Asheesh Singh

Group LeaderProfessor, Bayer Chair in Soybean

My professional interest is to help improve agricultural production and use research/breeding activities for the benefit of farmers and the agriculture industry. I am committed to develop superior soybean cultivars and germplasm for use by farmers and other stakeholders. I have participated in the development of 42 varieties (annually grown in > 10 million acres) and 13 germplasm lines, published >125 peer-reviewed publications (and additionally >150 conference/meeting abstracts or posters), served as a PI/co-PI on 55 funded projects from multiple sources, and given >65 invited talks nationally and internationally. My plant-breeding experience spans soybean, durum wheat, wheat, maize, oats, and barley.

I have co-authored textbook "Plant Breeding and Cultivar Development" (Academic Press, USA; 2021).

I lead a breeding, discovery and tool-development driven group, with an interest in using transcending approaches and research activities to prepare and promote the next generation of exceptionally capable and creative people who will work in inter- and trans-disciplinary teams to conduct critical research and establish productive breeding and research programs and pipelines.

Outside of work, I prefer to spend time with family and friends, traveling, food tasting, and watching sports. Favorite sports and teams: NFL; CFL (Saskatchewan Roughriders), MLB (Toronto Blue Jays), NHL (Toronto Maple Leafs), NBA (Toronto Raptors).

Brian Scott


Carley Clayton


Jennifer Hicks


Joscif Raigne

Agricultural Specialist

Liza Van der Laan


Mariana Chiozza

PhD Student (Co-supervised with Dr. Fernando E Miguez)

Matthew Carroll


Ryan Dunn

Agricultural Specialist

Sarah Jones

PhD student (Previously Research Associate)

Former Team Members

Jae L Brungardt

Assistant Scientist Present: University of Nebraska

Race H. Higgins

PhD StudentPresent: PanAmerican Seeds

Kevin Falk


Kyle Parmley

PhD Student (previously MS)Present: Bayer

Johnathon Shook


Martha Ibore

PhD Student (co-supervisor)Present: lowa State University

Tara Moellers

MS StudentPresent: Beck’s Hybrid

Leonardo Peixoto

Visiting PhD Student (one year)Present: Bayer

Sara Coser

Visiting PhD Student (one year)Present: Bayer

Jiaoping Zhang

Associate Scientist (previously PDF)Present: Associate Professor, Nanjing University

Teshale Assefa Mamo

PDFPresent: Scientist, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Chowda Reddy Rekalakunta Venkatarayappa


Xinyi Xu

PDFPresent: -

Zaki Jubery

PDFPresent: Iowa State University

Undergraduate Student Research Assistants


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