Irwin has been a faculty member at UW-Madison since 1992 and is currently a professor in the Department of Horticulture. He is a plant breeder and runs breeding programs on carrot, onion, and table beet. Irwin teaches courses in plant breeding and genetics, vegetable crops, plants and human wellbeing, and evolutionary biology. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-7781.
Current Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Scientists
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Katharina Wigg is a graduate student working on breeding for resistance to Rhizoctonia solani in table beet. Katharina has a B.S. from Iowa State University.
Solveig, email@example.com, is a graduate student working on genetic aspects of flavor and culinary quality in table beet. Solveig has a B.A. from Grinnell College, and extensive experience as an organic farmer and the seed industry.
Claire Luby is a Faculty Associate working on seed sovereignty and seed stewardship with Wisconsin tribes. She is also teaching introductory horticulture, Horticulture 120.
Scott Brainard is a graduate student working on the genetic control of market class and root shape in carrot. Scott has an M.S. from Wageningen University and a B.A. from Swarthmore.
Chandler Meyer, Shayna Moss, Taylor Sefzik
Chandler Meyer (left) is Ph.D. student who is co-advised with Patrick Krysan. Chandler has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working on a gene editing project in carrot, focusing on the production of carrot haploids.
Recent Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Undergraduate Students
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Lynn, firstname.lastname@example.org completed her Ph.D. in late 2017 working on breeding, genetics, and biosynthesis of geosmin in table beet. Lynn is currently a carrot breeder with Bejo Seeds in Idaho.
Claire, email@example.com, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, having recently completed her Ph.D. working on carrot breeding and genetics.
Chris, firstname.lastname@example.org, recently completed his Ph.D. working on the genetic and environmental control of vernalization in onion. Chris is a sweetcorn breeder with Illinois Foundation Seed in Wisconsin.
Former Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Postdocs, and Staff
Murray Kapell, M.D.
Not pictured: Jennifer Baeten