviersidade de Sao Paulo: September 2008-March 2009; deceased.
  • Augusto Gomez Guimaraes, visiting student, ESALQ, Universidade de Sao Paulo: April-September 2010
  • Maria Celeste Gonçalves Vidigal, visiting scientist, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, PR, Brasil, December 2008-December 2009. Current occupation: Faculty, UEM.
  • Alonso Gonzalez Mejía, postdoctoral; now Head Fruit Tree Program, CIAT, Cali, Colombia
  • Margaret Gutiérrez, visiting scientist, INIA, Venezuela: August - November 2004. Current position: Research and Technology Innovation Manager, INIA, Maracay, Venezuela.
  • Angela Holbrook, USA, graduate student, MS Genetics
  • Matthew Hufford, PhD Ecology; now: Assistant Professor, Bept. of Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • William Johnson, PhD Genetics, Cucumber and squash breeder, Seminis Vegetable Seeds , Woodland, CA
  • Jim Kami, PhD Genetics; postgraduate researcher, 1999-2012
  • Jim Kelly, sabbatical, Professor at Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State Univ.; president, Bean Improvement Cooperative
  • Rose Koenig, student, MS International Agricultural Development, then PhD Plant Pathology, University of Florida; now, organic grower, Gainesville, FL and Co-director, Center for Organic Agriculture and Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Epimaki Koinange, PhD Genetics, Tanzania; Coffee breeding, Lyamungu Station, Moshi, Tanzania. Deceased.
  • Sarah Kuzay, undergraduate student: SNP analysis of common bean core collection
  • Myounghai Kwak, South Korea, PhD Genetics, senior scientist, National Institute for Biological Resources, Korea
  • Gabriela Lama, undergraduate student, Biotechnology
  • Hanh Le, undergraduate student, Biotechnology
  • Sun Lei, visiting student, Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS), Changchun, China: September 2010-September 2011
  • Joyce Leveque, undergraduate student, Biotechnology
  • Juliano Lino Ferreira, visiting student, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, MG, Brasil. Now: Researcher, EPAMIG, Brazil.
  • Víctor Llaca, PhD Genetics, now at Analytical and Genomic Technologies, Crop Genetics R&D, DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition, Wilmington, DE 19880, USA.
  • José de Jesus Luna Ruíz, visiting scientist, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Rajendra Malhotra, India, visiting scientist from ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria
  • Cristina Mapes, visiting postdoctoral fellow, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Margarita Mauro Herrera, PhD Genetics, USDA-ARS, Miami, FL
  • Mercy Mbogori, visiting student, U. of Nairobi (Kenya) and ABC project: August 2011-May 2012. Current occupation: doctoral student, U. of Nairobi.
  • Cristina Menéndez, University of Pamplona, Spain
  • Dennis Okii, visiting MS student, Makerere U. (Uganda) and ABC project: August 2011-January 2012.
  • Lee Panella, PhD student, Genetics; now Research Leader, Sugar Beet Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, CO
  • Rubens Nodari, PhD Genetics, Professor, Departamento de Fitotecnia, Centro de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, SC, Brazil; currently, Manage of Genetic Resources, Secretariat of Biodiversity and Forests, Ministry of the Environment, Brasilia, Brasil
  • Luca Pallottini (Italy; March to August 2003) - Visiting student of the University of Padova: Genetic diversity of beans and bean genomics. Lettuce breeder, Monsanto, Italy.
  • Lee Panella, USDA-ARS: Research leader and geneticist Sugarbeet, Fort Collins, CO
  • Roberto Papa , visiting postdoctoral scientist, Professor at Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • Mario Paredes, PhD Genetics, now at INIA Quilamapu, Laboratorio de Análisis Genético y Propagación de Plantas, Chillán, Chile
  • Pedro Arraes Pereira, sabbatical; formerly, Director-general of CNPAF , EMBRAPA, Goiania, GO, Brazil; LABEX representatative of EMBRAPA at Beltsville, MA, US; president EMBRAPA (2009-2012)
  • Remy Pasquet, visiting scientist; currently at ICIPE, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Giambattista Polignano, visiting scientist, at Istituto di Germplasma, Bari, Italy
  • Valérie Poncet, postdoctoral, now at France IRD (Institut de Recherches pour le Developpement), Diversité et Génomes des Plantes Cultivées (DGPC), Montpellier, France
  • Pilar Ramírez Fonseca, visiting scientist, Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Jamily Ramos De Lima, visiting undergraduate student, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program: bean breeding
  • Maria Rojas, PhD Plant Biology, now in Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
  • Julianno Sambatti, PhD Ecology,  postdoc at Dept. of Botany, University of British Columbia, now Research and Development Scientist at Bradar - Embraer Defesa & Segurança, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
  • Asgar Shirmohamadali, MS Genetics, now at Harris-Moran Seed Co.
  • Gisela Shonnard, PhD Genetics, Michigan
  • Gabriella Sonnante, visiting scientist, now at Istituto di Germplasma, Bari, Italy
  • Tammy Stockton, postdoctoral
  • Fana Sylla Ba, MS Agronomy, now at Senchim AG, Dakar, Senegal
  • Ana Maria Torres Romero, visiting scientist, Centro de Investigación y Formación Agroalimentaria, Córdoba, Spain
  • Siu-Mui Tsai , visiting scientist; at CENA , Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
  • Dianne Velasco, undergraduate student, Plant Biology; now at USDA Clonal Repository, Davis, CA
  • Pedro Soares Vidigal Filho, visiting scientist, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, PR, Brasil, December 2008-December 2009. Current occupation: Faculty, UEM.
  • Tim Wills, USA, graduate student, MS Horticulture and Agronomy, now at Tomato Genetics Resource Center, UC Davis
  • Benil Zamora, Philippines, graduate student, MS International Agricultural Development, now PhD student, University of Manitoba
  • Daniel Zizumbo, PhD, visiting scientist; from CICY , Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico