University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty By Department

Department of Agronomy:

Jean-Michel Ane: Plant microbe symbiotic associations; nodulation and mycorrhization; symbiotic nitrogen fixation and phosphate transport; genomics, phosphoproteomics and metabolomics; development of Medicago truncatula as a model legume.

Natalia de Leon: Plant breeding and quantitative genetics. Population enhancement for biomass increase and cell wall composition. Interface of plant breeding and quantitative and molecular genetics. Combination of different sources of genetic information such as phenotypic, genotypic and expression data. Genetic analysis of developmental traits in maize.

Lucia Gutierrez: Breeding cereals for more sustainable agricultural systems by working on the study of complex quantitative traits and the development, comparison, and deployment of new methodologies for quantitative genetics data analysis for plant breeding.

Heidi Kaepplercrop genomics, tissue culture, genetic engineering and genome editing.

Shawn Kaeppler: Molecular marker mapping theory and application, genetic analysis of disease resistance and yield components in maize, characterization of genome variability in maize tissue culture and field-grown plants, and elucidation of epigenetic mechanisms.

Ramamurthy (Mali) Mahalingam : Abiotic stress tolerance in barley includes germplasm screening, physiological and molecular basis for tolerance to heat and drought stress; Genomics; Improving barley malting quality; Reactive Oxygen Species signaling in stress and

William F. Tracy: Genetics, physiology, and breeding of sweet corn for quality and biological efficiency. Application of breeding to superior lines and hybrids.

Department of Biochemistry:

Richard Amasino: Regulation of plant development; specifically, floral induction and plant senescence.

Sebastian Y. Bednarek: Plant cell biology; intracellular protein trafficking, membrane biogenesis.

Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics:

Karl Broman: Statistical genetics.  Statistical methods and software for mapping quantitative trait loci.

Department of Botany:

Hiroshi Maeda: Specializes in plant biochemistry. His current research addresses the biochemical pathways that make amino acids and the pathways that split off from these, such as those that make lignin in cell walls.

Edgar Spalding: Measuring phenotypes by computational image analysis; seedling growth and development; transport physiology

Donald M. Waller: The evolution of life history traits and breeding systems; ecogenetics; conservation biology.

Department of Entomology:

Johanne Brunet: Gene Flow. or 

Department of Genetics:

Patrick H. Masson: Molecular Genetics of Root Gravitropism and Thigmotropism, response of plant and yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to mechanical and osmotic stimuli.

Xuehua Zhong: Epigenetic regulation, gene silencing, chromatin dynamics, RNA-regulated gene regulation.

Department of Horticulture:

John B. Bamberg: Genetics of wild and cultivated Solanum species as related to germplasm maintenance and utilization.

Paul Bethke: Potato Physiology. Focus is on the post-harvest physiology of potato tubers. Areas of emphasis include tuber water relations, carbohydrate metabolism, & physiological age.

Julie Dawson: Plant breeding for organic agriculture, participatory plant breeding and on-farm conservation of genetic resources.

Jeffrey EndelmanPotato breeding, genomic selection, genotyping-by-sequencing, computational biology.

Irwin L. Goldman: DNA marker-based investigation of vegetable crop genetics. Genetic analysis of phytopharmaceuticals. Germplasm enhancement and line development in carrot, onion, and beet.

Michael J. Havey: Molecular and classical genetics of vegetables, including the unique organellar genetics of Cucumis, anticarcinogenic compounds in the Alliums, and mechanisms of virus resistance. Genetic improvement and inbred development of cucumber and onion.

Shelley Jansky: Potato breeding and genetics; Utilization of wild Solanum species; Ploidy manipulation; Breeding for disease resistance; Reproductive biology.

Patrick Krysan: Functional genomics using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system. Development of novel technologies for understanding gene function at the genomic level.

James Nienhuis: Breeding and genetics of self-pollinated vegetable crops with special emphasis on snapbeans.

Sara Patterson: Developmental genetics of cell separation and cell adhesion using floral organ abscission in Arabidopsis as a model system.

Jiwan Palta: Potato breeding and genetics: Acclimatization and cold tolerance, storage and nutritional quality of potatoes, use of lipids in fruit ripening.

Philipp Simon: Genetics, breeding and biotechnology of carrot, onion, garlic and cucumber.

David M. Spooner: Evolution and systematics of potatoes and their wild relatives.

Yiqun Weng: Cucumber genetics and breeding: germplasm characterization and enhancement; genetics and genomics of important traits in cucumber, phylogenetics and genomic resources.

Juan Zalapa: Cranberry genetics and genomics, germplasm enhancement for use by growers, consumers, and researchers.

Department of Plant Pathology:

Andrew F. Bent: Molecular basis of plant disease resistance. Gene discovery and structure function analysis of defense induction/signal transduction pathways of Arabidopsis; soybean disease resistance; Arabidopsis and soybean transformation.

Douglas I. Rouse: Quantitative epidemiology; strategies for breeding for disease resistance.

Department of Statistics:

Brian S. Yandell: Biometry, statistical genetics, with particular interest in inference for QTLs in plant breeding