Organizing and Steering Committees

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee is responsible for the scientific program of the conference. Its members are recognized scientific leaders with interests and expertise in agricultural genomics. The committee is coordinated by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy who also serves as liaison to the steering committee.

  • Dr. William Beavis, Chief Scientific Officer, National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, NM
  • Dr. Richard Beeman, Research Entomologist, Biological Research Unit, Grain Marketing & Production Research Center, USDA-ARS, Manhattan , KS
  • Dr. Hans H. Cheng, Supervisory Research Geneticist, Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, USDA ARS, East Lansing, MI
  • Dr. Frank Collins, Professor, George and Winifred Clark Chair in Biological Science, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • Dr. Rebecca W. Doerge, Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Statistics, Purdue University
  • Dr. Ronald D. Green, National Program Leader, Animal Production and Protection, USDA ARS
  • Dr. Kevin Hackett, National Program Leader, Crop Production and Protection, USDA ARS, Beltsville , MD
  • Dr. Molly Jahn, Professor, Plant Breeding and Plant Biology, Cornell University, NY
  • Dr. Stephen J. O'Brien, Principal Investigator, Chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity and head of the Section of Genetics, NIH
  • Dr. Ronald L. Phillips, Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Genomics, and Director of the Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics, Member National Academy of Sciences, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Associate Dean of Research and Director of Agricultural Research Programs, Purdue University, IN
  • Dr. Sam Reddy, Traits Platform Leader, Discovery Research, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN
  • Dr. Mike J. Sanderson, Professor, Section of Evolution & Ecology, UC Davis, CA
  • Dr. James E. Womack, Distinguished Professor, Member National Academy of Sciences, Wolf Prize in Agriculture (2001), Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, TX

Steering Committee

The steering committee initiated the conference concept and worked with the organizing committee to finalize the program, topics and speakers. This group will provide local arrangements support e.g. establishing the conference website, publicity, periodic announcements, registration, accommodation information, and other meeting logistics. Dr. Steve Yaninek serves as primary contact for this group.

  • Dr. Andrew DeWoody, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
  • Dr. Catherine Hill, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
  • Dr. Scott Jackson, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • Dr. Bill Muir, Department of Animal Science, Purdue University
  • Dr. Barry Pittendrigh, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
  • Dr. Michael Scharf, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida
  • Dr. Jeff Stuart, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
  • Dr. Steve Yaninek, Department of Entomology, Purdue University



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