Jesse Poland

Jesse Poland is a Research Geneticist with USDA-ARS and Adj. Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. 

Research in my group is focused on wheat genetics and germplasm improvement.  We are currently developing new marker technologies for use in breeding and association genetics. We are also focused on developing new breeding lines with resistance to important diseases of wheat; stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust as well as abiotic stress tolerance to heat and drought.  In collaboration with public breeding programs we are exploring the use of genomic selection methods in wheat breeding.


Ph.D., 2009 - Cornell University, Plant Breeding and Genetics

   Thesis: Genetic Architecture of Quantitative Disease Resistance in Maize

M.S., 2004 - Kansas State University, Plant Pathology

   Thesis: Structure and Recombination of Complex Resistance Gene Loci in Maize

B.S., 2003 - Kansas State University, Agronomy


Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Manhattan, KS, Sept. 2010 –present

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Ithaca, NY, Jan. 2010 – Sept. 2010