At Illinois on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Noon (CST) in 612 IGB, Jessica Kirkpatrick will discuss "Construction and Analysis of the Miscanthus Genespace." A graduate student in Steve Moose's EBI program on genomics-enabled improvement of andropogoneae grasses, she will address the challenges presented by Miscanthus' variant discovery and genotyping, and recent efforts to enrich the sequences from Miscanthus genomes.
Jessica received her B.A. in bioinformatics and computational biology at Iowa State University. She was awarded a prestigious Jonathan Baldwin Turner Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Illinois, where she is researching complex plant genomes through cutting-edge sequencing technologies and computational analysis. Her work to date has contributed insights into the evolution of the homologous genomes of Miscanthus and sugarcane.