Interested in joining the lab?

We are seeking additional enthusiastic team members, particularly at the postdoctoral level. If you are interested in joining the group for a postdoc, graduate school, or for undergraduate research experience, please email Tim: beissingert

Principal Investigator

Tim Beissinger

Tim Beissinger

Tim is a research geneticist with the USDA-ARS and an adjunct assistant professor in the Divisions of Plant Sciences and Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Before starting in Missouri, he received a PhD in statistical and quantitative genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by a postdoc at the University of California, Davis.

Lab Manager

Kate Guill, Biological Science Technician

Kate has over 25 years of experience in both the lab and field. She leads all of our data-generating endeavors. (photo is Kate’s dog, Lady Winston)

Postdoctoral Scientists

Sarah Turner, Postdoc

Sarah is an NSF-funded postdoc working on the domestication and evolutionary history of Brassica oleracea (cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc). She completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Graduate Students

Shu-Kai Chang, PhD Student

Shukai is a programming whiz with interests in plant genomics and methods for genome-wide association studies. He is a PhD student in the MU Informatics Institute.

Abiskar Gyawali, PhD Student

Abi is working on identifying selection and conducting GWAS for physiological traits using our experimental evolution ‘Shoepeg’ populations. He is a PhD student in the Division of Biological Sciences.

Undergraduate scientists

Husain Agha, Undergraduate Researcher

Husain is running greenhouse and simulation experiments to understand the imporance of gene x gene interactions and our power to map them in our “Epistasis Mapping Populations” (EMPs). He is a Junior at Mizzou.

Alex Gregory, Undergraduate Researcher

Alex is honing his bioinformatics skills to align and call SNPs from sequence data. His work is contributing to our research into the genomic response to selective forces using experimental evolution. He is a Senior at Mizzou.