dbtrees people

Dorrie Main

Main was  raised in the beautiful highlands of Northern Scotland. She received a BS in Science and Industrial Studies from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and an M.S. in Information Management and a Ph.D. in Bioscience and Biotechnology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

Following postdoctoral studies in plant biological control (University of Strathclyde) and bioinformatics, (Clemson University) she became Director of  the Bioinformatics group at the Clemson University Genomics Institute and  then an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, at Clemson Univeristy, SC. Currently in Pullman, WA she is an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

While Dorrie loves living in Washington State, where outside pursuits reign supreme, she maintains strong connections to the loved and respected community of Clemson, SC. When pressed about Clemson, she admits that she misses the fireflies most of all. 

Sook Jung

A native of South Korea, Dr. Sook Jung obtained her B.S. in Pharmacy at Pusan National University, then received her M.S. in Biochemistry (1995) and Ph.D. in Genetics and Biochemistry (2000) from Clemson University.  She did her postdoctoral research at MIT on yeast genetics.

She has twin junior bioinformaticists (a boy and a girl) and is a research assistant professor at WSU, working remotely from Michigan. She and Dorrie have worked together since 2003 and though their favorite form of communication is SKYPE and more recently gotomeeting, it's decidedly true that her remoteness keeps her sane :-)

Sook is working on developing database intrastructure, plant comparative genomics, and all things GDR.

Stephen P. Ficklin

Stephen Ficklin create Tripal was first created in 2008 at the Clemson University Genomics Institute (CUGI) to a searchable annotated transcriptomic websites for the marine genomics and Fagaceae (hardwood) communities...

Jill Wegrzyn

Bioinformatics, ecological genomics, plant population genomics, forest tree genetics, scientific databasing, ontologies

Meg Staton

I am developing genetic and genomic tools for a variety of important North American hardwood tree species.  These resources enable elucidation of the molecular basis of tree response to stresses including heat, drought, ozone, and introduced pests and pathogens.  Specifically I am interested in American chestnut, black walnut and oak species, all of which have critical diseases with major economic and ecological implications.  

I am also interested in the public dissemination of research data through online knowledge databases, particularly in increasing communication from scientists to the general public.  I developed and host a public website that provides open access for scientific researchers for hardwood tree data, such as genome sequences, differential gene expression profiles, DNA markers, QTL maps and physical maps (http://www.hardwoodgenomics.org).  Through the integration of outreach activities and newsletters, the site also provides a critical information source for the public about ongoing tree threats and publicly funded initiatives to understand and combat these threats

Albert Abbott

Abbott worked on research problems in molecular biology and molecular genetics in both plants and animal systems. Specific projects involved: 1) study of genes important to growth and development in higher plants; 2) molecular mapping and study of genes important to pathogen resistance in trees; 3) Structural and functional genomics of deciduous trees; 4) studies on fatty acid synthesis genes in higher plants, particularly peanut; and 5) production of synthetic genes for biomimetic manufacturing of novel biobased materials. Methodologies employed included recombinant DNA techniques: protein and nucleic acid gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning and DNA sequencing, molecular marker systems and EST analysis and databasing.

Dana Nelson

I am interested in Host-pathogen genetics, in particular the genetics of fusiform rust disease on slash and loblolly pinespopulation and quantitative genetics of the southern pinesDNA marker development and genome mappingcomparative genomics of the southern pines and related conifers

Ellen Crocker

Ellen Crocker is a postdoctoral scholar working with Kentucky’s Forestry Extension group at UK and as a member of the Forest Health Research and Education Center based in UK’s Department of Forestry. Her background is in plant pathology and her current focus is on education and outreach related to eastern forest health issues such as invasive plants, insects and pathogens.

Bradford Condon

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Kentucky. I am trained as a microbiologist and have slowly evolved as a bioinformaticist and, now, as a mobile/web developer.

Abdullah Almsaeed

Web Developer and Research Associate at UTK

University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee-Knoxville


Hailing from Taiwan, has an M.S. degree in Biochemistry from ? (1998) and another M.S. degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Georgia (2003). After graduating, he worked as a Research Associate at Clemson University for six years before joining the Main Lab in 2010. He is a devoted dad to Matthew (junior bioinformaticist) and enjoys ? He is working on genome database development and also helping with the systems and database administration for the Main Lab servers. He sometimes works remotely from Taiwan.

Katheryn Buble

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.