Workshop Presenters

Data Science Workshop
Karl Broman

Karl Broman is Professor in the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; research in statistical genetics; developer of R/qtl (for R).

Karl received a BS in mathematics in 1991, from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a PhD in statistics in 1997, from the University of California, Berkeley; his PhD advisor was Terry Speed. He was a postdoctoral fellow with James Weber at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, 1997-1999. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, 1999-2007. In 2007, he moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is now Professor.

Karl is a Senior Editor for Genetics and a member of the BMC Biology Editorial Board.

Karl is an applied statistician focusing on problems in genetics and genomics – particularly the analysis of meiotic recombination and the genetic dissection of complex traits in experimental organisms. The latter is often called “QTL mapping.” A QTL is a quantitative trait locus – a genetic locus that influences a quantitative trait. Recently he has been focusing on the development of interactive data visualizations for high-dimensional genetic data.

Invitational Pro-Am Plant Breeding Tournament
Rex Bernardo

Rex Bernardo has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota since 2000. He obtained a B.S. degree in agriculture, majoring in plant breeding, at the Visayas State College of Agriculture in the Philippines in 1984. He graduated summa cum laude and worked in a national breeding program for sweet potato. In 1988 he obtained a Ph.D. degree in plant breeding at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Dr. Bernardo was a research scientist at Limagrain Genetics, Champaign, Illinois for 9 years and a faculty member at Purdue University for 3 years. He has been a visiting scientist at INRA in Gif-sur-Yvette, France; at Limagrain Europe in Riom, France; at Wageningen University in the Netherlands; at CIRAD in Montpellier, France; and at BOKU University near Vienna, Austria.

Professor Bernardo has served as an associate editor and a technical editor of Crop Science and as an editor of Theoretical and Applied Genetics. He received the Young Crop Scientist Award from the Crop Science Society of America in 1999; was elected Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America and of the American Society of Agronomy in 2005; and received the Plant Breeding Impact Award from the National Association of Plant Breeders in 2015.