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Loren Honaas - Research Molecular Biologist who leads a transdisciplinary program based largely on plant genomics, but integrates molecular biology, physiology, computational biology, horticulture, and outreach to develop cutting-edge technology for the US pome fruit industry. Namely, novel risk assessment tools for postharvest tree fruit quality towards supply chain optimization.


Jessica_Waite - Research Geneticist (Plants)

"My research program will focus on pear genetics and genomics, addressing key questions in pear biology and important issues for the industry. My program will have a large focus on the impact of rootstocks on pear growth and development. I am interested in applying genetic tools to better understand dwarfing and precocity, graft compatibility and function, developing tools to enhance breeding efforts, as well as other topics related to architecture and physiology."

Dave Rudell - Research Plant Physiologist (quantitative measurement of dynamic multiparametric metabolic responses of living systems to physiological stimuli or genetic modification)

Yanmin Zhu - Plant Molecular Geneticist (identification and evaluation of new biomolecular mechanisms for improving fruit quality)

Tracy Somera - Research Microbiologist (detrimental and beneficial interactions between plants and microbes which may directly affect fruit tree production systems).