The Stephen Moose Corn Functional Genomics Lab At Illinois

Ongoing Projects


Discovery of maize genes important to nitrogen use efficiency.

Vegetative Phase Change in Maize

Dissecting the molecular and genetic basis of leaf identity traits.


Investigating how small RNAs contribute to hybrid vigor.

Illinois Long-term Selection Experiment

Studying genetic changes in these populations from 100+ years of selection on grain traits.

Energy Corn

Developing maize as a platform for cellulosic biofuel production.


Gene discovery and molecular breeding of broomcorn.

Genome Editing

Using tissue culture to edit various genotypes in maize including ones from the Long-term Selection Experiment.