CPPG 2024 Symposium

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Registration for this event is now closed. 

If you would still like to attend please contact Kit Leffler at [email protected] for details.

Symposium Schedule

9:00 AM - Bagels/Coffee - Cargill Atrium

9:10 AM - Welcome remarks by Dr. Dan Voytas 

9:15 AM - Dr. Friedrich Kragler, Principal Investigator, Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany: Lost in translation? Long distance mobile messenger RNAs

10:00 AM - Dr. Nathan Springer, Head of Genetic and Genomic Innovation, Bayer Crop Sciences: Opportunities to apply gene editing for improving crop breeding programs

10:45 AM - Break

11:00 AM - Dr. Margaret Frank , Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University: Shedding light on intercellular communication by grafting in the nightshade family

11:45 AM - Dr. Kelly Dawe , Professor, Plant Biology, University of Georgia: Applied centromere biology: haploid induction and synthetic chromosomes

12:30 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - Dr. Prabin Bajgain, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota: Genomics driven domestication of the perennial grass Intermediate Wheatgrass (Kernza)

1:45 PM - Dr. Laura Shannon, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota: Potato 2.0

2:15 PM - Dr. Jiwei Zhang, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota: Genetic Toolkits' Development Facilitates Asking the Long-standing Questions of Wood Decomposition in Fungal Organisms

3:00 PM - Reception - Cargill Atrium