Dr. Bassil specializes in molecular characterization of genetic resources, in particular fruit and nut crops maintained at the Corvallis Genebank which include: strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, pear, hops, hazelnut, red raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, quince, medlar and other minor crops.
Her research program consists of:
1.Developing and testing DNA-based tools in fruit and nut crops
2.Applying these molecular tools in germplasm characterization
Dr. Bassil and her team of undergraduate and graduate students, technicians, postdoctoral fellows and many international visitors and US and international collaborators have developed molecular tools for each of the above mentioned fruit crops and are currently applying short read sequencing to rapidly and cheaply develop robust and high throughput molecular markers. These tools are being used to implement marker assisted breeding by breeders, characterize germplasm with respect to economic traits, and ensure genetic integrity and trueness-to type of cultivars. The long term goal of her program is to increase usefulness of the diverse germplasm preserved at the Corvallis Genebank.