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MPGI Annual Retreat

The MPGI annual retreat provides an opportunity to spend the day learning about the activities of various research groups within MPGI. The Retreat also provides an excellent opportunity for post-doctoral researchers and graduate students to describe their research projects to a broad community. The primary goal of the annual retreat is to generate interactions among MPGI member groups through oral and poster presentations. Students or post-docs that have received travel funding from MPGI in the previous calendar year are encouraged to give a talk or poster presentation during the Annual Retreat.


The 2018 Annual Retreat will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 


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9:00-9:30   Breakfast - Cargill Atrium


9:30-9:40 Opening remarks


9:40-10:00 Carla Rosenfeld

Postdoctoral Associate, Earth Sciences

MPGI Travel Award Recipient

“Fungal community ecology of seleniferous reclaimed mine soils”


10:00-10:20 Jean-Michel Michno

Graduate Student, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Understanding the effects of transformation and CRISPR/Cas9 on the soybean genome


10:20-10:40 Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor, Animal Science

Meta-OMIC Reconstruction of the Primate Gut: Understanding the Human Microbiome


10:40-11:00 Nu Wang

Graduate Student, Plant and Microbial Biology

MPGI Travel Award Recipient  

High- and low-affinity ammonium transporters in Marchantia polymorpha


11:00-11:20 Break


11:20-11:40 Allison Haaning

Graduate Student, Agronomy and Plant Genetics

MPGI travel award recipient

Branching out to gain a wider perspective of tiller development in barley

11:40-12:00 Rodrigo Olarte

Postdoctoral Associate, Plant and Microbial Biology

MPGI Travel Award Recipient  

The impact of genome rearrangement on secondary metabolite diversity in the fungus Tolypocladium inflatum


12:00-12:20 Maciej Maselko

Research Associate, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Engineering Speciation: Prospects for Agricultural Applications


12:20-12:40 Fernanda Jimenez

Graduate Student, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

The omic landscape of respiring soluble vs. solid substrates​


12:40-1:50 Lunch - Cargill Atrium


1:50-2:10 Katie Fixen

Assistant Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

"Fix"ing to make fuel: understanding electron transfer to nitrogenase


2:10-2:30 Alex Brohammer

Graduate Student, Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Harnessing genomics to exploit maize genetic diversity for crop improvement​


2:30-3:00 Kevin Smith

Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Genomes to Growlers: The Barley Research Feedback Loop


3:00-3:10 Closing Remarks


3:10 Reception - Cargill Atrium




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