1. Staff

Legume Genomics Lab

The Legume Genomics Laboratory integrates genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and phenotypic data on plant performance to understand mechanisms plants use for growth, development, and coping with abiotic and biotic stress factors to develop plants that are able to thrive and be productive with lower on-farm inputs.

Alfalfa

The overall goals of the forage legume breeding and genomics program are to develop genetic solutions to factors limiting agricultural productivity and implement molecular breeding strategies to facilitate selection and accelerate genetic gains during cultivar development. Alfalfa is an important forage legume species due to the excellent agricultural infrastructure, multiple benefits to livestock producers both regionally and globally, and its use as a dual-purpose forage. Its capacity for symbiotic nitrogen fixation and nutritional value are desirable forage characteristics. However, additional traits such as increased biomass yield, tolerance to specific stresses (soil acidity, drought, diseases and insects), grazing tolerance and persistence are needed in commercial cultivars.

Pecan

Pecan is the largest specialty crop in Oklahoma and has multiple health benefits. Pecan scab disease is a threat for pecan growers due to the negative impact on tree productivity and the potential to destroy established orchards. The goal of this project is to develop genomic resources for pecan, develop DNA fingerprinting strategies for variety identification and identify genetic determinants to pecan scab resistance using genomics-based approaches.

Yanina Alarcon
Yanina Alarcon

Research Associate 1

Legume Genomics

Rokebul Anower, Ph.D.
Rokebul Anower, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Water Efficiency-Monteros

Brice Cazenave, Ph.D.
Brice Cazenave, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phosphorus Efficiency-Monteros

Chunlin He, Ph.D.
Chunlin He, Ph.D.

Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox Curator

Breeders Toolbox-Monteros

Tim Hernandez
Tim Hernandez

Research Associate 1

Legume Genomics

Na Li, Ph.D.
Na Li, Ph.D.

Research Associate 1

Monteros/Rohla USDA/NIFA/NMSU

Christy Motes
Christy Motes

Senior Research Associate 1

Legume Genomics

Silvas Prince Kirubakaran, Ph.D.
Silvas Prince Kirubakaran, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Root Architecture-Monteros

Laura Putman
Laura Putman

Research Technician-PT

Legume Genomics