Marisa Miller

Postdoctoral Associate - Kianian Lab
495 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
+1 612 625 3612

Education/Professional Experience

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin studying molecular mechanisms for hybrid vigor and polyploidy in Arabidopsis. I was interested in gaining more experience working with crops, so I came to the University of Minnesota in summer 2014 to begin a postdoc working with Dr. Shahryar Kianian at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Lab (CDL) and Dr. Changbin Chen in the Department of Horticulture. In this position, I worked on wheat organellar genetics and genomics and searching for new sources of salt tolerance in wheat.

Research Areas

I became more interested in plant pathology after joining the CDL and got involved in side-projects related to breeding for oat crown rust disease resistance with Dr. Howard Rines and genomics of Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae (Pca) with Dr. Melania Figueroa. I applied for a USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellowship to work on population genomics of Pca with mentors Dr. Figueroa, Dr. Peter Morrell (Agronomy and Plant Genetics), and Dr. Gabe Gusmini (PepsiCo). Luckily, I was awarded this fellowship and am now able to join the Deparment of Plant Pathology to further expand my expertise in plant pathology and genomics.

Marisa Miller Plant Pathology Postdoctoral Associate