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Bruce Walsh, Ph.D
Professor, Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
Member, BIO5 Institute

Research Interest: Bruce Walsh's interests are broadly in using mathematical models to explore the interface of genetics and evolution, with particular focus on two areas: the evolution of genome structure and the analysis of complex genetic characters (aka quantitative genetics).Bruce (along with Mike Lynch) is coauthor of Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits and the forthcoming Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits.








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Lucia Gutierrez, Ph.D 
Professor, Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2008, Lucia received her Ph. D. in Plant Breeding and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. Jean-Luc Jannick and Dr. John Nason. She obtained a Faculty position at the University of the Republic Uruguay the same year, as Assistant Professor in Statistical Genetics. Later, she spent time in Wageningen University and Research Center with Dr. Fred van Eeuwijk and Dr. Marcos Malosetti implementing mixed-model QTL routines on R Software. She develops statistical methods to analyze marker data to improve decision making in plant breeding. Specifically, she works on QTL mapping through GWAS and classical bi-parental populations as well as Genomic Selection on Barley, Wheat and Rice incorporating best field-experimental practices as well as genotype-by environment and QTL-by-environment strategies. 








Photo cred: Ezra Magazine, Cornell Univeristy

Michael Gore, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Michael Gore is an associate professor of molecular breeding and genetics for nutritional quality at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is a member of the faculty in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. He holds a BS and MS from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a PhD from Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at Cornell, he worked as a Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS at the Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, AZ. His expertise is in the field of quantitative genetics and genomics, especially the genetic dissection of metabolic traits. He has also contributed to the development and application of field-based, high-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding and genetics research. He serves on the editorial boards of Crop Science and Theoretical and Applied Genetics.