Daniel Kohlhase: C.R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding

April 23, 2020

Daniel Kohlhase is the recipient of the C. R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding. Daniel grew up in Bloomington, IL. He discovered his passion for agriculture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning a BSc in Crop Science. After internships in plant breeding and seed production, Daniel decided to attend graduate school at Iowa State University in 2013. He earned a MSc in Crop Production & Physiology working with Dr. Mike Owen in 2016.

His master’s thesis studied the genetics and molecular response of herbicide resistant weeds, an ongoing crop production challenge. From his work, Daniel first authored two publications including one in BMC Plant Biology in 2019, Using RNA-seq to characterize responses to 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) inhibitor herbicide resistance in waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus).

He is pursuing a PhD in Plant Breeding working with Dr. Michelle Graham. Daniel’s research is to investigate the molecular response of soybean to iron deficiency using various techniques such as RNA sequencing, grafting, and virus induced gene silencing.

Daniel has been an active member of the Agronomy department. He has been an Agronomy senator in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, served in leadership positions for the Agronomy Graduate Student Club, and helped organize multiple Raymond F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposia including serving as Co-Chair of the 2019 symposium. Daniel enjoys spending time with his fiancée, reading, traveling, being outdoors, and game nights with his friends.

Congratulations, Daniel!