BEN N.

MANSFELD PhD

Plant genomics for resilience

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ABOUT

ME!

I'm a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Donald Danforth Center for Plant Science in St Louis, MO. I received my PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan State University.

My work investigates the different strategies plants use to navigate the fine line between growth and defense to maximize fitness. I employ and develop various computational and statistical approaches to study how plants defend against pathogens, with an emphasis on understanding the role development, tissue type, and the circadian clock play in susceptibility to disease. I also examine how domestication and selection have impacted these innate adaptations and the implications this has for agriculture..

 

My current NSF funded research focuses on understanding how domestication has affected the circadian clock and how that, in turn, has influenced disease resistance. 

I am also involved in the assembly of a haplotype phased genome for cassava, with the goal of identifying an elusive mechanism for cassava mosaic disease resistance