Title: A pathway based method to leverage GWAS results
Time: Tuesday, Sept 25, 4 – 5pm
Place: Agron 3140
Sponsor: Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding
Marilyn Warburton is from Tucson, Arizona, and obtained a BS and MS in plant breeding at the University of Arizona. She studied plant genetic diversity and molecular genetics with Dr. Fred Bliss at the University of California, Davis and subsequent postdoctoral and sabbatical work at UCDavis, the University of Illinois, and Cornell University. In her current work, Warburton seeks to identify and use natural allelic diversity in maize to solve problems in biotic stress resistance. She worked for 10 years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, where she worked on the measurement of genetic diversity in maize and wheat to study constraints to conservation and use of plant genetic resources, and document gene flow between crops and wild relatives. She also worked on identification of maize genetic sequences associated with drought tolerance and provitamin A, which now allow breeders to improve maize nutrition via marker assisted selection. Currently, Warburton works in the Corn Host Plant Resistance Research Unit of the USDA Agriculture Research Service, where she and colleagues work to identify and validate genetic sequences associated with resistance to the toxic fungi and lepidopteran insects.