Priscilla Glenn

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About - Plant Geneticist/Agronomist

Hi, my name is Dr. Priscilla Glenn and I am currently a Post-doc in the Blackmon Lab at Texas A&M University researching sex chromosome evolution and striving to improve my bioinformatic abilities. I graduated with my doctorate from UC Davis and my research focused on identifying and incorporating alleles to improve wheat yield. I desire to uncover the connection between genetic variation, desirable phenotypic traits, and varying field environments. Utilizing both tradition breeding methods and genomic selection, I am driven to apply these traits to advance genetic gain and phenotypic improvements to suit the grower’s needs. After my postdoc, I am interested in working in the seed industry in a position which combines genetics, breeding, and/or field work.

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  • City College Station, TX



Doctorate of Horticulture & Agronomy

University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
GPA 3.93/4.0

Classes: MGT 290/298 - Food & Ag Industry Immersion/Exposure, PLS 222 - Advanced Plant Breeding, BIT 160 - Plant Biotechnology, GGG 201D - Quant & Population Genetics, PLS 220 - Genomics & Plant Biotech, PLS 222 - Advanced Plant Breeding, PLB 111 - Plant Physiology, PBI 220 - Plant Development, GGG 201B – Genomics, HRT 200 A/B - Hort & Agron: Principles/Practices, SSC 100 - Principles Soil Sci


Bachelor of Biology & Chemistry Minor

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Graduated Summa cum laude
GPA 3.92/4.0

Research Experience

Chromsome Evolution (2023-Present)

Utilizing HiFi sequence data to assemble various beetle genomes for Synteny analysis. Comparing mammalian PAR size and aneuploidy rates.

FT-A2 (2017-2022)

Improved wheat yield potential by identifying, characterizing, and incorporating an FT2 allele for increased grain number.

bZIPC1 (2020-2022)

Discovered and characterized bZIPC1, the first known interactor with FT2.

BASF Breeding Intern (Summer 2021)

Experienced broad-based exposure to the day-to-day activities of the BASF hybrid-wheat research program.

Iron & Zinc Pasta Levels (2019-2020)

Analyzed seed and pasta end-use quality of lines containing a novel gene which improved iron and zinc levels without hindering yield nor pasta quality.

MSCI (2014-2017)

Analyzed gene expression data from Tribolium beetles to determine if it supports meiotic sex chromosome inactivation

Fire Blight (Summer 2016)

Determined if Fire Blight was attractive to D. Melanogaster and set up procedure for future experiments for other potential FB vectors

Maize Ribo-seq (Summer 2015)

Analyzed Ribosome profiling data and RNA-seq data in Maize to determine the translational efficiency of genes related to C4 photosynthesis.


1) Glenn P, Zhang J, Brown-Guedira G, Dewitt N, Cook JP, Li K, Akhunov E, & Dubcovsky J. (2022). Identification and characterization of a natural polymorphism in FT-A2 associated with increased number of grains per spike in wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 135, 679–692.

2) Glenn P, Hjelmen CJ, Gafford-Gaby RD, Shum A, Blackmon H. (2023). The fitness of the rare sex is destined to decline. (in prep, PNAS)

3) Glenn P, Woods D, Zhang J, Huiqiong L, Gilad G, Odle N, and Dubcovsky J. Wheat bZIPC1 interacts with FT2 and contributes to the regulation of spikelet number per spike. (submitted, Theoretical & Applied Genetics)



  • Traditional & molecular breeding
  • Experimental design and analysis
    (lab, greenhouse & field)
  • Trait Introgression
  • DNA & RNA extraction
  • Illumina/NGS library prep
  • PRC & real time PCR
  • Marker primer assay design/ optimization
  • Sequencing
  • Direct Yeast 2 hybrid
  • Gateway cloning
  • In situ preparation
  • Gel extraction


  • R & RStudio - advanced
  • Python - intermediate
  • Perl - beginner
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Mesquite
  • MrBayes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop


  • Oral & written communication
  • Conflict management
  • Manuscript writing
  • Leadership
  • Task delegation
  • Team management
  • Time management
  • Mentoring
  • Public speaking