IPREFER Graduate Students, PostDocs, and Fellows

Graduate students make up an important part of our IPREFER research team. Use this page to acquaint yourself with our graduate students, post docs and fellows.

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Carol Kiam Assato
Master’s Student, Illinois State University

Skill Set

  • Microbiology (Bacterial & Yeast Analysis)
  • Pennycress Breeding
  • CRISPR Gene Editing

Expected Graduation
December 2023

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Rashmi Dangol
Master’s Student, Illinois State University

Skill Set

  • Agronomy
  • Experimental design
  • Soil Science
  • Teaching

Expected Graduation
May 2024

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Liza Gautam
Ph.D. Student, Illinois State University

Skill Set

  • CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology
  • Teaching (undergraduates & graduates)

Expected Graduation
2024

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Nikhil Jaikumar
PostDoc, Illinois State University

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Kaveh Javanshirjavid
Ph.D. Student, Southern Illinois University

Skill Set

  • Agronomy
  • Bioanalysis
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant pathology
  • Strategic planning

Expected Graduation
May 2023

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Danny Marchiafava
Ph.D. Student, Illinois State University

Ryan Meyer

Graduate Student, Illinois State University

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Kathryn Phillips
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Skill Set

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Systems thinking
  • Spatial analysis

Expected Graduation
May 2023

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Lucas Roberts
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Skill Set

  • Plant Physiology
  • High Throughput Phenotyping
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Genomics

Expected Graduation
December 2024

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Leonardo Rocha
PostDoc Researcher, Southern Illinois University

Skill Set

  • Plant Pathology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nematology
  • Field/Greenhouse Research Planning & Establishment
  • Disease Resistance Screenings
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Next-generation Sequencing
  • Metagenomics and Metabolomics (RNA-Seq)

IPREFER Alumni: Graduate Students, PostDocs, and Fellows

IPREFER thanks all our project alumni for their contributions and looks forward to them spreading the word about pennycress as a cash cover crop.

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Maliheh Esfahanian
Ph.D. Student, Illinois State University

Graduation
2021

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Aaron Hauger
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

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Cody Hoerning
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Skill Set

  • Proposal Writing
  • Project Planning
  • Experimental Design
  • Teamwork, Management
  • Leadership, Training
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Technical Writing
  • Public Speaking & Presentations
  • Sustainability
  • Local Government
  • Community Building

Graduation
January 2022

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Brice Jarvis
Massters, Illinois State University

Graduation
2021

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Nasib Koirala
Master's Student, The Ohio State University

Skill Set

  • Designing and conducting field research
  • Seed treatments and seed testing
  • Data management and analysis
  • Communicating science

Graduation
May 2022

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Shahriar Mahmud
Ph.D. Student, Illinois State University

Skill Set
  • Molecular Genetics
  • CRISPR.
Expected Graduation
May 2023.
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Matthew Ott

Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Graduation

January 2022

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Rachel Sparks
Ph.D. Student, Illinois State University

Graduation
2021

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Zenith Tandukar
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Skill Set

  • Plant breeding
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Genomics
  • High Throughput Phenotyping

Graduation
January 2022

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Mujen (Jack) Wang
Graduate Student, Illinois State University

Dalton Williams
Masters Student, Illinois State University

Graduation
2020

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Bethany Wohrley
Graduate Student, Illinois State University
Graduated May 2022