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Daniel Voytas

Principal Investigator


Colby Starker

Lab Manager/Research Associate
Post-doctoral research: University of Minnesota
PhD: Stanford University, BA: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Manage multiple collaborations, investigate TALEN structure/function, TALEN design and assembly, and implementing new nuclease based technologies.


Kit Leffler

Executive Administrative Associate
Voytas Lab and Center for Genome Engineering


Degao Liu

Postdoctoral Associate
PhD: China Agricultural University in Plant Genetics & Breeding
Project: Genome engineering in C4 plant photosynthesis

Yang Liu

Postdoctoral Associate
PhD: Iowa State University
Project: Genome engineering in Sorghum



Arjun Khakhar

Postdoctoral Associate
PhD: University of Minnesota
Project: Developing new techniques to quickly reprogram plants


Paul Atkins

Graduate Student 
PhD: University of Minnesota: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (TBA)
BA: Luther College
Project: TBA


Michael Maher

Graduate Student 
Project: TAL-methyl transferase

Ryan Nasti

Graduate Student 
Project: TBD

Evan Ellison

Graduate Student 
Project: TBA


Matt Zinselmeier

Graduate Student 
Project: TBA


Redeat Tibebu 

Graduate Student 
Project: Plant Genome Engineering in Dicots


James Chamness

Graduate Student 
Project: Plant Genome Engineering


Maria Gamo

Researcher 1


Spring Wang

Transformation Specialist