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Yu, Jianming
Professor
Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding
Dr.
Jianming
Yu
Office:
1569 Agronomy, 716 Farm House Ln
Phone:
(515) 294-2757
Email:
jmyu@iastate.edu
Yu, Jianming
Professor
Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding
Dr.
Jianming
Yu
Office:
1569 Agronomy, 716 Farm House Ln
Phone:
(515) 294-2757
Email:
jmyu@iastate.edu

About

Jianming Yu is Professor and Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding in the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University. The focus of Yu’s program is to address significant questions in quantitative genetics by combining cutting-edge genomic technologies and maize breeding. All members of this research program conduct empirical experiments in genetics and breeding and contribute to summer and winter nursery work, and many of them also carry out computer simulations or bioinformatics research to generalize their specific findings to a broad context. Yu teaches a graduate student class, AGRON 621 – Advanced Plant Breeding, each Spring semester. Guiding questions addressed by this program include:

  • How can we leverage design thinking, genetic design, and experimental design to plan out our research?
  • How can we efficiently identify genes underlying quantitative traits so that the resulting empirical findings can help answer fundamental questions?
  • How should we design the current plant breeding methods to make better use of genetic resources and high throughput genotyping and phenotyping technologies?

Yu’s research integrates knowledge in quantitative genetics, genomics, plant breeding, molecular genetics, and statistics, and has the ultimate goal of developing and implementing new strategies and methods in complex trait dissection and crop improvement. Current research includes Phenotypic Plasticity and Reaction Norm of complex traits across multiple crops, Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) with diverse germplasm or multiple designed mapping populations (such as Nested Association Mapping, NAM, or meta-QTL analysis), Genomic Selection (GS) to efficiently integrate high throughput genotyping into various breeding processes, Gene Cloning for traits with agronomic and domestication importance, Genotype-by-Environment Interaction (GEI) and Epistasis dissection to causal polymorphic sites, Genome and Chromosome Size Evolution across taxonomic groups, and Genome-Wide Base Composition changes and underlying principles.

Yu was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018.

News Releases:
Areas of Expertise:Plant Breeding
Interdepartmental Programs:

Genetics and Genomics https://www.genetics.iastate.edu/

Plant Biology https://www.ipb.iastate.edu/

People

Graduate Student
Office:
1541 Agronomy 716 Farm House Ln
Email:
knegus@iastate.edu
Graduate Student
Office:
Agronomy Hall 716 Farm House Ln #1541
Email:
kiarak@iastate.edu
Research Scientist II
Research Scientist II
Schoenbaum, Gregory
Office:
1311A Agronomy Hall, 716 Farm House Ln
Phone:
(515) 294-1845
Email:
gregorys@iastate.edu
Graduate Student
Tibbs-Cortes, Laura
Office:
1575 Agronomy Farmhouse LN
Email:
ltibbs@iastate.edu
Graduate Student
Wei, Jialu
Office:
1541 Agronomy 716 Farm House Ln
Phone:
(515) 715-3817
Email:
jlwei@iastate.edu
Alladassi, Mahule-Elyse-Boris
Office:
1541 Agronomy Hall, 716 Farm House Lane
Phone:
+1 515 299 2054
Email:
aboris@iastate.edu
Postdoc
Qi Mu
Office:
1541 Agronomy 716 Farm House Ln
Email:
qmu@iastate.edu
Professor and Chair
Lamkey, Kendall
Office:
2104b Agronomy 716 Farm House Ln
Phone:
(515) 294-7840
Email:
krlamkey@iastate.edu

Publications

Jianming Yu on Google Scholar

 

[Breeding Strategy]

[Complex Trait Dissection]

[Genes and Genetics]

[Genomes and Chromosomes]