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).


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


Congratulations Dr. Suzanne Stone.

Mar 9, 2017

Suzanne Stone Exit Seminar Announcement

Suzanne Stone will be delivering her Ph.D. Exit seminar on Wednesday, March 15th at 3:30 pm in Room 1502 Miller Plant Sciences. The title of her seminar is "Using plant breeding,cultivar evaluation, and cultivation strategies to address challenges in sustainable watermelon production."

Feb 23, 2017

Jean presents poster at Georgia Organics Conference

Jean Yost (Undergraduate Researcher) presents her poster entitled "A Comparison of 13 Pepper Cultivars under an Organic Farming System" at the 2017 Georgia Organics Conference in Atlanta.

Dec 21, 2016

1st Annual Watermelon Research @ UGA Symposium

UGA watermelon researchers and graduate students met on the Athens campus to discuss their research, grower needs, future research priorities, collaborations, and funding ideas.

Sep 3, 2016

Talking Watermelon

Conversation with Dr. Kevin Folta about Watermelon on his Talking Biotech Podcast.

049 Watermelons

Aug 16, 2016

The End of Summer Harvest

The end of our  2016 watermelon field season. We survived!

From left to right: Leigh Ann Fall, Winnie Gimode, Daniel Powell, Reeve Legendre and Yihua Chen.

Mar 23, 2016

New Graduate Student - Winnie Gimode

Winnie Gimode joined our group in Spring 2016. Winnie is pursuing her PhD and will be working on gummy stem blight resistance and flowering time in watermelon. Welcome Winnie!

From Left to right: Suzanne Stone (P.hD student); Dr. Yihua Chen (Research technician); Winnie Gimode (P.hD student), Dr. Cecilia McGregor (Principal Investigator), Leigh Ann Fall (M.S. Student), and Reeve Legendre (Ph.D student).

Watermelon Seed Extraction and Storage

Will Hemphill, an Undergraduate student worker in our laboratory made this video abut manual watermelon seed extraction and storage. Good Job Will!

Sep 3, 2015

Post Harvest Cleaning!

The MacLab's newest members, Leigh Ann Fall and Reeve Legendre, get their hands dirty with the post harvest season field cleaning!

Aug 7, 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Phyllicia Thomas wins 1st prize!

Phyllicia Thomas won 1st prize for her oral presentation in the CAES Young Scholars Internship Program (Athens). The title of her research was "Detection of mutations in a candidate gene associated with bi-sexual flowers in watermelon"

Here is Phyllica with her proud parents and mentor.

Phyllicia hard at work in the lab.

Congratulations to Phyllicia for her outstanding work on this project!

Jun 4, 2015

Watermelon planting day! Oh joy!

The McGregor Lab and Team Boyhan hand-transplanted ACRES of watermelon in May and June with help from graduate peers in the Horticulture Department.  The two teams will have 6 watermelon field experiments running this summer at the Durham Horticultural Farm.  Of course we are looking forward to tasting the fruit!!

Pictured (left to right): Suzanne Stone, Alex Rajewski, Will Hembree, and Lindsay Davies

May 20, 2015

CROPS 2015

Dr. McGregor is currently attending the CROPS 2015 conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

The conference was co-organized by HudsonAlpha and the University of Georgia. It is held at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and is part of the IPBGG annual retreat.

The start of the Genome Walkway - the larges double helix in the world!

Apr 22, 2015

Undergraduate Researchers present their Research at the Horticulture Seminar Series

Three brave undergraduate researchers presented their research today in the Horticulture seminar series. Well done Mark, Maya and Will - you all did a great job!