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Former Graduate Students

Hayley Mangelson - M.S. 2019

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: The Genome of Canihua: Emerging Andean Super Grain

Spencer Hunt - M.S. 2019

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Whole-Genome Assembly of Atriplex hortensis L. Using Nanopore Technology with Chromatin-Contact Mapping

Taryn L. Williamson - M.S. 2019

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Evaluating Fungal Pathogen Inoculum Loads in Field Seed Banks

Alex J. Freeman - M.S. 2018

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: The Genome Sequence of Gossypium herbaceum (A1), a Domesticated Diploid Cotton

Christopher J. Hansen - M.S. 2018

Advisor: Josh Udall

Evan M. Long - M.S. 2018

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: Genomic Structural Variations Within Five Continental Populations of Drosophila melanogaster

Rebekah Ann Lee - M.S. 2017

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Assembly, Annotation and Optical Mapping of the A Subgenome of Avena

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Courtney Carroll - M.S. 2017

Advisor: John Chaston

Thesis: The Relationship Between Microbiota, Diet, and Energy Production in the Alpaca

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Aaron R. Sharp - M.S. 2016

Advisor: Joshua Udall

Thesis: The Relationship Between Microbiota, Diet, and Energy Production in the Alpaca

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Julie L. Henry - M.S. 2015

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Mating-type Locus Characterization and Variation in Pyrenophora semeniperda

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Justin T. Page - Ph.D. 2015

Advisor: Joshua Udall

Thesis: Bioinformatics for the Comparative Genomic Analysis of the Cotton (Gossypium) Polyploid Complex

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Jared W. Clouse - M.S. 2015

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: The Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) Genome: Genome, Transcriptome and Physical Map Assembly

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Douglass C. Brown - M.S. 2014

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Characterization of the Granule-Bound Starch Synthase I Gene in Chenopodium

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Mark D. Huynh - M.S. 2014

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: Targeted Sequencing of Plant Genomes

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Desiree R. Eldon - M.S. 2013

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Population Genetic Structure of Bromus tectorum in the American Desert Southwest

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Scott M. Smith - M.S. 2013

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Application of Genome Reduction, Next Generation Sequencing, and KASPar Genotyping in Development, Characterization, and Linkage Mapping of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Grain Amaranths and Quinoa

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Melissa A. Coon - M.S. 2012

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Characterization and Variable Expression of the CslF6 Homologs in Oat (Avena sp.)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Aditi Rambani - M.S. 2012

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis:Transcriptome Analysis of Drought Induced Stress in Chenopodium quinoa

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Joshua A. Raney - M.S. 2012

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Transcriptome Analysis of Drought Induced Stress in Chenopodium quinoa

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Keith R. Merrill - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Usage and Development of Molecular Markers for Investigation of the Population and Ecological Genetics of Bromus tectorum L.

ETD: Scholarship

Marcus M. Soliai - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: De novo Genome Assembly and SNP Marker Development of Pyrenophora semeniperda

ETD: Scholarship

Prabin Bajgain - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: Transcriptome Characterization and Polymorphism Detection in Subspecies of Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Robert L. Byers - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: Marker Discovery in Allotetraploid Cotton Using 454 Pyrosequencing

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Rhyan B. Dockter - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: Genome Snapshot and Molecular Marker Development in Penstemon (Plantaginaceae)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Felix R. Jimenez Rondan - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Assessment of Genetic Diversity Among Peruvian Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus L.) Germplasm Using SNP Markers

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Rachel R. Redman - M.S. 2011

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Oat SNP Marker Discovery and Mapping Based on 454 Pyrosequencing of Genome-Reduced Avena magna Murphy et Terrell

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Amalia Vargas - M.S. 2010

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Development and Use of Microsatellite Markers for Genetic Diversity Analysis of Canahua (Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Shaun R. Broderick - M.S. 2010

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: An Examination of the DNA Content, Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Penstemon (Plantaginaceae)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

A. Jason Morales - M.S. 2009

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Physiological Assessment of Chenopodium quinoa to Salt Stress

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Rozaura Vivas Hall - M.S. 2009

Advisor: Josh Udall

Thesis: Genomics of Salt Tolerance in Cotton

Derrick J. Reynolds - M.S. 2009

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Genetic Dissection of Triterpenoid Saponin Production in Chenopodium quinoa Using Microarray Analysis

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Luis F. Gordillo Jr. - Ph.D. 2009

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: Identification and Manipulation of Resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Derived From Solanum peruvianum

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Nathaniel S. Cannon - M.S. 2008

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Domain Duplication, Darwinian Selection, and the Origin of the Globulin Seed Storage Proteins

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Maria C. Sederberg - M.S. 2008

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis:

Physical Mapping of Ribosomal Genes in New World Members of the Genus Chenopodium Using Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization

ETD: Scholarsarchive>

Joshua N. Cobb - M.S. 2008

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: Studies on Transformation of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and Arabidopsis thaliana using Chimerical constructs of varying Tospoviral Origin

ETD: Scholarsarchive>

Christian B. Ricks - M.S. 2007

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: The Prolamins of Pearl Millet

ETD: Scholarsarchive>

Taylor B. Turner - M.S. 2007

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Cloning and Characterization of the Salt Overly Sensitive 1 (SOS1) Gene in Chenopodium quinoa WILLD.

ETD: Scholarsarchives>

Melanie A. Mallory - M.S. 2007

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Development and Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for the Grain Amaranths (Amaranthus spp. L.)

ETD: Scholarsarchives

Marie R.B. Balzotti - M.S. 2006

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Identification, Sequencing, Expression and Evolutionary Relationships of the 11S Seed Storage Protein Gene in Chenopodium quinoa Willd.

ETD: Scholarsarchive

David Jarvis - M.S. 2006

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Simple Sequence Repeat Development, Polymorphism and Genetic Mapping in Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Ahmed Banya - M.S. 2005

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: Studies using GA3 and NAA to overcome Lycopersicon Esculentum X. L. Chilense hybridization barriers

Shawn A. Christensen - M.S. 2005

Advisor: Mikel Stevens

Thesis: Assessment of Chenopodium quinoa Willd. Genetic Diversity in the USDA and CIP-FAO Collections Using SSR?S and SNP?S

ETD: Scholarsarchive

Marc Ricks - M.S. 2005

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Genetic mapping of the bitter saponin production locus (BSP Locus) in Chenopodium quinoa Willd

ETD:

Shanna Mason - M.S. 2004

Advisor: Jeff Maughan

Thesis: Development of microsatellite markers in Chenopodium quinoa

Alejandro Bonifacio - Ph.D. 2004

Advisor: Daniel J. Fairbanks

Thesis: Genetic variation in cultivated and wild Chenopodium species for quinoa breeding

Christine Pratt - M.S. 2003

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: AFLP analysis of genetic diversity in the USDA Chenopodium quinoa collection

'Afa K. Palu - M.S. 2003

Advisor: Craig Coleman

Thesis: Characterization of an Opaque Maize Mutant

Brian W. Gardunia - M.S. 2002

Advisor: Rick Jellen

Thesis: Microsatellite Marker Development and Sequence Analysis for Chenopodium quinoa Willd.

Alisa P. Ramakrishnan - M.S. 2002

Advisor: Daniel J. Fairbanks

Thesis: Molecular Marker Variation in Intermountain West Populations of Bromus tectorum

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