Research Report 2019_20

Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD

“Many perennial grasses are extremely efficient at recycling nutrients year after year. We have a lot to learn about the genetic processes that make this efficiency possible, but the more we figure out, the more we can contribute to sustainable agriculture.” — Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD Research Focus: Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD, is a faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Her research interests include annu- al and perennial grasses, phenotyping and applications of genomics for plant customization and modification. In particular, her group is interested in using genomics and biotechnology to understand nutrient use, carbon partitioning, and the role of the rhizome in resource reallocation and perenniality in plants.

Kankshita Swaminathan,PhD

EXPERTISE: Plant functional genomics, perennial grasses, phenotyping, genomic applications for plant customization and modification for bioenergy

Lab Members: Postdoctoral Fellows: Pradeepa Hirannaiah, PhD, Brandon James, PhD Research Associates: Yokshitha Bathula, Tony Trieu, Shilpa Manjunatha Greenhouse/Field Tech: Jason Bunn Plant Biotechnologist: David Draize Lab Assistants: Selema Myler Graduate Students/Interns: George Berry, Farren Prasil, Rebekah Wood

Thomas May, PhD

Research Focus: Thomas May, PhD, is a research faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Floyd and Judy Rogers Endowed Professor at Washington State University, Vancouver. He is interested in the intersection of medicine, public health, and moral, social and political philosophy, with a special interest in autonomy and healthcare. “We have to think about how a patient makes health care decisions using genomic information in terms of that individual’s self-identity and well-being. How will this information impact them? How will

Thomas May, PhD

it impact their family? It’s important that we consider both patient autonomy as well as social implications when we consider rights to genomic information – and rights to genomic ignorance.” —Thomas May, PhD

EXPERTISE: Bioethics; social, ethical and legal implications of the genomic sciences


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