Graduate Student (Jannink Lab), School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Moshood Bakare is a PhD candidate in Jean-Luc Jannink's research group at the Cornell University, in collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (www.iita.org), cassava breeding program based in Ibadan Nigeria. His primary focus is on exploring historical breeding data towards optimizing the breeding program in terms of identifying optimal variance structure model and environmental covariables influencing complex pattern of genotype-by-environment interaction (GEI), delineating the target population of environments (TPEs) into mega-environment, identifying number of TPEs that would maximize gains for economic traits such as fresh root yield and dry matter content. He also carries out stochastic simulation to assess relative gain from selection from breeding schemes targeting broad versus narrow adaptation. My research interests include experimental field design, applying statistical techniques and modeling to scientific research in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, molecular and computational biology, estimation of genetic parameters, genomic prediction, and optimization of breeding strategy.