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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


USDA-ARS Geneva Location welcomes the arrivals of our two new Research Scientists, Drs. ChihCheng Thomas Chao (Thomas) and Jason Londo on August 29th, 2011.


Dr. Chao is joining the Plant Genetic Resources Unit as the clonal germplasm curator responsible for apples, tart cherries, and cold hardy grapes. Dr. Chao has a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of California-Davis. He also earned a B.A in Horticulture from the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan.


Dr. Thomas Chao brings a wealth of research and extension experience working with clonal fruit crops at the University of California-Riverside and at Sunkist Growers. Dr. Chao has numerous publications in technical journals and in the popular press. He brings a broad background in horticulture, plant breeding, and genetics with an emphasis in clonal fruit crops to the Plant Genetic Resources clonal curator position.


Dr. Chao will be located in the ARS Clonal Research Building.


Dr. Londo is joining the Grape Genetics Research Unit as a Plant Geneticist working on abiotic stress tolerance of grapevines.  Dr. Londo received his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and B.S. in Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology.


Dr. Londo has extensive training background and research experience in evolutionary genetics, plant physiology and molecular biology. Prior to joining us, Dr. Londo worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the US-EPA Western Ecology Division, Corvallis OR and, most recently, in the University of Arkansas.


Dr. Londo has published several important research results in the area of plant domestication, evolution and adaptation. Dr. Londo will be an excellent addition to the Grape Genetics Research Unit. Dr. Londo will be located in the Sturtevant Hall.


If your schedule allows, please help us welcome Drs. Chao and Londo to the NYAES community by joining us for a coffee break, 10:00am-10:30am Friday, September 2nd in the backyard of Hedrick Hall.   

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Last Modified: 8/23/2011
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