Brennan Hyden is a third year Ph.D. student in the Larry Smart lab group at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY. He received his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology from Washington State University. His research interests primarily focus on the mechanisms and pathways surrounding sex determination and dimorphism in shrub willows, a short-rotation coppice crop grown in the northeast United States for bioenergy. Brennan is interested in discovering the genes that regulate sex and the metabolic pathways by which they control sex dimorphism. Sex-chromosome dosage compensation in polyploid species and the genetics of monoecious willows are of particular interest as well. He is also currently working on developing a fast and efficient PCR based assay to screen seedlings for sex in Cornell’s shrub willow breeding program. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Brennan hopes to work in horticultural crop genomics research in an industry or government run lab.
Monday, July 27, 2020
4:02 PM – 4:17 PM EDT