Lisa

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Lisa
Ainsworth
WORK
Global Change & Photosynthesis Research

Her research aims to improve crop responses to global atmospheric change, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide & ozone pollution.

Julia

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Julia
Bailey-Serres
WORK
Center for Plant Cell Biology

Julia Bailey-Serres is a plant biologist known for her research on mechanisms of plant adaptive responses to environmental stresses.

Edward

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Edward S.
Buckler
WORK
Cornell University

His group’s research uses genomic, computational, and field approaches to dissect complex traits and accelerate breeding in maize, sorghum, cassava, and a wide range of other crops.

Joanne

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Joanne
Chory
WORK
Plant Biology Laboratory

Joanne Chory is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, Co-director of the Harnessing Plants Initiative at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology.

Mark

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mark
Cooper
WORK
The University of Queensland

Professor Mark Cooper is a global leader in quantitative genetics and plant breeding. His work involves integrating genomic prediction and crop growth models into an ‘end to end’ framework for crop improvement.

Dr. Segenet

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Segenet
Kelemu
WORK
International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology

Dr. Kelemu is a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science Awards.

Zach Lippman

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Zach
Lippman
WORK
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

His research group integrates genetics, development, genomics, and genome editing to study flowering and flower production in nature and agriculture.

Dr. Daniela

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Daniela
Lourenco
WORK
University of Georgia

Her current interests include the use of genomic information to increase rates of genetic progress, the development of methods for genomic evaluations, and the use of computational algorithms to analyze large data.

Dr. Adam

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Adam
Phillippy
WORK
National Human Genome Research Institute

Dr. Adam Phillippy is a Senior Investigator and head of the Genome Informatics Section at the NHGRI.

Nils Stein

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Nils
Stein
WORK
University of Western Australia

his research focuses on structural and comparative genome analysis of the small grain cereals barley, wheat and rye –with a leading role in genome sequencing of all three species.

Naomi

AGRICULTURAL MEETING FEATURED SPEAKERS

Naomi
Wray
WORK
The University of Queensland

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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ABOUT

AGBT-Ag will bring together the world’s leading genome researchers, data scientists, breeders, policy influencers, funders, and technology innovators

from the global North and South who wish to embrace opportunities to redesign terrestrial and aquatic agriculture. Because of its focus on the integration of genomics and agriculture, AGBT-Ag is uniquely positioned to enable and enhance communication among stakeholders in order to address the escalating needs of a changing Earth.

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DATES
April 4–6, 2022

LOCATION
Loews Coronado Resort

What the Experts Are Saying

One of humanity’s greatest challenges is to sustainably produce more food on existing agricultural lands. AGBT-Ag…fosters the needed dialogue and exchange of ideas to bring about the fourth agricultural revolution.

Sarah Hearne, co-chair of the AGBT-Ag conference and Principal Scientist and maize geneticist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

One of humanity’s greatest challenges is to sustainably produce more food on existing agricultural lands. AGBT-Ag…fosters the needed dialogue and exchange of ideas to bring about the fourth agricultural revolution.

Sarah Hearne, co-chair of the AGBT-Ag conference and Principal Scientist and maize geneticist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

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Invited Speakers

Lisa Ainsworth

Lisa Ainsworth is the Research Leader of the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit. She received her BS in Biology at UCLA and PhD in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research aims to improve crop responses to global atmospheric change, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone pollution. She has […]

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Julia Bailey-Serres

Julia Bailey-Serres is a plant biologist known for her research on mechanisms of plant adaptive responses to environmental stresses. She is recognized for the in-depth dissection of the function of SUBMERGENCE 1A gene, responsible for survival of rice plants under prolonged submergence as evidenced by its successful use in breeding programs that has led to […]

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Edward S. Buckler

Edward S. Buckler is a USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and adjunct professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University with an educational background in molecular evolution and archaeology. His group’s research uses genomic, computational, and field approaches to dissect complex traits and accelerate breeding in maize, sorghum, cassava, and a wide range of other crops. […]

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Joanne Chory

Joanne Chory is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, professor and director of the Plant Biology Laboratory, Co-director of the Harnessing Plants Initiative at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology.

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Mark Cooper

Professor Mark Cooper is Chair of Prediction Based Crop Improvement at The University of Queensland, and a global leader in quantitative genetics and plant breeding. His work involves integrating genomic prediction and crop growth models into an ‘end to end’ framework for crop improvement. Professor Cooper has pioneered the development of novel genetic modelling methodologies, […]

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Dr. Segenet Kelemu

Dr. Segenet Kelemu, is the Director General & CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) Nairobi, Kenya. She is the fourth Chief Executive Officer, and the first woman to lead icipe.  After more than 25 years in the United States of America and Latin America applying cutting-edge science that saw her […]

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Zach Lippman

Zach Lippman is a Professor of Plant Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. His research group integrates genetics, development, genomics, and genome editing to study flowering and flower production in nature and agriculture. Taking advantage of natural and induced variation in these processes in tomato and related Solanaceae plants, Lippman’s group has shown […]

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Dr. Daniela Lourenco

Dr. Daniela Lourenco is an Associate Professor in Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics at the University of Georgia in the United States. She has been working in this field since 2004 and her current interests include the use of genomic information to increase rates of genetic progress, the development of methods for genomic evaluations, and […]

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Dr. Adam Phillippy

Dr. Adam Phillippy is a Senior Investigator and head of the Genome Informatics Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). His lab develops efficient computational methods for analyzing DNA sequencing data, including tools for genome assembly, genome alignment, genome clustering, microbial forensics, and metagenomics. He is a co-founder of the Telomere-to-Telomere Consortium and […]

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Nils Stein

Nils Stein, research group leader at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, and Professor of Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources at Georg-August University Göttingen, focuses in research on structural and comparative genome analysis of the small grain cereals barley, wheat and rye – with a leading role in genome sequencing […]

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Naomi Wray

Naomi Wray holds joint Professorial positions at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Her research intersects quantitative genetics, statistical methodology and disorders […]

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Organizing Committee

Renee Lafitte

Renee Lafitte is Deputy Director for Crops R&D in the Agricultural Development group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has a background in crop physiology, agronomy, and agro-ecology, with experience in technology discovery and product development for both intensive agriculture and resource-limited cropping systems. Prior to her current appointment, Renee was a Research […]

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Nathan Lakey

Nathan Lakey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Orion Genomics, a company bringing cutting edge scientific expertise, innovation, proprietary technologies and commercial and academic partnerships throughout the globe to change how the world approaches feeding, fueling and healing itself. Lakey was awarded the top 40 under 40 award (2004 St. Louis), presented the governor’s top technology award […]

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Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch is the Barbara McClintock Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. She also serves as Director of the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. She received her PhD from Cornell in 1990 and spent 5 years with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the […]

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Len Pennacchio

Dr. Len Pennacchio is a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), Deputy Director of the Joint Genome Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the University of California Berkeley. He received his PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and served as an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Fellow at LBL. He has authored over 140 publications and […]

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Catherine Potenski

Catherine Potenski (ORCiD) is Chief editor of Nature Genetics. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Microbiology program at New York University School of Medicine in Irina Derkatch’s laboratory where she studied Q/N-rich protein aggregates and prions in the yeast model system. For her postdoctoral work, Catherine joined Hannah Klein’s laboratory where she studied mechanisms of ribonucleotide-induced […]

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Alison Van Eenennaam

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from […]

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Fred Van Eeuwijk

Fred van Eeuwijk is  professor of applied statistics at Wageningen University. His research concentrates on statistical genetics, especially the development of models for genotype to phenotype relations in plants. This work addresses the statistical  modelling of genotype by environment interactions from a number of perspectives (QTL/GWAS models, genomic prediction, hybrid models combining statistical genetics and […]

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Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh if a professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He is coauthor (with Mike Lynch) of the two leading graduate textbooks on quantitative genetics (Lynch & Walsh 1998 Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits; Walsh & Lynch 2018  Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits).

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Susan Wessler

Susan Wessler is Distinguished Professor of Genetics and the Neil and Rochelle Campbell Chair for Innovation in Science Education at the University of California Riverside. In 2011 she was elected Home Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the first women to hold this position in its 150-year history. She is a plant […]

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Xiaofeng Cao

Xiaofeng Cao, principle investigator at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, is a geneticist recognized for her work on epigenetic regulation in higher plants. She is known particularly for her studies on dynamic histone methylation, small RNA as well as arginine methylation controlling transposon activities govern genome stability and affecting […]

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Jack Dekker

Dr. Jack Dekkers, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University focuses his research on quantitative and statistical genetics, including the integration of quantitative and molecular genetics and genomics for QTL mapping, genome-wide association studies, and genomic prediction and selection; design and economic aspects of breeding programs for livestock.

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Appolinaire Djikeng

Professor Djikeng’s research, capacity building and international development interests are centred on genetic improvement for sustainable and profitable livestock development in tropical low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Professor Djikeng is Chair of Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable development and Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH). CTLGH is a strategic livestock genetics […]

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Michel Georges

Michel Georges is Professor in Genetics and Genomics at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège in Belgium.  He heads the Unit of Genetics of the GIGA Research Institute in the same university.  Georges was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1959.  He obtained his DVM degree at the University of Liège in […]

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Sarah Hearne

Sarah Hearne, principal scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), focuses on identification and application of native genetic variation for crop improvement. Working with multi-disciplinary teams she explores, harnesses, re-combines and develops applications in the areas of genomics, informatics and biometrics, in order to leverage data synergies and more efficiently and effectively […]

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Charlie Johnson

Charles Johnson is director and founder of the Texas A&M AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Service (TxGen), a multimillion-dollar agrigenomics research unit within Texas A&M AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M System. The center conducts next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics research with collaborators in 42 countries, working with hundreds of different groups including other universities and […]

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The Genome Partnership convenes the world’s most revered genome science and technology conferences, bringing together top global researchers, leaders, and innovators in human health and agriculture. The Genome Partnership has been proudly organizing The Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meetings since 1999. The Genome Partnership, based in St. Louis, is a not-for-profit organization and its mission is to advance research, promote education, and expand commerce in genome science and technology. For more information visit www.agbt.org.