Dr Scott Jackson
University of Georgia
Scott A. Jackson is the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Plant Functional Genomics at the University of Georgia. He is the Director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies and has appointments in the Institute for Bioinformatics, Plant Biology and Crop and Soil Sciences. His research focuses on the application of genomics for crop improvement and the understanding of basic biological processes, such as chromosome and genome evolution, domestication and polyploidy. His lab works primarily with rice and several legumes and is international in scope with work in Asia, Africa and South America. Recent work has focused on sequencing the genomes of crops such as peanut, common bean and soybean wild relatives as well as elucidating the evolution of polyploid genomes including the role of epigenetics in these processes.