Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Jon Cody

Jon Cody, first author of Site-Specific Recombinase Genome Engineering Toolkit in Maize

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota

Education:  PhD, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia

Non-scientific Interests: skateboarding, PC gaming and hockey

Brief bio: My interest in plant biology stems from the undergraduate research project I conducted under the supervision of Darron Luesse at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Dr. Luesse inspired me to continue my education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I received my PhD in the laboratory of James Birchler. During this time, I developed a passion for maize genetics and genetic engineering while working towards developing a system to build artificial minichromosomes. After graduation, I joined Dan Voytas’ lab as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, where I am using developmental regulators to improve the process of plant transformation.