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. email@example.com / (309) 298-125
Rebekka Darner, Ph.D. is a professor at Illinois State University and the Director of Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology. Her 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michaela McGinn is the Director of External and Regulatory Affairs at CoverCress, Inc. Dr. McGinn holds a Ph.D. from Illinois State University (Cell/Cellular Biology) and leads the IPREFER Supply Chain Team. email@example.com
David Marks is a professor (ret/active)in Plant and Microbial Biology in the College Biological Sciences at the University in Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. His research for the last six years has focused on the domestication of pennycress as a new cash cover crop suitable for growing between the harvest of maize and the establishment of soybean in the Midwest.
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. email@example.com.
Samantha S. Wells, Ph.D. is a member of the IPREFER Executive Leadership team. Dr. Wells leads IPREFER’s work in the agronomic development of pennycress and also supports extension education efforts. Additionally, Dr. Wells is IPREFER Data Management Coordinator, responsible for overall project data management. Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University in Minnesota in St. Paul, MN. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University. His research for the last six years has focused on agronomic improvement of winter annual cover crops and oilseeds for annual row crop production systems. firstname.lastname@example.org.