Aaron Lorenz, PhD
Assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at UNL. For information about me, click here.
Postdoctoral Research Associates & Graduate Students
M. Liakat Ali, PhD
Dr. Ali is a postdoctoral research associate working on developing new phenotyping technologies for drought tolerance in maize. He is stationed in North Platte, NE during the growing season to manage experiments grown in western NE, but returns to Lincoln during the winter to analyze data and conduct greenhouse studies on root development.
Nonoy is a PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics and graduate research assistant. The overall objective of his research is genome-wide association mapping for dynamic traits (i.e., traits measured frequently through time in order to capture rates of change rather than just single measurements). Nonoy's methods will be applied to a salinity tolerance project in rice which is using high-throughput phenomics to measure salinity stress symptoms throughout plant development.
Ibrahim El-Basyoni, PhD
Dr. El-Basyoni is a postdoctoral research associate working on implementing and optimizing genomic selection for the UNL Wheat Breeding Program. His research focuses on comparing genotyping platforms for genomic prediction and optimal resource allocation for genomic selection in plant breeding.
Diego Jarquin, PhD
Dr. Jarquin is a postdoctoral research associate working on implementing and optimizing genomic selection for the UNL Soybean Breeding Program. His research projects include 1) determining the effect of marker minor-allele frequency and missing data rate on prediction accuracy, and 2) genomic prediction for multiple-trait selection indices.
Dnyaneshwar is a PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics. His dissertation research will explore genomic prediction for hybrid performance in maize using a unique series families derived from crosses between ex-PVP inbred lines. Accurate prediction of hybrid performance using genome-wide marker data could dramatically improve the efficiency of hybrid breeding programs. Dnyaneshwar is funded through the Indian Council of Agricultural Research International Fellowship (ICAR-IF).
Collin is a PhD candidate in Plant Breeding and Genetics. His dissertation research explores the relative importance of selection and genetic drift in the divergence of heterotic groups over time. He is using the University of Nebraska Replicated Recurrent Selection program as a model system, as well as a panel of historically important inbred lines to identify putative genomic regions under diversifying selection.Collin is funded through the Jack Cavanah Honorary Plant Breeding Fellowship he received from Dupont Pioneer.
Jon is a M.S. student in Plant Breeding and Genetics and graduate research assistant. He is interested in high-throughput phenotyping technologies for frequent evaluation of response to water stress in maize. Genetic variation for response patterns will eventually be tied to individual QTL in order to discover genes controlling specific aspects of drought tolerance.
Amritpal (Amrit) is a PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics and graduate research assistant. Amrit's is using joint linkage mapping and association mapping to identify QTL underlying tolerance to Goss's wilt in maize. Genetic diversity and population structure of the Goss's pathogen is also of interest to Amrit.
Josiel is a PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) in Brazil. His focus, as a visiting scholar at UNL, is genome-wide selection and prediction. Josiel is funded through the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).
Aaron completed his M.S. in May of 2013. His thesis project involved mapping QTL and characterizing genetic variation for tolerance to Goss's wilt within the current germplasm base of North American maize. Aaron took a position as a Senior Research Associate for Dupont Pioneer in Stromsburg, NE.