Graduate, Postdoc, and Technician (GPT) Network

Graduate, Postdoc, and Technician (GPT) Network Launch Event

April 18th | 12:00-1:30 PM ET/9:00-10:30 AM CT

Launch Event Activities​

Volunteers have planned several activities for the upcoming launch event!

Networking with other attendees

Trivia! Winners will be invited to lunch with the PlantGENE Steering Committee at the SIVB 2024 Meeting

Opportunity to provide your input on future initiatives

Keynote Presentation

Keys to the development of breakthrough plant transformation technologies​

Dr. John J. Finer

Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
Courtesy Faculty, Florida Gulf Coast University

After John Finer received his MS and PhD from Texas A&M University, he became a postdoctoral fellow at Syngenta. He spent his academic career at The Ohio State University working primarily on tissue culture and transformation of different plants, as well as soybean promoter isolation and characterization using GFP and automated image collection and analysis. He was active in transformation during the development of many of the breakthrough technologies, having constructed an inexpensive and easy-to-operate gene gun, and co-discovering sonication as a means to enhance Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. John Finer retired in 2021 and is now an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University and Courtesy Faculty in The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he continues to play in the laboratory with orchids.

Meet the GPT Network Volunteers

These volunteers plan GPT Network activities. 

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Dr. Samatha Gunapati

Washington University

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Dr. Ved Prakash

Kansas State University

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Moira Rodriguez

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Lena Wilson

Cornell University

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Dr. Minjeong Kang

Ohalo Genetics

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Waqar Ali

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

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Dr. Muhammad Ataullah

PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi

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Dr. Ken Donsky

Picture of Dr. Faisal Saeed

Dr. Faisal Saeed

University of Greenwich

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Dr. Okon Odiong Unung

Ehime University

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Dr. Bedabrata Saha

Volcani Center

Kufre-Abasi Ededet Akpanikot

University of Lagos

Dipendra Kumar Sah

Tribhuvan University

Dr. Sulha Syed

Islamia College Peshawar

Md. Toufiq Hasan

Bangladesh Agricultural University

Eric Gulledge


Dr. Babar Usman

Kyung Hee University

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