Jesse Poland

Jesse Poland is Assistant Professor at Kansas State University and serves at Associate Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center and Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.

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 germplasm with resistance to important diseases of wheat; stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust, hessian fly and barley yellow dwarf as well as abiotic stress tolerance to heat and drought.  In collaboration with public breeding programs we are implimenting the use of genomic selection methods in wheat breeding.  We are developing field-based high throughput phenotyping platforms to accelerate basic and applied genomics and breeding research. 


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

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

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


Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Feb. 2014 - present

Director, Feed the Future Innovaiton Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics, Aug. 2013 - present

Associate Director, Wheat Genetics Resource Center I/UCRC, Feb. 2014 - present


  Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Manhattan, KS, Sept. 2010 –2014

  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

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


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