Genomic Research

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Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Arnold M. Saxton
Statistics, genomics

Margaret E. (Meg) Staton
Assistant Professor
Genomics / Bioinformatics

Charles Neal (Neal) Stewart, Jr.
Transgenic plants, phytosensors

Groups and Facilities

(4 mentions)

Hardwood Genomics Project 
Creating genomic resources for the most important hardwood species in North America.

(1 mention)

Genomics Hub 
A world-class facility dedicated to agricultural research.



Development of Novel DNA-Based Methods for Detection of Bt Resistant Fall Armyworms, 5/31/2018

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

Faculty 360 | Meg Staton, 2/24/2016

TN to Participate in NSF ‘Big Data’ Genomics Research, 10/14/2014


Recent Publications

Genomic microsatellites from Taraxacum kok-saghyz reveal lack of population structure and modest species diversity, broadly cross-amplifies other Taraxacum species and related genera, and provides evidence for population structure within the North.  M. Nowicki, Y. Zhao, S. Boggess, H. Fluess, M. P.Milans, M. E. Staton, L. C. Houston, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, and R. N. Trigiano.  2018.  Scientific Reports.

Identification of recombination hotspots throughout the soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] genome.  McConaughy, S, G. Graef, K. Amundsen, Q. Song, V. R. Pantalone, and D. Hyten.  2018.  Molecular & Celluar Biology of the Soybean. [Abstract]

Ranavirus phylogenomics: signatures of recombination and inversions among bullfrog ranaculture isolates Claytor, S. C., K. Subramaniam, N. Landrau-Giovannetti, V. G. Chinchar, M. J. Gray, D. L. Miller, C. Mavian, M. Salemi, S. Wisely, and T. B. Waltzek.  2017.  Virology, 511:330-343.

Intra- and intergenomic variation of ploidy and clonality characterize Phytophthora capsici on Capsicum sp. in Taiwan​​ D. Barchenger, K. H. Lamour, Z. M., Sheu,, and S. Shrestha et al..  2017.  Mycological Progress. [Abstract]

The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus‐level sequencing project D. Weston, P. Ranjan, et al.  2017.  New physiologist. [Abstract]

Genetics, genomics, and improving mastitis resistance.  Pighetti, G. M.  2017.  Journal of Dairy Science, 100 (suppl 2): 188.

Phytophthora colocasiae from Vietnam, China, Hawaii and Nepal: intra- and inter-genomic variations in ploidy and a long-lived, diploid Hawaiian lineage Shrestha, S, H. M. Kelly, K. H. Lamour, et al.  2017.  Mycological Progress. [Abstract]

Identifying and Exploring Significant Genomic Regions Associated with Soybean Yield, Seed Fatty Acids, Protein and Oil Smallwood, C., J. D. Gillman, A. M. Saxton, H. Bhandari, P. A. Wadl, B. D. Fallen, D. L. Hyten, Q. Song, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  J. Crop Sci. Biotech., 2017 (December) 20 (4) : 243-253. [Abstract]

Comparison of molecular and phenotypic breeding strategies for soybean yield, fatty acids, protein, and oil.  Smallwood, C., J. Gillman, A. M. Saxton, H. Bhandari, P. A. Wadl, B. Fallen, D. Hyten, Q. Song, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. [Abstract]

The Hardwood Genomics Project.  Staton, M. E., M. Chen, A. Almsaeed, B. Condon, J. Yu, N. Henry, J. Wegrezyn, D. Main, and S. Ficklin.  2017.  American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, Computer Applications in Horticulture ses.

Genomic identification of bZIP family genes involved in drought and heat stresses in strawberry (Fragaria vesca).  Wang, X., X. Chen, T. Yang, and Z. Cheng.  2017.  International J. Genomics., 3981031. doi: 10.1155/2017/3981031.

Development of genic and genomic microsatellites in Gleditsia triacanthos L. (Fabaceae) using Illumina sequencing.  Wu, Y., R. Zhang, M. E. Staton, S. E. Schlarbaum, J. Romero Severson, J. Carlson, H. Liang, Y. Xu, D. Drautz-Moses, S. Schuster, and O. Gailing.  2017.  Annals of Forest Research, 60(2).