Date & Location: April 5, 2021, at 4p; Virtual visit
Subject: Soybean translational genomics: from basic findings to applications
Host: Ning Jiang
About the Speaker
University: Purdue University
Research Interests: Dr. Ma's research has been directed toward understanding the nature, timing, mechanisms and biological outcomes of genome evolution in flowering plants, and development and use of high throughput genomics tools for characterization of natural variation that leads to genomic, transcriptomic and phenotypic diversification of plant species. His lab uses a combination of comparative, computational and experimental genomics approaches to analyze the ever-increasing databases of genomic sequences from multiple plant species to address the mechanistic basis that underlies structural and functional genomic changes, with an emphasis on transposable element-mediated gene and genome evolution. His lab currently have been developing new genomics tools in soybean to facilitate the translation of basic findings into tangible application for germplasm enhancement.
Main research areas include: Comparative, structural and functional genomics of grass and legume species; Translational genomics for crop improvement; Transposable element and genome evolution; Centromere structure and evolution; and DNA recombination, methylation and epigenomics.