John M. Burke
Plant Sciences, Rm 4617
Phone Number:  706-583-5511
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 4604
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1994-1999 Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Georgia
1989-1993 B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology, Minor in Statistics, University of Minnesota

Research Projects: 

Our primary focus is plant evolutionary genetics and genomics. More specifically, we're studying the genetic basis of evolutionary divergence within the sunflower family (i.e., the Compositae or the Asteraceae). We also maintain an interest in the ecological and evolutionary impact of transgene escape from genetically modified crops into their wild relatives.

Grant Support: 
  • USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Program (Award #2010-33522-21668). 09/15/10-9/14/13. A multi-generational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflower. $400,000 (one of 3 co-PIs; $303,038 to UGA).
  • NSF Plant Genome Program (Award #DBI-0820451). 03/15/09-02/28/13. Comparative genomics of phenotypic variation in the Compositae. $8,000,000 (one of 7 co-PIs; $1,986,382 to UGA).
  • Genome Canada – Applied Genomics Research in Bioproducts or Crops. Genomics of sunflower. 03/01/09-02/28/13
  • USDA Plant Genome Program. Association genetics in sunflower. 09/1/08-08/30/11
Of Note: 
  • Associate Editor, The Journal of Heredity (2004-2010)
  • Associate Editor, Heredity (2006-2010)
  • USDA panel member, Plant Genome Research Program (2009)
  • NSF panel member, Plant Genome Research Program (2005, 2007)
  • NSF Young Investigator Award in Plant Genome Research (2003-2008)
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