Aug 10, 2018

The watermelon harvest season of 2018 is coming to a close and the McGregor Lab wants to express our sincere gratitude to our undergraduate workers for putting up with all of the mud, sweat, weeds, and bugbites that make our research possible!

Thank you for all of your hard work Christie, Emma, Jackie, Sam and Becca!


Jul 20, 2018

Field season in full swing

Summer is always a busy time in our program. Here is Jackie Do, one of our undergraduate students helping to make selections in the field for the breeding program. Doens't that look delicious!


Jul 14, 2018

Congratulations Marin!

Marin Lonnee won first prize at the CAES Young scholars poster competition (Athens) for her poster entitled "Evaluation of Gummy Stem Blight Resistance in Watermelon Using Stagonosporopsis spp. Isolates". Congratulations to Marin and her mentor, Winnie Gimode.

Marin, with her mentor, Winnie Gimode
Proud parents!

Jul 11, 2018

Marin presents her poster at the YSP conference

Marin Lonnee presented her poster at the UGA CAES Young Scholar Internship Program Pre-Collegiate Research Conference.  Marin carried out research with Winnie Gimode on the resistance of watermelon genotypes to specific fugal species and isolates that cause gummy stem blight in watermelon.


Jun 29, 2018

Summer Twilight Field Day

Twilight field day at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville. We were excited to tell everybody about watermelon. Thanks to all who who came by and talked to us.





Jun 13, 2018

Congratulations Lukcy!

Congratulations to Lucky Paudel for successfully defending his M.S. thesis entitled "Refining the Egusi Locus and Mapping of Seed Coat Color Genes in Watermelon". Lucky did a great job and we are all very proud of him!

Jun 8, 2018

Dr. McGregor teaches at University of Padua

Dr. McGregor spent April and May teaching Plant Breeding at  The University of Padua in Italy as part of the dual master's degree program in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture).

Friday Lab Group 1

Friday Lab Group 2
And a beautiful agarose gel! Well done.
End of semester drinks

May 2, 2018

Gummy Stem Blight Research Project featured

Our collaborative research project on the early detection of Gummy stem blight in greenhouses and fields were featured in CAES Newswire. This is a collaborative project with Drs. Bhabesh Dutta and Marin Brewer in UGA Plant Pathology and is funded by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Jorge Reyes (Ph.D. student) testing a spore trap

Mar 23, 2018

Lab members, new and old

We added several new lab members in 2018. Welcome to Jesse Kuze (research technician), Jorge Reyes (Ph.D student) and Ayse Topco (research assistant). We all gathered together to say goodbye to Daniel Powell, our long time undergraduate research assistant who graduated.


Jan 16, 2018

Position available: Research Tech III - Vegetable Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

We currently have an opening for a Research Technician available in our group. Details of the position and application instruction can be found here.

Jan 2, 2018

Leigh Ann Fall - Graduation

Congratulation to Leigh Ann Fall, who graduated in December 2017. We wish you all the best with your future endeavors.



Oct 30, 2017

Congratulations Winnie

Winnie Gimode won 2nd place for her poster presentation at the annual Plant Center Retreat. Here is Winnie in action:


Jul 14, 2017

Congratulations Amaja

Amaja Andrews won 1st prize at the CAES Young Scholars Oral  competition. for her presentation entitled "Identifying a SNP marker for marker assisted selection of Fusarium Wilt Race 1 resistance in watermelon". Congratulations to Amaja and her mentor, Leigh Ann Fall.



Jul 5, 2017

Ph.D Assistanship Available - Spring 2018

A Ph.D. assistantship is available in our lab starting Spring 2018. The research will focus on early pathogen detection using molecular tools and high throughput phenotyping technologies (UAVs).  Candidates with a background in molecular biology and engineering are encouraged to apply. Interested parties should contact Dr. Cecilia McGregor (cmcgre1@uga.edu).

Update: This position has been filled.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxo4x0JnXgJxRVdkWW8tLVFkMDA




Jun 12, 2017

Welcome Josh and Amaja

Welcome Amaja Andrews and Josh Thedford. They will be spending the next six weeks doing research in the lab as part of the UGA CAES Young Scholar Internship Program.  Leigh Ann and Reeve will be showing Amaja and Josh the ropes for the next six weeks.

May 25, 2017

Congratulations Winnie and Leigh Ann!

Winnie Gimode was awarded 1st prize (Ph.D) and Leigh Ann was awarded 2nd prize (M.S.) at the annual IPBGG Retreat poster competition. In addition Winnie was also awarded the Todd Campbell Travel Award ($1,000) to attend the NAPB Annual Meeting at UC Davis in August.
Congratulations Winnie and Leigh Ann. Keep up the good work.

May 8, 2017

Graduation!

Congratulations Dr. Suzanne Stone.