Current Lab Members 


Jesse Poland - Wheat Geneticist

Jesse is an Assistant Professor and serves as Associate Director of the WGRC and Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.




Shuangye Wu - Assistant Scientist

Shuangye's responsibilities include managing the genotyping lab, preparing genotyping samples, and providing genotyping training to visitors.



Bo Winters - Project Manager 

Bo is responsible for managing activities at the lab including facilitating meetings, managing website content and design, and developing communication materials. 




Haley Ahlers - Project Manager

Haley's responsibilities include developing a communication strategy, coordinating and facilitating meetings, organizing program events and overall general project management.



Byron Evers - Senior Research Associate

Byron is responsible for managing all field trials and greenhouse activities. His responsibilities include planting, harvesting and taking phenotypic notes.




Mark Lucas - Programmer

As programmer for the team, Mark's duties include providing software support and database management functions for the Poland lab among other related tasks.



Hannah Shult - Assistant Scientist

As an Assistant Scientist for the Poland lab, Hannah's research interest is in studying the diversity of organisms through genetic information




Richard Brown - UAS Pilot

Richard is responsible for managing unmanned aircraft flight operations, maintenance, payload integration, export, and operator training for the lab. 



Kevin Dorn - Postdoc

Kevin is currently working on the genomics of intermediate wheatgrass (scientific name - Thinopyrum intermedium, commercial name - KernzaTM).




Trevor Rife - Postdoc

Trevor is leading development of phenoApps as user-friendly tools to enable breeding and research programs to rapidly collect and manage phenotypic data.



Narinder Singh - Graduate Student

Narinder's ultimate goal is to develop new and improved germplasm to help wheat breeders improve the crop for important agronomic traits.




Atena Haghighattalab - Postdoc

Atena's work is primarily focused on high-throughput field phenotyping using remotely sensed measurements from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). 



Daljit Singh - Graduate Student

Daljit is developing UAV based high-throughput phenotyping tools and genomic prediction models for South Asia.




Megan Calvert - Graduate Student

Megan's duties include working on building multivariate genomic selection models for the Kansas State winter wheat breeding program for the Poland lab.



Mokhlesur Rahman - Graduate Student

Mokhlesur is a PhD student in applied wheat genomics at the Poland lab. He is interested in applied wheat genomics and QTL analysis for abiotic and biotic stresses in wheat.                          



Emily Delorean - Graduate Student 

Emily works on genomic selection models for end-use quality in the CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) wheat breeding program. 


Jared Crain - Postdoc

Jared works as a research associate where he is evaluating how genomic selection and association mapping can be used to enhance the IWG breeding cycle.                  




Liang Gao - Postdoc

Liang's main research goal is to lead computational approaches to utilize next generation sequencing data for genomics-assisted breeding in wheat. 




Paula Silva - Graduate Student

Paula's interest relates to wheat breeding for resistance to diseases and abiotic factors using conventional breeding approaches.



 Xu (Kevin) Wang - Postdoc

Kevin builds data/image acquisition platforms for field-based high-throughput phenotyping, assembles phenotypic data/image processing pipelines, and develops algorithms. 



Sandesh Shrestha - Postdoc










Eric Olson - Wheat Breeder & Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Eric was a graduate student and postdoc with the Poland Lab and WGRC. He is now at Michigan State where he leads the wheat breeding and genetics program.




Erena Edae - Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS

Erena is a former Postdoc and currently with USDA-ARS in Minneapolis, MN.  His work focused on bioinformatics and mapping disease resistance. 



Sarah Battenfield- Hybrid Wheat Breeder, Syngenta

Sarah is now a wheat breeder with Syngenta for the U.S. Central Plains. She was at graduate student at KSU and Postdoc working on genomic prediction for wheat quality.




Traci Kantarski - Science Fellow & Lecturer, Columbia University

Traci was a student and postdoc with the Poland lab working on genetics and genomics of Intermediate Wheat Grass (Thinopyrum intermedium). 




Sandra Dunckel - Wheat Breeder & Biotech Lead, LongReach Plant Breeders

Sandra is now with LongReach Plant Breeders in Adelaide, Australia.  When she was with the Poland Lab her work focused on genomic prediction for synthetic wheat populations.






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