2017, October, We're happy to welcome another two members of the lab Sunil Kumar, a recent alumni of the MacKenzie Lab, and Guangchao Sun who just finished up his PhD in the Wilson lab. Sunil is on track to become the lab's new Tripsacum expert, while Guangchao is studying the genetic control of variation in gene expression levels across maize hybrids.

2017, September, Xianjun Lai and Lang Yan, two visiting scholars in the lab from Sichuan, China both returned home this month. Xianjun is finishing up his PhD thesis at Sichuan Agricultural University now that his three papers are all submitted, Lang is taking the skills she learned working with maize and tripsacum back to her job working on potato functional genomics.

2017, August, The Schnable lab welcomes two new members, Preston Hurst, a masters student who comes from a private sector plant breeding background and will be working on nitrogen use efficiency phenotyping in corn, and Holly Podliska a UNL UCARE student and World Food Prize Alumn who will work on reconstructing the evolution cold and freezing tolerance across panicoid grasses.

2017, July, Congratulations to Jinliang Yang who has just started his own research group here at UNL as an assistant professor.

2017, July, Daniel Carvalho has been awarded a prestiguous graduate fellowship from the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute to support his work on comparative genomic analysis of independent origins of C4 photosynthesis.

2017, June, Welcome to the lab Connor Pedersen & Xiaoyang (Chloe) Ye -- both undergraduate research assistants -- and Nicole Hollander (a high school summer intern supported by UNL-CRRI).

2017, May, Thanks to all in the lab for a successful fascination of plants event! We packed 21 high school students into the lab office to learn how to compare syntenic orthologous genes across grain crops using CoGe.

2017, May, Farewell to Logan Olsen, a great undergraduate who has been helping with propogating diverse maize lines over the past year. He is graduating and has been immediately snatched up with an offer of a full time job.

2017, April, We were fortunate to be able to host SK Gupta, ICRISAT's lead pearl millet breeder and our collaborator on a USAID funding project to develop a genomic selection guided breeding program for pearl millet hybrids.

2017, April, Prof. Schnable presents on our work on high throughput phenotyping of water use efficency in maize and sorghum at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference.

2017, April, Tom Hoban, a freshman undergrad in the lab gives his very first poster presentation! (Screening for new sorghum roothairless mutants.)

2017, March, the 59th annual maize genetics conference.

2017, February, Greetings from Tucson, AZ home of the the first annual Phenome Conference. Read notes on the various talks in this public google doc.

2017, February, Prof. Schnable is announced to have received the UNL ARD Junior Faculty Excellent in Research Award.

2017, January, Welcome aboard to Jinliang Yang, an alumi of the Ross-Ibarra Lab at UC Davis, the other Schnable Lab at ISU, and the Jinsheng Lai group at CAU.

2017, January, first annual progress report on our collaborative cold stress project with the Roston Lab.


2016, December ARPA-E annouces tentative funding for our collaboration with the Dong Lab at Iowa State to develop a new generation of nitrogen sensors to look at both nitrogen uptake and remobilization of corn plants in the field. Here's the annoucement (as a PDF).

2016, December Greetings from the IPPN phenotyping meeting held at CIMMYT in Mexico City, home of the third largest ancient pyramid in the world at Teotihuacan.

2016, Congratulations to our awesome collaborators in the Ge Lab and many thanks to USDA NIFA for funding our EAGER grant on a new generation of plant phenotyping robots.

2016 The lab is happen to welcome Logan Olson and Thomas Hoban as new undergraduate research assistants. Thomas is conducting a screen for new sorghum roothairless mutants in a sorghum deletion population generated by the Holding lab, and Logan is working with the maize diversity panel being phenotyped and sequenced as part of the UNL Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation.

2016, September Great write up in UNL today by the always excellent Scott Schrage about our collaborative work with the Ge Lab on maize phenotyping.

2016, September Gifts from the Gates Foundation and Raikes Foundation create the new Food for Health Center at the University of Nebraska. Lead by Andy Benson, the center will seek to understand the interactions between human health and the gut microbiome by using natural biochemical phenotypic diversity in crop plants to purturb the gut micriobiome.

2016, August "Integration of omic networks in a developmental atlas of maize" led by Steve Briggs at UCSD and Justin Walley at ISU, is published in the journal Science. The Schnable lab's contribution to this paper focused on using data from multiple grass species to predict which genes will produce both RNA and protein and which genes will produce only RNA which is not translated into protein. Departmental news coverage here.

2016, August Chenyong Miao joins the lab as a PhD student, having just completed a masters degree with Schnable Lab collaborator Haibao Tang at Fujian Agriculture and Forestery University.

2016, Taylor Horn (Baylor) and Kyle Johnson (BYU) join the Schnable Lab as NSF Bioenergy REU funded undergraduates.

2016, May Daniel Carvalho wins a Milton E. Mohr Fellowship in Biotechnology.

2016, March Zhikai Liang delivers a presentation at the 55th Annual Maize Genetics Conference on identifying different subtypes of the maize inbred B73 using published RNA-seq data. You can see the preprint describing the work he presented here.

At the same meeting a small subset of the progeny and grand progeny of Mike Freeling actually managed to gather in a single location. While the members of the Schnable lab (other than the PI) missed Freeling fest, they also had the chance to meet their grand advisor during the meeting.


And that's it for 2015 folks!

2015, December News breaks that the lab's first federal grant, a collaboration with the Roston Lab to study low temperature tolerance across ten related grass species, was funded by USDA-NIFA

2015, September Xianjun Lai arrives in the lab, supported by a CSC scholarship from the Chinese government to spend two years of his PhD in Lincoln.

2015, August Daniel Carvalho is awarded a PhD fellowship by the Brazilian government to join the lab.

2015, May Zhikai Liang joins the lab from Mississippi State. His is the lab's very first PhD student.


2014, September Yang Zhang becomes the very first memeber of the Schnable research group. She comes from Pinghua Li's research group at CATAS (Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences).

2014, May, James Schnable's first day in the lab.