Win Phippen, Ph.D., is the IPREFER Project Director. Dr. Phippen is a Plant Breeding and Genetics professor at the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. He received his master’s degree from Cornell University in plant breeding and his doctorate from Purdue University. His research for the last 20 years has focused on agronomic and breeding improvement of alternative and new crops such as milkweed, cuphea, hemp, and, most recently, pennycress. Dr. Phippen’s IPREFER research activities focus on pennycress breeding and variety development. firstname.lastname@example.org / (309) 298-125
Rebekka Darner, Ph.D. (ON SABBATICAL starting 5/16/33) is a professor at Illinois State University and the Director of Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology. Dr. Darner’s focus is as a science education researcher whose research focuses on improving the scientific literacy of nonscientist members of the public, particularly pre-service teachers. Dr. Darner is a leader in IPREFER’s Outreach and Extension Objective. email@example.com
Matthew Hagaman, M.S., M.A. is a STEM education specialist at Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology and a leader in IPREFER’s Education & Outreach objective. He is the primary author and editor for IPREFER’s 4-H Cover Crop Science Project Book. Outside of IPREFER, he develops other innovative hands-on curricula for students in grades K-16. He provides mentorship for students and faculty who are working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in undergraduate STEM programs. Mr. Haganan is serving as the Outreach and Extension Objective leader the the absence of Rebekka Darner. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Luetje joined CoverCress Inc. as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2021. He brings over 30 years of commercial leadership experience from both the pharmaceutical and agribusiness sectors, where he’s earned a reputation for building strong partnerships and creating initiatives that expand stakeholder value.
Yesuf Mohammed, Ph.D., leads IPREFER’s work in the agronomic development of pennycress. Additionally, Dr. is a Research Agronomist (USDA-ARS) and a Post-Doctoral Associate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN. email@example.com.
William (Bill) Perry, Ph.D., is a Professor of Aquatic Ecology at Illinois State University. Dr. Perry’s research interests focus on the chemistry and biology of freshwaters. Dr. Perry leads IPREFER’s work in the area of pennycress ecosystem services. firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Sedbrook, Ph.D., is a professor of Genetics at Illinois State University (Normal, IL). Dr. Sedbrook leads IPREFER’s southern region breeding and genetics research program and provides genetics and molecular biology expertise to genetically improve pennycress germplasm through CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing and marker-assisted breeding. He also contributes to 4-H and farmer outreach and education efforts. Dr. Sedbrook is also the Project Director of IPREP (DOE-BER Integrated Pennycress Resilience Project) email@example.com.
Julia Zhang, Ph.D., is IPREFER’s Northern pennycress breeding lead. Before joining the UOM, Dr. Zhang was a successful commercial corn breeder and geneticist with a deep understanding of the complexity and dynamics of modern plant breeding, germplasm improvement, and product placement. Her areas of expertise include 1) field breeding, germplasm improvement, and phenotyping strategies; 2) molecular breeding and application of high through phenotyping to breeding; and 3) plant pathology and host-pathogen interactions. firstname.lastname@example.org