Josh Clevenger

Haplotype-Based Genotyping in Polyploids

University of Georgia, USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow


Selected from the 2016 Fall Plant Center Retreat poster competition.

Josh Clevenger is a USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellow working under the direction of Scott Jackson at the University of Georgia. He received a MS in Crop Science at The Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics at The University of Georgia working with Esther van der Knaap and Peggy Ozias-Akins, respectively. He currently is developing novel pipelines for efficient sequence-based genotyping in polyploid crops. With these improved pipelines Dr. Clevenger has led the design of an improved second generation 50K SNP array for Arachis and is contributing to the sequencing of the allotetraploid Arachis hypogaea genome.

As a Ph.D student, Dr. Clevenger made significant contributions to the Arachis community, including developing novel methods for polyploid-specific SNP discovery that led to the design of the first generation 58K SNP array, making contributions to the genomes of Arachis duranensis and Arachis ipaensis, and establishing a gene expression atlas for Arachis hypogaea that is incorporated into an electronic florescent pictograph (eFP) browser as a resource for Arachis researchers.