Andrew H. Paterson
Regents Professor
Director, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory
Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, Rm 228
Phone Number:  706-583-0162

Ph.D Plant Genetics, Cornell University 1988

Research Projects: 

My lab studies intrinsic genetic properties that make plants different from other organisms and from one another. In particular, selected plants have become crops because of unique attributes that also make them valuable as botanical models. Crop genetics thus offers the opportunity to increase basic scientific knowledge and apply it to contemporary needs. Our priorities are to explore basic principles of genetics and evolution in the genomes of angiosperms, and to accelerate assembly of the genomic frameworks that will permit such principles to be applied to the study and improvement of major crops.

Grant Support: 
  • Dr Paterson has secured $28.2 million, including $18.5 million as Principal Investigator (40% of which supported his colleagues), and $9.7 million as coinvestigator
    on awards totaling $38.1 million to his colleagues. He has secured two competitive training grants of $108,000 (PI) and $1.6 million (co-PI), one regional economic development grant ($600,000), and has helped 37 scholars to secure $1.24 million to study in his lab. He is the PI on a non-cash award (est. $8 million) from the US Dept of Energy Joint Genome Institute Community Sequencing Program‟ to sequence the 736 Mb sorghum genome, and two non-cash
    awards (est. $2 million) to initiate (1.5 Gb) sequencing of Gossypium raimondii.
  • CGIAR-Generation Challenge Program. Discovery and development of alleles contributing to sorghum drought tolerance. 10/08-9/11.
  • National Science Foundation. The evolution of gene position and function inArabidopsis. 10/08-9/12.
  • National Science Foundation PGRP. Comparative and evolutionary genomics of cotton. 1/09-12/13.
  • National Science Foundation-PFI. Scaling a new adaptive peak for cotton. 9/09-8/12.
  • National Science Foundation-DBI. Plant Genome Duplication Database. 9/09-8/12.
  • DOE-USDA. Accelerating the domestication of Miscanthus. 9/09-8/12.
Of Note: 
  • Int‟l Cotton Genome Initiative Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cotton Genomics 2010
  • Lamar Dodd Research Award, UGA. 2009.
  • Fellow, AAAS. 2008.
  • Co-chair & Chair, Structural genomics workgroup, Intl Cotton Genome Initiative. 2007-10.
  • James Irvine Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oversight committee. 2007-date.
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Plant Sciences. 2007-8.
  • Cotton Genetics Research Award, National Cotton Council. 2008.
Selected Publications: 
  • Wenqian Kong and Huizhe Jin (co-first authors), Cleve D. Franks, Changsoo Kim, Rajib Bandopadhyay, Mukesh K. Rana, Susan A. Auckland, Valorie H. Goff, Lisa K. Rainville, Gloria B. Burow, Charles Woodfin, John J. Burke, Andrew H. Paterson 2013. Genetic analysis of recombinant inbred lines for Sorghum bicolor x S. propinquum. G3 3:101-108. doi:10.1534/g3.112.004499
  • Changsoo Kim, Tae-Ho Lee, Rosana O. Compton, Jon S. Robertson, Gary J. Pierce, and Andrew H. Paterson. 2013. A genome-wide BAC end-sequence survey of sugarcane elucidates genome composition, and identifies BACs covering much of the sugarcane euchromatin. Plant Molecular Biology 81:139-147.
  • Dong Zhang, Hui Guo, Changsoo Kim, Tae-Ho Lee, Jingping Li, Jon Robertson, Xiyin Wang, Zining Wang and Andrew H. Paterson. CSGRqtl, a comparative QTL database for Saccharinae grasses. 2013. Plant Physiology, 161(2):594-599.
  • Yupeng Wang, Xiyin Wang, Tae-Ho Lee, Shahid Mansoor and Andrew H. Paterson. 2013. Gene body methylation shows distinct patterns associated with different gene origins and duplication modes and has a heterogeneous relationship with gene expression in Oryza sativa (rice). New Phytologist 198(1); 274-283. doi: 10.1111/nph.12137.
  • Ray Ming, Robert VanBuren, Yanling Liu, Mei Yang, Yuepeng Han, Lei-Ting Li, Qiong Zhang, Min-Jeong Kim, Michael C. Schatz, Michael Campbell, Jingping Li, John E. Bowers, Haibao Tang, Eric Lyons, Ann A. Ferguson, Giuseppe Narzisi, David R. Nelson, Crysten E. Blaby-Haas, Andrea R. Gschwend, Yuannian Jiao, Joshua P. Der, Fanchang Zeng, Jennifer Han, Xiangjia Min, Karen A. Hudson, Ratnesh Singh, Aleel K.Grennan, Steven J. Karpowicz, Jennifer R. Watling, Kikukatsu Ito, Sharon A. Robinson, Matthew E. Hudson, Qingyi Yu, Todd C. Mockler, Andrew Carroll, Yun Zheng, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Ruizong  Jia, Nancy Chen, Jie Arro, Ching Man Wai, Ashley Spence, Yanni Han, Liming Xu, Jisen Zhang, Rhiannon Peery, Miranda J. Haus, Wenwei Xiong, James A. Walsh, Jun Wu, Ming-Li Wang, Yun J. Zhu, Robert E. Paull, Anne B. Britt, Chunguang Du, Stephen R. Downie, Mary A. Schuler, Todd P. Michael, Steve P. Long, Donald R. Ort, J. William Schopf, David R. Gang, Ning Jiang, Mark Yandell, Claude W. dePamphilis, Sabeeha S. Merchant, Andrew H. Paterson, Bob B. Buchanan, Shaohua Li, Jane Shen-Miller. 2013.  Genome of the long-living sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) Genome Biology 14:R41 doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-5-r41
  • Joshua P. Vandenbrink, Roger N. Hilten, K.C. Das, Andrew H. Paterson, and F. Alex Feltus. 2013. Quantitative Models of Hydrolysis Conversion Efficiency and Biomass Crystallinity Index for Plant Breeding. Plant Breeding 32(3): 252-258. DOI: 10.1111/pbr.12066
  • Paterson, A. H. 2013.  The post-genomic era for cotton.  ICAC Reporter, March 2013, pgs 13-20.
  • Hui Guo, Tae-ho Lee, Xiyin Wang, Andrew H. Paterson. 2013.  Function relaxation followed by diversfying selection after whole genome duplication in flowering plants.  Plant Physiology 162(2):769-78. doi: 10.1104/pp.112.213447.
  • David J. Bertioli, Bruna Vidigal, Stephan Nielen, Millind Ratnaparkhe, Tae-ho Lee, Soraya C.M. Leal-Bertioli, Changsoo Kim, Patricia M. Guimarães, Guilhermo Seijo, Trude Schwarzacher, Andrew H. Paterson, Pat Heslop-Harison, Ana C.G. Araujo. The repetitive component of the A genome of peanut (Arachis hypogaea) and its role in remodelling intergenic sequence space since its evolutionary divergence from the B genome." Annals of Botany 112(3):545-59. doi: 10.1093/aob/mct128.
  • Seth C. Murray, Philip Eckhoff, Lowell Wood, Andrew H. Paterson. 2013.  Rapid Genetic Advancements in Agricultural Species via Cycling of Gametes in Vitro.  Nature Biotechnology 31:877-880.
  • Joshua P. Vandenbrink, Valorie Goff, Huizhe Jin, Wenqian Kong, Andrew H. Paterson, and F. Alex Feltus. 2013. Identification of Biconversion Quantitative Trait Loci in the Interspecific Bioenergy Grass Cross Sorghum bicolor x Sorghum propinquum.  Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126(9):2367-80. doi: 10.1007/s00122-013-2141-6.
  • Savio de Siqueira Ferreira, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama-Jr, Andrew H. Paterson and Glaucia Mendes Souza. 2013. Biofuel and Energy Crops: high yield Saccharinae take center stage in the post genomics era.  Genome Biology 14:210.
  • Joshua P. Vandenbrink, Ryan E. Hammonds, Roger N. Hilten, K.C. Das, J.Michael Henson, Andrew H. Paterson, and F. Alex Feltus. 2013. Tissue specific analysis of bioconversion traits in the bioenergy grass Sorghum bicolor.  Industrial Crops and Products 50:118-130.
  • Ningjia He, Chi Zhang, Xiwu Qi, Shancen Zhao, Yong Tao, Guojun Yang, Tae-Ho Lee, Xiyin Wang, Qingle Cai, Dong Li, Mengzhu Lu, Sentai Liao, Guoqing Luo, Rongjun He, Xu Tan, Yunmin Xu, Tian Li, Aichun Zhao, Ling Jia, Qiang Fu, Qiwei Zeng, Chuan Gao, Bi Ma, Jiubo Liang, Xiling Wang, Jingzhe Shang, Penghua Song, Haiyang Wu, Li Fan, Qing Wang, Qin Shuai, Juanjuan Zhu, Congjin Wei, Keyan Zhu-Salzman, Dianchuan Jin, Jinpeng Wang, Tao Liu, Maode Yu, Cuiming Tang, Zhenjiang Wang, Fanwei Dai, Jiafei Chen, Yan Liu, Shutang Zhao, Tianbao Lin, Shougong Zhang, Junyi Wang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Guangwei Yang, Jun Wang, Andrew H. Paterson, Qingyou Xia, Dongfeng Ji & Zhonghuai Xiang, 2013. Draft Genome Sequence of a Mulberry Tree, Morus notabilis C.K. Schn.  Nature Communications 4;2445. doi:10.1038/ncomms3445
  • Zining Wang, Dong Zhang, Xiyin Wang, Xu Tan, Hui Guo, Andrew H. Paterson. 2013. A Whole Genome DNA Marker Map for Cotton Based on the D-genome Sequence of Gossypium raimondii L.  G3 3 (10):1759-1767.
  • Haibao Tang, Hugo Cuevas, Sayan Das, Uzay U. Sezen, Chengbo Zhou, Hui Guo, Valorie H. Goff, Thomas E. Clemente, Andrew H. Paterson.  2013. Seed shattering in a wild Sorghum is conferred by a locus independent of a domestication locus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 110(39):15824-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1305213110.
  • Comparative analysis of peanut NBS-LRR gene clusters suggests evolutionary innovation among duplicated domains and erosion of gene microsynteny. 2011. New Phytologist 192: 164-178
  • Micro-collinearity and genome evolution in the vicinity of an ethylene receptor gene of cultivated diploid and allotetraploid coffee species (Coffea). 2011. The Plant Journal 67, 305-317
  • Paleo-Green Revolution for rice 2011 PNAS Early Edition
  • Comparative analysis of Gossypium and Vitis genomes indicates genome duplication specific to the Gossypium lineage. 2011. Genomics, 97, 313-320.
  • Genetic diversity analysis of maintainer and restorer accessions in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). 2011. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol., 20(1): 20-28
  • Metabolite and mineral analyses of cotton near-isogenic lines introgressed with QTLs for productivity and drought-related traits. 2011. Physiologia Plantarum, 141: 265-275.
  • Microcollinearity between autopolyploid sugarcane and diploid sorghum genomes. 2010. BMC Genomics, 11:,261
  • Gene copy number evolution during tetraploid cotton radiation. 2010. Heredity, 1-10
  • Haibao Tang, John E. Bowers, Xiyin Wang, Andrew H. Paterson. 2010. Early polyploidy events in the monocotyledon lineage revealed by angiosperm genome comparisons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 107: 472-477.