Jared Crain

“Learning science and thinking about science or reading a paper is not about learning what a person did.  You have to do that, but to really absorb it, you have to turn it around and cast it in a form as if you invented it yourself.  You have to look and be able to see things that other people looked at and didn't see before.  How do you do that?  There's two ways.  Either you make a new instrument, and it gives you better eyes, like Galileo's telescope.  And that's a great way to do it, make such a nice instrument that you don't have to be so smart, you just look and there it is.  Or you try to internalize it in such a way that it really becomes intuitive.  Working on the right problem is only part of what it takes to succeed.  Perseverance is another essential ingredient." Steven Chu 1997 Nobel Prize, Physics

Current Projects:

Development of genomic selectin models for intermediate wheatgrass. (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium).

Application of novel techniques (mixed and geographically weighted models) to account for spatial variation within breeding programs.

Association mapping of IWG traits for yield improvement qualities including shattering, yield per spike, and free threshing traits.

Previous Research:

Development and evaluation of high-throughput phenotyping platforms. Successfully developed and deployed a low-cost phenotyping platform to Mexico and India for wheat improvement.

Evaluation of high-throughput phenotyping in wheat populations. Utilized georeferenced data to develop selection strategies using phenotypic data and phenotypic data paired with genomic selection for wheat grown at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Mexico.

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself,” Galileo.

Professional Highlights

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