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Dorrie Main, a native of Scotland raised in the beautiful Highlands, is a Professor of Bioinformatics in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University. She has a BS in Science and Industrial Studies from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and a M.S. in Information Management  and Ph.D. in Bioscience and Biotechnology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Following postdoctoral studies in plant biological control  at the University of Strathclyde and bioinformatics  at Clemson University, she became Director of Bioinformatics  at CUGI and Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, at Clemson University, SC, before moving to WSU in 2005 as an Associate Professor.  She enjoys raising her daughter  Ellie (junior bioinformaticist!) in the Pacific North West with it's nice weather, abundance of wildlife and all the outdoor recreational activities to enjoy with family and friends. Meetings over table tennis matches in the lab are her favorite type of meeting.

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Sook Jung, a native of South Korea, has co-lead the original team of two (her and Dorrie) since it's inception at Clemson University in 2003. She obtained her B.S. in Pharmacy at Pusan National University, then received her M.S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Genetics and Biochemistry from Clemson University. She did postdoctoral research at MIT on yeast genetics and peach bioinformatics at Clemson University. Sook began working at WSU in 2005 as an Assistant Research Professor of Bioinformatics in the Department of Horticulture with a research focus on developing database infrastructure, plant comparative genomics, and all things GDR. Sook works remotely from Michigan where she can often be found riding her e-bike all over the state with her two children (junior bioinformaticists) and husband jogging beside her trying to keep up! She and Dorrie enjoy taking bike tours when visiting different cities for their research.

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Ping Zheng, a native of China, joined the team in 2006 as a post doctoral researcher in bioinformatics with a research focuses on development and implementation of sequence analysis pipelines and online tools. She has a B.S. in Medical Plants and a M.S. in Biotechnology from the China Agricultural University, China and a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University. Ping has great taste in design, decor and jewelery and loves to spend time with her and Taeins son Connor (junior bioinformaticist!) when she's not hard at work. Ping is also an excellent cook and plays a mean game of tennis! She and Dorrie won their tennis league in 2009 (completely due to Pings skill)! We are very glad she is part of our team.

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Taein Lee, a native of Japan, joined the team as a Research Associate in 2006 focusing on development of Tripal databases, the genome annotation server GenSAS, and the Tripal Breeding Information Management Systems (BIMS). He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. in Computer Science  from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Horticulture from Washington State University.  He joined the team in 2006 as a developer and is currently focused on development of the genome annotation server GenSAS, and the Tripal Breeding Information Management Systems (BIMS).  Taein is a devoted dad to he and Pings son, Connor (junior bioinformaticist!) and when not coding like crazy he enjoys playing basketball, running and walking (being pulled) his families Australian Terrier dog, Bear. We are very glad he is part of our team.

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Chun-Huai Cheng, a native of Taiwan, joined the team in 2010 as a Research Associate working on Tripal database development, sequence analysis and also system and database administration as needed. He has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Tamkang University,  and a M.S in Biochemistry National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, as well as a M.S. degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Georgia. After graduating, he worked as a Research Associate at Clemson University for six years before joining us. He is a devoted dad to Matthew (junior bioinformaticist!) and enjoys running. He works  remotely from Taiwan for a part of the year so he can spend more time with his family. We are very glad he is part of our team.

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Jing Yu, a native of China, joined the team in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate managing the CottonGen database. She is responsible for collecting and curating cotton genomics, genetics and breeding data and advising on interface development. Jing has B.S. in Mathematics from Beijing Normal University, China, a M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University, NY and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from AT&T, TX. The former manager of everything for cottondb, Jing joined us when we amalgamated the cotton databases into the Tripal database platform for CottonGen. Working remotely from College Station in Texas, Jing enjoys spending time with her beautiful cat Purffie, visiting her son who is a developer (almost a bioinformaticist!) at Microsoft in Seattle and dancing the night away at the annual PAG conference banquet (expect video footage in January 2018). We are very glad she is part of our team.

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Jodi Humann, a native of central Washington where her family are apple and pear growers, joined the team in 2012 as Program Coordinator and Postdoctoral Research Associate.  She manages the Citrus Genome Database, the Cool Season Food Legume Database and the Genome Database for Vaccinium,  teaches in the Hort 550 Bioinformatics for Research class, ad coordinates program activities (e.g. budgets, hiring, ordering and shouting through the wall that Dorrie is still muted during GoToMeetings). She has a B.S. degrees in Microbiology and in Agricultural Molecular Biology and Genetics from Washington State University and  a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Oregon State University.  She was a postdoctoral researcher with Mike Kahn (Institute of Biological Chemistry, WSU) and Brenda Schroeder (Plant Pathology, WSU) before joining us. She  now gets to combine her  knowledge of laboratory based genetics with bioinformatics while making sure everyone gets paid. We are very glad she is part of our team.

Yu Ma image

Yu Ma received a Ph.D from the Department of Horticulture, WSU and is working on genomics, genetics and breeding of peas in collabration with Drs. Rebecca McGee and Clare Coyne from USDA-ARS, Pullman. 

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Heidi Hough, has degrees in Marketing and Information Systems from the University of Idaho.  She joined the Main Lab in 2015.  When not addressing system needs, Heidi can often be found running along one of the many field roads within the Palouse, dragging her two children along on backpacking adventures in the mountainous regions of the Inland Northwest or knitting sweaters, socks or winter weather accessories.

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Katheryn Buble, originally from the beautiful west coast of British Columbia, Canada, joined the team in 2015 as a Research Associate. She works on creating the TripalMap MapViewer web-based tool for viewing and comparing genetic maps. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.  Upon graduating, she worked for a major industrial software company building large scale real-time client/server software. Always having an interest in plants, she has a growing collection of exotic, person attacking plants at her desk, which provide additional inspiration for her software development. Katheryn also enjoys reading, playing the piano and cycling in the beautiful outdoors of Washington State. She sometimes works remotely from Seattle. We are very glad she is part of our team.

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Morgan Frank, is a data curator primarily working in Cool Season Food Legumes and Citrus Genome Database. She graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with a degree in biology, and is in her third year of working in the Main Lab.

Kristin Scott image

Kristin Scott, is an undergraduate student who curates data for the Mainlab. Kristin's primary duties involve collecting published research that contains genomic data such as maps, markers, quantitative trait loci, and populating the databases with this data.

Deah McGaughey

Deah McGaughey, is a graduate student pursuing a MS in the Department of Horticulture under the co-advising of Dorrie Main, Rebecca McGee (USDA-ARS) and Clare Coyne (USDA-ARS). Her research focusing on the bioaccumulation of arsenic in lentils is funded by a USDA training award through Rebecca McGee (PI . Arron Carter in the Department of Crops and Soil Science at WSU).  As an undergraduate in the Integrated Plant Science Landscape, Nursery and Greenhouse Management BS program at WSU, Deah spent 2 years in the Mainlab as data curator. She extracted and curated genetic data from publications for inclusion in the cotton database, CottonGen, the Cool Season Food legume Database and the Genome Database for Rosaceae. As a graduate student Deah continues to serve as an officer of the Horticulture Club at WSU where she  participates in the growing, caretaking,and sale of plants for the club, in support of horticulture student awards and funding.

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Victor Unda, my undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Washington State University.  Originally from Chile (Chilean), I love to code and write. I have been working for WSU since 2000.